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 like Chartered Accountants Firm, Lawyer Firm etc; 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".[1] 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.[2]

In India, the premier Accounting Body Institute of Chartered Accountants of India undergo an Articleship Programme for a period of 3/3.5 years as the case may be, CA Students after clearing CA-IPCC/Intermediate/Inter Group 1 or Both Group are required to registered himself with a partner of a CA Firm duly registered with the Institute. Those Students during the period of Articleship are also known as Articled Clerk.



  1. ^ Burrill 1859, p. 134.
  2. ^ "ADAMS, (Harry) Percy". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 


  • Burrill, Alexander Mansfield (1859), A Law Dictionary and Glossary, 1, J. S. Voorhis