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Students & Articling

Students-at-Law experience a unique advantage in the North, often finding themselves co-piloting court cases or important files with their mentors.  This unique learning environment also fosters other differences, some of which are noted below:

  • Students are currently required to complete a bar admissions course in a neighboring jurisdiction.  The Law Society recommends the CPLED program delivered by the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA)*. 
  • Following the successful completion of a CPLED / bar admissions course and articles, students may then be called to the NWT Bar by one of two ways:
    1. pass a bar admission examination provided by the Law Society of the NWT, or
    2. become a member of a neighboring jurisdiction and utilize the "Permanent Mobility" clause under the Territorial Mobility Agreement.
  • During their articles, students are automatically appointed to the Law Society's Social Committee.  This is an opportunity to become involved in the legal community, and network with all ranks of the Bench & Bar.
  • Students are eligible for a free Canadian Bar Association membership, sponsored by the NWT Branch of the CBA.

For more information about articling in the Northwest Territories, contact the Law Society.

(*NOTE: The CPLED program does not entitle students to a joint call in Alberta unless they are registered as a Student-at-Law in that jurisdiction.)


Download the Student-at-Law application package

The following memorandum explains what is required to complete and submit an application as a Student-at-Law:
Memo: Application for Admission as a Student-at-Law

The following forms are required as part of the Student-at-Law application:


Law students enrolled in a qualifying law school may be eligible for Temporary Articles as part of their work placement or summer employment.  Temporary Articles grants students many of the same privileges a full articling student receives, including court actions and the practice of law under supervision.  However, Temporary Articles are not cumulative and may not be contributed to the requirements of a Student-at-Law.

For more information about Temporary Articles, please contact the Law Society.

The following forms are required as part of the Student-at-Law application:



please refer to the appropriate section on the full membership page.