As a Canadian studying at an American law school, I envy my American classmates who can sit for the bar after graduation. Generally, future Canadian attorneys have to complete a 10 month articling position – similar to an apprenticeship. In the past, this 10 month apprenticeship helped graduates transition into the practice of law. Recently, the shortage of articling positions has begun to act as a barrier to the profession. The Toronto Star reported that the Law Society of Upper Canada has recognized this problem and is looking to develop an alternative to meeting this requirement. It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out.
Here is a link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1276838–law-society-of-upper-canada-weighs-new-path-to-the-bar