How to Apply: Summer 2023
We are hiring 1st year Law Students for the summer of 2023. The 1st year student hiring process will commence with the opening of the viLawPortal on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MST on January 26, 2023. We will be conducting in-person interviews during the Law Society of Alberta's designated recruitment period, which runs from Tuesday, February 21, 2023 to Friday, February 24, 2023. We will be inviting candidates to social events during this period as well. Offer date and time is February 24 at 5:00 p.m. MST.
All recruitment activity and timing occurs in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta.
Our students have prepared a guide to the application and interview process. We invite you to review the guide prior to applying as it may answer many of your questions.
Please submit your application through the online viLawPortal, which is accessible via our website. When applying through viLawPortal, once logged into the system, you can choose to apply to Bennett Jones' Calgary office. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter (please address your cover letter to Annaliisa Sando, Director of Student Recruitment and Programs (Alberta))
- Undergraduate transcript(s) (a photocopy of an original transcript is acceptable)
- Graduate transcript(s), as applicable (a photocopy of an original transcript is acceptable)
- Law school transcript (a photocopy of an original transcript is acceptable)
- For the Fall 2022 term, please include: (1) any mid-term grades (formal or informal); and (2) any final grades
- Reference letters (optional)
Per the Calgary Firm Protocol, firms can begin inviting students for interviews and to social events during the recruitment period starting at 9:00 a.m. MST on February 1, 2023.
For the summer of 2022, we hired 18 summer students, comprised of both 1st and 2nd year students.
The 2nd year summer recruitment process was completed in October of 2022.
Hiring for the 2024/2025 articling term will occur in June of 2023 in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. Hiring for the 2023/2024 articling class took place in June, 2022.
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 time in: (1) our advocacy departments focusing on general litigation matters, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, regulatory matters, administrative/tribunal work, bankruptcy and insolvency, and labour and employment; (2) 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 (3) a final rotation of your choosing that will last several months. 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). Both the Director and Coordinator of Student Programs 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. 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 barbeques, associate and practice group dinners, a family ski weekend in the Rocky Mountains and, of course, Stampede events.
During articles, we pay all course fees and salary during the licensing process. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including:
- extended health care;
- 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. We anticipate that our 2023 summer students will join us on or about May 1, 2023.
Our 2023/2024 articling students will start at the firm in summer 2023.