About Articling

Articling/Bar Admission Program Virtual Information Session

Watch the recording of the NSBS/CPLED Articling/PREP Information Session held on March 11, 2024.

A copy of the PowerPoint Presentations from the March 11, 2024 NSBS / CPLED virtual information session for prospective Articled Clerks are also available. View the NSBS presentation here. CPLED’s presentation can be viewed here.

Articling is a 12-month 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;  
  1. be lawfully entitled to work in Canada; and  
  1. 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?  

Applicants must obtain a unique ID # from the Society in order to apply by sending an email to licensing@nsbs.org with their full legal name and date of birth. Once the ID # is received, applicants submit the Articling Application Formthrough our website, along with the relevant documentation listed in the checklist found at the beginning of the form. Applicants must receive an approval letter prior to commencing articles.

Some of the documentation is completed in conjunction with your Principal, who also must apply to the Society to become a Principal. They will automatically be emailed this form upon the submission of your application 

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