::Articled clerk


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A group of articling students in 1891 in Ottawa, Canada

An articled clerk, also known as an articling student, is an apprentice in a professional firm in Commonwealth countries; generally the term arises in the accountancy and legal professions. The articled clerk signs a contract, known as "articles of clerkship", committing to a fixed period of employment. Wharton's Law Lexicon defines an articled clerk as "a pupil of a solicitor, who undertakes, by articles of clerkship, continuing covenants, mutually binding, to instruct him in the principles and practice of the profession".{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The contract is with a specific partner in the firm and not with the firm as a whole.

Apprentice architects can also be articled. Henry Percy Adams articled to Britwen Binyon (1846-1909) architect.<ref name=adamspainter>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Nowadays some professions in some countries prefer to call their apprentices "students" or "trainees" (e.g. a trainee solicitor) and the articles of clerkship "training contracts".

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