LSUC proposes options to address articling crisis

January 23, 2012

In an effort to address Ontario's articling position shortage, the Law Society of Upper Canada has proposed 5 options for the province's licensing process: the status quo; the status quo with quality assurance improvement; the replacement of a pre-licensing transition requirement with a post-licensing transition requirement; a choice of either articling or a practical legal training course; or only a practical legal training course. There was widespread support for the fourth option from attendees at a public consultation last week. A member of LSUC's articling task force says the fourth option would better suit students planning to practise at a small firm or become a sole practitioner as the law society would encourage those types of lawyers to offer placements. Canadian Lawyer