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An articling secondment means moving from one firm or organization to another firm or organization for a temporary period of time. In a secondment, a student-at-law retains the same principal for the entire articling period. An example is an article with a large firm with a partner as principal where the student-at-law spends six weeks working in a corporate in-house setting as a secondment from the large firm. You must first receive permission from your principal and the Law Society before participating in a secondment that exceeds one week.
You must first receive permission from your principal to participate in a secondment and you must notify and be approved by the Law Society before participating in a secondment that exceeds one week.
During your secondment, you can continue to use the mailing address of your primary employer. It is your responsibility to maintain a current email address and phone number with the Law Society in case we need to contact you. You must also email our Membership Department with the name of your new supervisor and the duration of the secondment a minimum of 10 days prior to the proposed start date.
Please note your proposed secondment must be approved by the Law Society prior to commencement.
Students-at-law are not covered by the Alberta Lawyer’s Indemnity Association (ALIA), as students work under the supervision of their principal. If you are working in-house during your articles and you plan to be seconded to a private practice firm setting, please contact Membership Services at the Law Society for important information regarding this arrangement and how it impacts ALIA coverage.