About Articling

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

How do I find an articling position? 

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 for 12 months. There are also a number of other ways to fulfil the 12-month articling requirement, including sharing articles among several legal services providers over the course of the year-long period. 

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

How do I apply? 

The articling application is currently being revised. Please contact Pam Connor at pconnor@nsbs.org if you are starting articles before June 1, 2020.  

Articled Clerks Forms & Documents:

Please note: The articling application is currently being revised. Please contact Pam Connor at pconnor@nsbs.org if you are starting articles before June 1, 2020.