How to Apply
Please submit your application online through the viLawPortal when applications open.
All recruitment activity and timing occurs in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta.
Our students have prepared My Future in Law: Student Recruitment Guide, a guide to the application and interview process. We invite you to review the guide as it may answer many of your questions.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter
- Undergraduate transcript (photocopy of original transcript)
- Law school transcript (photocopy of original transcript).
- For the Fall 2020 term, please include: (1) any mid-term grades (formal or informal); and (2) any final grades
- Reference letters (optional)
We kindly request that applicants submit all application materials online. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.
Work Assignment/Rotation System
We believe that the summer is a time for you to experience as much, or as little, of a practice area as you desire. As a summer student, you are free to work deeply in an area of your choosing or accept work from multiple areas.
During articles, we employ a rotation system. In our Calgary office, you will spend four months in our advocacy departments (focusing on general litigation matters, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, administrative/tribunal work, bankruptcy and insolvency, and labour and employment), four months in our business and tax departments (focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities, banking, structured finance, commercial real estate, tax law, environmental law, emissions trading, competition law, technology and IP), and the final four months in the rotation of your choosing (students generally select the practice area they wish to return to as an associate).
Each summer student is assigned a mentor who is an associate. The role of the mentor is to act as your host and introduce you to the firm and to assist with your workflow and work assignments.
Each articling student is assigned one principal (a partner) and one mentor (an associate) whose job it is to help you integrate into the firm and assist with your workflow and file management. In order to provide you with as much insight into the firm as possible, your principal and mentor will practice in different areas (one in business law and one in advocacy). Our Student Coordinator and Manager of Student Programs also work closely with you to ensure that you receive individualized attention and career planning assistance/guidance.
Through our own Bennett Jones Academy, we offer a series of in-house seminars and programs to supplement your articles and your summer experience (read our Bennett Jones Academy 2020 Alberta Student Seminar Program). Your ongoing professional development is a priority. This begins with an in-depth orientation and continues with regular programs designed to build your practice management skills and provide you with introductions to specific practice areas. We also encourage our students to attend BJA sessions designed for associates.
We recognize that feedback is essential to your development. Our articling/summer students receive regular informal feedback from assigning lawyers, principals and mentors and also receive formal reviews during the summer and during each articling rotation.
Our students are encouraged to take part in social events at the firm. Our events focus on our commitment to the community and building lasting relationships amongst the students. Past events have included BBQs, associate and practice group dinners, a family ski weekend in the Rocky Mountains and, of course, Stampede events.
As is the case across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the type of socializing we have been able to plan over the past several months. Despite these challenges, we came up with creative and engaging ways to interact with our students this past summer, including planning socially-distanced small group gatherings, and virtual activities. While we look forward to getting back to in-person gatherings in the near future, we are committed to organizing a summer program that allows for plenty of opportunities for fun and socializing.
- During articles, we pay all course fees and salary during the licensing process.
- During articles, we offer a comprehensive benefits package including: extended health care; vision; dental; an employee assistance plan; short and long-term disability; and a health / personal spending account.
Our summer program usually runs from early May to the end of August.
Our articling students start in the summer months.