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Reducing the Length of a Placement

A reduction or abridgement to the experiential training requirement is only available if you choose to article. The 8-month Law Practice Program cannot be reduced or shortened.

There are two ways to reduce the length of the minimum 8-month articling program:  

  • An abridgement based on compassionate grounds

    The Licensing and Accreditation Department may approve an abridgement of the articling placement based on compassionate grounds for a period of up to six weeks. Compassionate grounds may include family responsibilities, prolonged illness or injury or any other ground deemed compassionate by the Licensing and Accreditation Department. The request should be submitted after the candidate has taken the time off.

    To apply for an abridgement based on compassionate grounds, you must complete the application, attach supporting documentation, and submit it to 

    The granting of an abridgement based on compassionate grounds is discretionary. 

  • An abridgement based on prior legal experience

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