About Articling

The Society’s office will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2022–January 2, 2023. Applications will not be processed during this time. Our office will reopen Wednesday, January 3, 2023.

2022-2023 Articling Term

Articled Clerks must complete a 12-month articling term, which includes the Bar Admission Program.

Due to the exceptional circumstances related to COVID-19, the Society had shortened the required articling term to a minimum of 8 months.  Students expected to be called to the Bar in June 2023 remain eligible for the shortened term, subject to approval by the Society.  To be eligible for the June 2023 call, an articled clerk must have successfully completed their term of articles (starting no later than October 1, 2022), one of the June 2022 sessions of PREP (regular or accelerated) and the Society’s Cultural Competence Workshop.  

Paper Applications Not Required

Please note that we do not require a paper copy of your articling applicationE-mail your scanned application to a[email protected] Note that you can scan documents using most smartphones.

Please allow 2 business days after submitting your application before contacting us to process the application fee by:

  • Credit card by calling us at 902-422-1491
  • Online bankingPlease call us at 902-422-1491 & we will provide you with an ID number required for the articled clerk. You will then add Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society as a payee under bill payments and use the ID number with two zeros at the beginning as the account number.
  • Invoice – Please contact Erika Hosking at [email protected] to request an invoice.

We do not accept e-transfer payments.

Articling Handbook

What is an Articled Clerk?  

Articled clerks are members of the Society who are enrolled in the bar admission program.  

What is articling? 

Articling is a period of experiential learning meant to assist in the transition from law school to the actual practice of law.  

During articling the goal is to provide each articled clerk with an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of relevant areas, including (but not limited to) professional responsibility, personal practice and office management, interviewing and advising, negotiation, and advocacy.  

A clerk’s work must be supervised by other lawyers, who provide constructive feedback and assist them in learning legal practice and client management skills. 

A clerk may commence articling throughout the calendar year on the first of any month however, June 1 is the most common start date. 

What are the prerequisites for applying to article? 

To be eligible to commence articles and apply to the Society, you must: 

  1. have a law degree; 
  2. be lawfully entitled to work in Canada; and 
  3. have an articling position arranged. 

How do I find an articling position? 

Applicants are encouraged to review CPLED’s articling search resources and supports including their Student Resume Directory. Applicants can create a profile for CPLED’s directory to attract legal recruiters searching for articling students.

We also encourage applicants to review the Society’s Career Opportunities page as firms will often post articling opportunities to the Society’s website.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to find an articling position. An applicant can participate in interviewing sessions at law school and send out resumés to firms.  

The traditional articling position will have a clerk working with a qualified principal or supervising lawyer. There are also a number of other ways to fulfil the articling requirement, including sharing articles among several legal services providers over the course of the articling term, seconding to another lawyer for part of the term, and completing articles on a part-time basis.  

Applicants who have completed clerkships in other provinces may apply for credit toward the requirement. 

How do I apply? 

Before beginning articles, an applicant must apply to the Society to become an Articled Clerk.  Applicants must submit the application forms together with the documentation listed in the checklist found at the beginning of the Articling Application –  Part 1 (PDF). 

Some of the documentation is completed in conjunction with your Principal, who also must apply to the Society to become a Principal

We process completed applications in the order in which they are received. Please submit your application at least six weeks prior to your preferred articling start date (or by April 1 if applying to begin on June 1) or your start date may be delayed. 

You may submit your application prior to registering for PREP.

Articled Clerk Information Documents

Articled Clerk Application Forms

Articled Clerk Form to Extend Articles

Articled Clerk Form to Assign Articles