To give you an idea of your situation if you're planning on continuing to look for work in NS, based on this year's postings (September - now) for artilcing jobs:
- one regional firm routinely recruits 1-2 3Ls. These positions are pretty competitive however.
- using this year as an estimate, about 2-3 in-house positions may come up (think insurance companies and large Atlantic corporations).
- from what ive heard and seen, about 4-5 postings for articling positions with smaller firms came up (think 1 - 8 lawyer firms). These jobs were scattered throughout the province however.
Adding that up, you can likely expect at least 8 postings for NS articling positions to come up during your 3L year. I think your main issue is that a fair amount of these positions will be posted and filled during the September term (while you're away). You can always be proactive though and keep up with the job postings while you're away.
Also, these are just the actual postings. There's likely a fair bit more of available jobs that can only be found by networking throughout the province.
Anyway, those are just the numbers (albeit based on anecdotal experience), if you're planning on continuing to look in NS. Given the current economic climate in our humble province, the potential job numbers likely improve the more you move west.