Reasons for assigning articles (changing principals)
- student has opportunity for long-term employment with another firm that wishes to employ the student for the balance of the articling period
- student is seeking wider experience
- conflict between principal and student
No principal should unreasonably withhold a request to assign articles under these circumstances.
How to apply to assign articles to another principal
File the following forms with the Law Society no later than seven days after commencing employment at the office of the new principal:
- Assignment of Articles Agreement;
- Declaration of Previous Principal;
- Articling Skills and Practice Checklist;
- Statements from you and your previous principal briefly setting out the reasons for the assignment;
- A final progress report from your previous principal.
If you fail to apply for an assignment of articles within the seven-day deadline, the period of time between the date you left the office of the previous principal and the date you filed the assignment of articles documents is not included in the calculation of your nine-month articling term, unless the Credentials Committee directs otherwise (Law Society Rule 2-67(2)). If you have missed the seven-day deadline, include a submission to the committee setting out reasons for the lateness of your application.