Articling Registry attracts national attention

 

Editor's update, January 2016:

The Articling Registry has now been integrated into the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch's job board. Although the job board is a CBA member benefit, the articling positions are also viewable by non-CBA members and potential students, and no fee is charged for posting articling positions. Visit the CBA job board.


The new Articling Registry — launched this summer as a joint project of the Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch — is easy to use and is already attracting attention from law firms in BC and students across the country, according to Joanne Silver, Director of Stakeholder Relations of the CBABC.

Joanne Silver, Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, at the October Benchers' Meeting.
Joanne Silver, Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, at the October Benchers' Meeting. Photo by Lee Halliday Photography.

Silver gave a presentation to the Benchers at their October meeting explaining how the Registry works and the program's advantages. "The Articling Registry responds directly to the needs of law firms and students across the province," said Silver.

The innovative Registry is the first of its kind to enable lawyers to advertise and students to look for BC articling positions by location, preferred start and end date, and area of practice. Firms and students can post positions sought, resumes and available articles.

Silver emphasized how the Registry can help law students from across Canada connect with BC firms, regardless of their location. "We have included virtually every area in the province," said Silver, "from major centres like Vancouver and Victoria to smaller places such as Alert Bay and Comox."

The goal is that students who post their information on the Registry will increase their ability to obtain an articling position. In turn, all BC lawyers, regardless of location and size of firm, will be able to use it to connect with prospective articling students whose goals match up with those of the law firms. In addition, firms in smaller locations that may not have the capacity for a full-time articling position can post their interest in sharing a student.

The Law Society encourages lawyers and law firms to access and use the Registry. It is free and CBA membership is not required to access it. You can log onto it from the home page of the Law Society's website or from the CBABC website.