THE LAWYERS WEEKLY
September 30, 2011 | 21
Finding articling job
tough for new calls
A dearth of articling positions in
Ontario is forcing many law school
students to consider something
that would have seemed unfathomable just a few years ago—a future
career outside of Bay Street.
The still-recovering economy is
widely seen as the primary cause
because it has convinced many law
firms to reduce the number of
articling jobs they offer.
Compounding the problem on
the other side of the supply and
demand equation is a growing
number of third-year students
applying for those positions.
The opportunities for Canadian
law school graduates in other
countries, including the U.S. and
the U.K., aren’t as plentiful as they
used to be either.
“Now many of them are staying
in Canada and taking (articling)
spots that would otherwise be
available (to Canadian students),”
“It’s a problem that won’t be
easily solved. The fact that some
schools have increased their
enrolment as a way of addressing
funding cutbacks exacerbates the
situation. It’s a tightly con-
strained financial environment
for all of us.”
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