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Ending a Placement

Steps to Ending a Placement

  • Step One: File the Certificate of Service

    This form must be completed and filed by a candidate who is serving under an Articles of Clerkship or completing a National or International Articling, no later than 10 business days after the end of the articling placement.

    If you wish to be called to the bar in June you must file the Certificate of Service by the early filing deadline.

    Both you and your principal must sign this form.

    How to File:

    1. Download and complete the Certificate of Service form 

    2. File the form through your online account as an attachment or by emailing it to articling@lso.ca.

  • Step Two: File the Record of Experiential Training

    Within ten business days of the end of your articling placement, both you and your articling principal are required to file the respective record of experiential training online. Your report is filed through your online account and your principal’s report is filed through the Articling Program Reporting Tool.

    Purpose: The record of experiential training is used to report your experience during the articling placement as it relates to the experiential training competencies. If you were not able to perform all of the competencies, you can explain why in this report.

    How to File:

    1. Log into your Licensing Process online account.
    2. On the left hand side you will see the “Experiential Training” Tab. Click on this tab.
    3. You will see your principal’s name in a table with a “Manage” button.
    4. Click “Manage” to complete the report.
    5. Click “Preview and File with the Law Society” to submit the information.

    This concludes your experiential training. If you do not intend on providing legal services before you are called to the bar, then there are no more steps for you to take. If you do intend on providing legal services after you complete your experiential training, but before you are licensed, you must file a Supervision Agreement, as explained below.

  • Step Three (if applicable): File a Supervision Agreement

    If you intend on providing legal services as a student-at-law after you have completed experiential training and before you are called to the bar, first review the Guidelines for Lawyer Licensing Candidates Awaiting Call to the Bar.  As explained in this guide, you must complete a Supervision Agreement form in order to provide legal services, which must be signed by yourself and your supervisor. This form must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the start date. Supervision Agreements may not be approved if submitted past the deadline.

    Supervision Agreements will generally be approved for two distinct time periods. The first time period is applicable to candidates who have not yet completed all of the licensing requirements. Such candidates may file a Supervision Agreement for a maximum of four months and will have to file a new Supervision Agreement upon the expiry of the agreement. The second time period is applicable to candidate who have completed all of their licensing requirements and are waiting to be called to the bar. Such candidates may apply for a Supervision Agreement until the date of the next applicable call to the bar. You may not provide legal services until the Supervision Agreement has been approved. If you seek to provide legal services beyond the approved term, you may file a subsequent Supervision Agreement.

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