Articling students must successfully complete the Manitoba CPLED Program and 52 weeks of full-time articles with an approved principal. Articling students must complete the two components within 2 years from the start of either the CPLED Program or articles, whichever is started earlier.
During articles, articling students work under the supervision of a lawyer who have been approved by the Law Society to act as a principal.
To be admitted as an articling student, an applicant must submit the following:
Articling Agreement signed by the applicant and a lawyer who has been approved as a principal. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the lawyer signing the Articles of Clerkship has been approved by the Law Society of Manitoba to act as a principal.
Original official transcripts submitted directly from all post-secondary institutions the applicant attended
Certified Criminal Records Check from the RCMP Canadian Criminal Records Information Service, or documentation showing that it has been requested.
The required fees
The Law Society will review all the submitted material and consider whether the applicant is eligible to enter articles.
The Law Society will consider requests for part-time or split articles on an individual basis.
To become a principal, a lawyer must submit an Application to Act as a Principal to the Law Society. The application will be assessed based on the lawyer's insurance, discipline and complaints history. Except in special cases, the lawyer must have practised law for at least three years. The Law Society will consider whether the lawyer can provide adequate training to an articling student.
Principals are obligated to provide guidance, by instruction and example, to articling students on the practice of law and the practical application of ethical standards and rules of professional conduct.