Articling Registry launched
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 Law Society, together with the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association, has launched an online Articling Registry for BC lawyers and Canadian law students.
The Registry enables lawyers and students to register and search for articling positions by location, timeframe, and area of practice. Firms and students can sign on and post available positions, positions sought and resumes. Postings remain current for 45 days and can be changed and modified as desired.
The Law Society's Small Firm Task Force Report, approved by the Benchers on January 26, 2007, included recommendations pertaining to articling, including the Articling Registry initiative. The Registry is designed to promote articling, including shared articles, throughout BC, with a particular focus on sole and small firm practices.
Matching sole and small firms with students should lead to an increase in the number of articling students in those firms, particularly outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria regions.
The Small Firm Task Force considered it to be likely that students who choose to article in smaller communities would, if given the opportunity, stay in those communities after being called to the bar. An increase of articling students in sole and small firms would support and strengthen the viability of law practices and the provision of legal services in both the short and long term.
Some sole and small firm practitioners have reported that while they may not have enough legal work to justify hiring an articling student on a full-time basis, they would be in a position to share a student with another firm. The Task Force received strong encouragement from sole and small firm practitioners to support and promote an expanded shared articling program. The Registry should support that objective.
Over the coming months, the Law Society and CBABC will be working to populate the Registry with both lawyers and law students.