How to Apply
We are hiring 2nd year Law Students for the summer of 2022. The 2nd year student hiring process will commence with the opening of the viLawPortal on Monday, August 9, 2021. The application vary depending upon which law school you attend. We will be conducting virtual "On-Campus Interviews" (OCIs) in September & October 2021. Please consult with your career development office for application deadline and OCI dates. The offer date for 2nd year positions has been set for October 15, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. MDT.
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 (addressed to Annaliisa Sando, Director of Student Recruitment and Programs (Alberta))
- 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 Rules of the Law Society of Alberta.
For the summer of 2021, we hired 19 summer students, comprised of both 1st and 2nd year students.
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.
Recruitment for 1st year Summer Student positions will occur in February 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 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 Director 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. 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, Calgary Stampede events.
Our summer program typically runs from early May to the end of August. Our 2022 summer students will join us in early May 2022.