How to Apply
The articling student hiring process for 2024/2025 articling positions will commence with the opening of the viLawPortal on May 15, 2023. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
We will be conducting in-person interviews during the Law Society of Alberta's designated recruitment period, which runs from Monday, June 5, 2023, to Tuesday, June 13, 2023. The offer date and time is Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at 8:00 a.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. After reviewing all applications, we will further advise whether you have been selected for an interview.
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
- Reference letters (optional)
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 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, 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 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 (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 (read our Bennett Jones Academy guide). 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.
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 2024/2025 articling students will start during the summer/fall of 2024.