A full discussion of articled students is outside the scope of this module. However, if you decide to take on an articled student, you must familiarize yourself with the rules regarding your obligations, the student's obligations, and the procedures that must be followed in the student-principal relationship.
You have an obligation to ensure your articled student receives proper training and does not engage in prohibited activities. If the scope of your practice does not provide a sufficient articling experience, you will have to arrange a secondment to ensure your student receives proper articles. Note that there are limits to secondments (Rule 2-66).
The Law Society's website provides Articling Guidelines, as well as frequently asked questions regarding articles. There are also numerous Benchers' Bulletins addressing issues relating to articled students. Both the Legal Profession Act and the Law Society Rules (Rules 2-59 to 2-75) set out the parameters for the relationship. New Rule 2-60 permits an articled student to provide all legal services a lawyer can offer, with some exceptions. If you decide to take on an articling student, review the resources on the Law Society's website and contact Law Society Member Services for any additional information you require.