Summary of Articling Experience Survey Results
The Law Society’s Professional Development and Competence Committee commissioned the Articling Experience Survey research to examine the experiences of articling students. The research was commissioned as part of the Law Society’s comprehensive review of the licensing process that is currently underway to make long-term recommendations for an appropriate and sustainable licensing system. More information on the licensing review process can be found here.
The survey was aimed at lawyers who had completed their Articling in 2014-2015, or 2015-2016, and those candidates who were in the 2016-2017 Articling process at the time of the survey.
The findings from one section of the survey relating to articling candidates experiencing discriminatory treatment in relation to sexual harassment, racial and gender discrimination resulted in the Law Society establishing a small team of benchers to develop a series of actions to be taken to address these issues.
The benchers involved include: Cathy Corsetti; Jacqueline Horvat; Barbara Murchie; Jonathan Rosenthal and Tanya Walker.
In addition to encouraging conversation and discussion in the legal professions on harassment and discrimination, these benchers, supported by Law Society staff, will be taking several steps to more directly address this issue:
- The Law Society will engage with law firms and legal departments in a variety of settings to share best practices in addressing issues around harassment and discrimination, including examining how best to establish safe spaces where candidates, lawyers and paralegals, and the public can confidentially report instances of harassment and discrimination;
- Greater efforts will be made around the promotion of Law Society services and support to assist people experiencing discrimination or harassment, including raising awareness of the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel and the Member Assistance Program; and
- A review will be conducted of Section 6.3 (Sexual Harassment) and Section 6.3.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct related to discrimination and harassment, to ensure they are up-to-date and reflective of the latest statutory changes and case law.
The Law Society remains steadfast in its long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the legal professions, and we encourage anyone requiring support to use the services available, and to contact Law Society directly if desired.
The survey was developed by Research & Evaluation Consulting’s (RaECon) Managing Director, Dr. A. Sidiq Ali in conjunction with the Law Society.