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The Law Society of Alberta admission program requires completion of a 12 month articling term. While many students-at-law are familiar with the traditional article, composite articles are also an alternative to complete this requirement.
Changing Firms or Principals During Your Articling Term
If you change firms and/or principals during your articling term, you must file an Assignment of Articles of Clerkship and a new Education Plan. Your Assignment of Articles must be approved by the Law Society prior to working with your new firm or principal.
Complete and submit the following to change firms or principals:
- Assignment of Articles of Clerkship (Form 2-10)
- Education Plan (Form 2-5/2-6)
- Certificate of Principal (Form 2-12/2-13) or Principal Certification through the Lawyer Portal (to be completed by the principal you are leaving)
- Evaluation Certificate (Form 2-7) (to be completed by each principal, usually halfway through your articling term)
An Evaluation Certificate must be submitted to the Law Society halfway through the term of your articles for each principal you’ve had. If you applied online on or after April 1, 2019, this is no longer a requirement.
Certificate of Principal or Principal Certification
A Certificate of Principal must be submitted by each principal you have articled with. If you applied online on or after April 1, 2019, this is not required however, your principal will need to certify your articles through the Lawyer Portal.
Termination of Articles
A request to terminate articles must be made in writing to the Law Society of Alberta and should include an effective date of termination. There is no formal application form.
If the principal and student-at-law jointly apply for termination, the Executive Director/Delegate of the Law Society may grant an application. To apply for a joint termination of articles, please submit a letter of termination signed by both the principal and student-at-law. If the principal and student-at-law are unable to jointly apply, the application will still be considered by the Executive Director/Delegate (Rule 57.3).
Advice During Articles
The Practice Advisors are available to all students-at-law for confidential professional advice regarding legal, ethical and practice concerns.