Articled clerk

An articled clerk is someone who is studying to either be an accountant or a lawyer. In doing so they are put under the supervision of someone already in the profession, usually for two years. This can be compared as being an intern for a company; the only difference is once the two years is over the trainee becomes the trainer. Trainees are obligated to sign a contract agreeing to the terms of being an articled clerk. 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]

Articling students in Ottawa Canada
A group of articling students in 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


In India, the 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.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, student members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka are required to serve as a clerk serving under articles with a member of the Institute in practice or with a member of the Institute who is a salaried employee in the service of a firm of accountants for a minimum three-year practical training period. They are known as Articled clerks during this period.[3]



  1. ^ Burrill 1859, p. 134.
  2. ^ "ADAMS, (Harry) Percy". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Act of Incorporation And Regulations Of The Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Sri Lanka


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

Further reading

  • Lorig, Arthur N. "Training Accountants in Great Britain." The Accounting Review 35, no. 3 (1960): 455-63.
  • Schindler, James S. "A Comparative Study of Certain Accounting Institutions and Practice in England and the United States." Accounting Review 34, no. 4 (October 1959): 634.

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