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 Any tips for international trained lawyers who have completed NCA and actively searching for Articling in Ontario. 

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I saw these two posts on LinkedIn from two internationally trained lawyers who have successfully secured positions offering to help other ITL trained lawyers. They may be helpful to you:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aliciagalewindsor_update-its-happening-will-release-details-activity-6793566258521534464-dNsf

 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ishita-kashyap-78887738_nca-itls-india-activity-6793976549851840512-Bynr

 

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On 5/1/2021 at 5:00 PM, Juliebabs said:

 Any tips for international trained lawyers who have completed NCA and actively searching for Articling in Ontario. 

  1. Make sure you network with other people. It's difficult starting out as someone without much support. The articling search is made worse by the current situation with the pandemic. You need to reach out to others and maintain a proactive attitude to move forward. It's not easy in the beginning, but you will get better with practice.
     
  2. Find someone who is willing to be your mentor. A lot of people in the legal community are willing to give back. They have been in your shoes before and would like to lend a helping hand. Someone has mentioned two people whom you can contact on LinkedIn. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most are friendly enough to approach. Even if they can't help you directly, they may be able to help you out by asking their own network of connections. 
     
  3. Join organizations and make sure of their resources. There are so many catering to NCA students and internationally trained lawyers. Some of them include NCA Network, ITLNCA NetworkS, Global Lawyers of Canada, and other similar associations. 
     
  4. Sign up for the LSO Articling Registry. There are firms that are still looking for articling students and may use this to create job postings for an articling placement.
     
  5. Even if you can't find articling, there's always the option of joining the Law Practice Program at Ryerson. 

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