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Articling during COVID-19

How a pandemic has made the precarity of Ontario’s lawyer-licensing candidates hyper-visible

Yadesha Satheaswaran

For weeks, Ontario’s legal landscape has been shifting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous law firms, including my own, adopted protocols early on to ensure the physical, mental, and financial well-being of all their employees. Others, however, did not heed the advice of public health authorities and continue to invoke COVID-19 as an excuse to take advantage of their articling students.

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