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A court clerkship is when part of the articling term is served with a court or judge under section 38(2) of the Act.
When you choose this option, the term of your articles with the courts and firm must add to a minimum total of 11 months up to a maximum of 15 months. A minimum of three of these months must be spent articling with a principal who is an active member of the Law Society and otherwise qualifies under the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. A minimum of eight months must be completed with the court or judge (Rule 58).
To apply for a court clerkship, complete the online application process through the Lawyer Portal by submitting an Application for Admission as a Student-at-Law and an Articling Agreement Application.
After you have completed or are nearing the end of your clerkship and have obtained a new articling position with an active/practising member of the Law Society, submit a new Articling Agreement Application through the Lawyer Portal. The judge or justice that you completed your clerkship with must certify the clerkship by submitting a specialized Certificate of Principal (Form 2-12/2-13).
If a portion of the articles is a court clerkship, the total articling term must be 11 months minimum and these students can spend a minimum of eight months to a maximum of 10 months at the courts, and then complete a minimum of three months to a maximum of five months with an active member of the Law Society.
The student is responsible to pay the application and admission fees at the time of submitting their application.
The student is responsible to pay the CPLED admission fees at the time of enrolment.