W(h)ither Articling ?

Given that it is Law Student Week at SLAW, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this post to the OBA’s recent recommendations to the LSUC Task Force on the future of articling.

Scrutiny of all professional entry-to-practice criteria by the Competition Bureau and Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner requires the legal profession, and all other self-regulating professions, to carefully analyze their criteria and eliminate any elements that do not play a legitimate role in protecting the public.

In response to this scrutiny Convocation approved the establishment of the Articling Task Force to address concerns about the articling program, relating in particular to the growing number of unplaced candidates.

The Task Force is examining the competency-related principles that articling is intended to address, its effectiveness in addressing those principles and will consider additional approaches to articling.

You can read about the Task Force here. It contains a link to a Consultation Report to the profession approved and disseminated by the LSUC in December 2011.

Last week the OBA submitted its position to the LSUC Taskforce on behalf of the 37 OBA sections in a paper entitled “The Future of Articling”.

I refer here only one point in the OBA’s paper. It raises the important question of whether further analysis is needed to determine if the problems identified in the Consultation Report are permanent or transient.

It is a very thorough and detailed piece of work and deserves a good read. It will be of particular interest to law students.

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