How to Apply: Articling 2023/2024

The articling student hiring process for 2023/2024 articling positions will commence with the opening of the viLawPortal on May 9, 2022. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Please submit your application through the online viLawPortal, which is accessible via our website. Once you are logged-in to the viLawPortal system, you can choose to apply to Bennett Jones' Calgary office. Please note, we will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. After reviewing all applications, we will further advise whether you have been selected for an interview.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Annaliisa Sando, Director of Student Recruitment and Programs (Alberta))
  • Résumé
  • Undergraduate transcript (photocopy of original transcript)
  • Law school transcript (photocopy of original transcript)
  • Reference letters (optional)

All recruitment activity and timing occurs in accordance with the Law Society of Alberta.

We will be conducting in-person interviews starting on Monday, June 6, 2022. The offer date has been set for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. MDT. If you require / prefer a virtual interview format, please make that request in your cover letter.

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.

Work Assignment/Rotation System

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, 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.

Mentoring System

Each articling student is assigned one principal (a partner) and one mentor (an associate) whose job 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 (e.g., 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.

Professional Development

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.

Feedback

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.

Social Events

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 an d practice group dinners, a family ski weekend in the Rocky Mountains and, of course, Stampede events.

Benefits

During articles:

  • we pay all course fees and salary during the licensing process; and
  • we offer a comprehensive benefits package including extended health care, vision, dental, employee assistance plan, short and long-term disability and a fitness subsidy.

Start Dates

Articling Program

Our 2023 / 2024 articling students will start during the summer of 2023.

Summer Program

Our summer program runs from early May to the end of August.

Submit Your Application

Summer 2023

Second Year Students

August [date TBD], 2022: Application period begins through viLaw Portal. Deadlines vary by school.
Sep-Oct 2022: Virtual on-campus interviews. Dates vary by school.
Oct. 3 onwards: Second interviews 
Oct 14, 2022 @ 2 p.m. MDT: Offers go out
May 2023: Summer Work Starts