Pathways update: Articling Program enhancements
Changes to the 2014-15 Articling Program, introduced as part of the Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project, will support an overall evaluation of the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process, including the Law Practice Program and the Articling Program.
“With the introduction of the Law Practice Program to address the shortage of articling positions, we are also required to look at the Articling Program to make sure we have appropriate measures in place to evaluate both pathways in preparing candidates for entry-level practice,” says Diana Miles, Executive Director, Professional Development and Competence at the Law Society.
The enhancements to the Articling Program include an annual Experiential Training Plan to be filed by Articling Principals at the start of the articling placement. The plan will assure that the articling placement will provide the candidate with a meaningful training experience and support fulfilment of the established skills competencies. It will also serve as a valuable reference tool for Principals throughout the placement.
Another significant enhancement is the Record of Experiential Training in Articling Program (RET), a new online tool developed by the Law Society to gather information about articling placements from Principals and candidates. Both the Principal and the candidate will use the RET to report on the activities undertaken by the candidate during the placement, and this information will provide the Law Society with a better understanding of the level of a candidate’s competency achievement during articling placements.
“We recognize the immense contribution to the profession made by Articling Principals,” says Miles. “We have designed the RET to be as user-friendly as possible, and we’ve developed resources, including an interactive guide to assist Principals with understanding and fulfilling the new requirements.”
Pathways is a three-year pilot project approved by the Law Society in October 2012 to address the shortage of articling positions. Under the pilot project, candidates may choose to either complete the Articling Program or the Law Practice Program to fulfil the experiential training requirement of the Lawyer Licensing Process. Ryerson University will provide the Law Practice Program in English and the University of Ottawa will provide the French Law Practice Program. Over the course of the three-year pilot project, the Law Society will study the effectiveness of both the Articling and Law Practice Programs in preparing candidates for entry to the profession.
See the articling changes web pages for more information.