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The Law Society of Alberta (Law Society), in conjunction with the law societies of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, conducted two surveys in May through June 2019 to better understand the current state of the articling system across the three provinces.
One survey asked articling students and new lawyers (articled in the last five years) about the types of training and mentoring students are receiving, issues related to discrimination or harassment and how prepared students feel to practise as 21st century lawyers. The second survey asked similar questions of recruiters, principals and mentors.
The Law Society heard from 549 student and new lawyer respondents in Alberta (a 23 per cent response rate) and engaged a third-party research group to analyze the information collected.
To learn more about the survey findings, view the following materials:
- Articling Program Assessment Research Report
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Articling Report
- Media Statement: Law Society of Alberta Responds to Issues in the Articling System
Practice Foundations Advisory Committee
The Practice Foundations Task Force has put forward immediate steps for the Law Society to take to address the issues of discrimination and harassment, as well as competency and readiness to practice, within the articling system in Alberta. One of those steps is establishing a Practice Foundations Advisory Committee. Read more here.