Articling positions - How to get one

Finding an articling position is a challenge no matter which jurisdiction you're attempting to qualify in. It is important for you to check with the Law Society of your jurisdiction on any special rules and dates they may have for applying for articles. Below you will find some FAQs answers that I have received over the years.

Q: Do I need to complete the NCA process and have my Certificate of Qualification before I can begin applying for articles?

A: No! Particularly if you're trying to land a positon with a large firm. Many firms will start their recruitment process for articleships more than a year in advance. Remember that large firms normally hire their summer students. As an NCA students, you are less likely to have the opportunity to apply for those posts. Don't let that discourage you though, I do not several NCA students that have landed articling positions with large firms. Just be realistic about your expectations so that you don't waste time applying to firms where you won't get hired. For example, if you graduated with a 2:2 or even a mid-2:1, I would not waste time applying to bay-stret firms.

Q: Can I apply for an abridgement to have my articling term shortened?

A: This all depends on which law society you are applying to. For example, I do not know of an abridgement program for LSBC, but LSUC does have one. When you apply for an abridgement you will not receive 1:1 credit for your work experience, it will more likely be at a ration of 3:1 or 4:1. Meaning every three or four months of experience will likely translate to 1 month of abridgement.

Q: How do I stand out from the crowd to find a job?
A: The most important tip I can recommend is to network. Networking doesn't mean to simply get on LinkedIn and add as many people as you possibly can. You need to make meaningful connections with people that may share the same passions and interests as you.

Join the Canadian Bar Association. NCA students can get a heavily dscounted yearly membership for only $20. As a CBA member you will get regular updates on networking events relating to specific areas of law. Get out of the house and meet people in real life. Try and find people you want to associate with. Don't make every conversation about you and your pursuit of an articling position. Just get out there, be genuine and try and make friends.

You can join the CBA by clicking HERE.