How to Apply
The first year student hiring process will commence with the opening of the viLawPortal on January 18, 2022. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (MST) on January 27, 2022. We will be conducting interviews during the Law Society of Alberta's designated recruitment period, which runs from Tuesday, February 22, 2022 to Friday, February 25, 2022. Offer date and time is February 25 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 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.
Please submit your application online through the viLawPortal and be sure to select the Edmonton office. You may access the portal via our website.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter (please address your cover letter to Mathieu Lafleche)
- Undergraduate transcript(s) (photocopy of original transcript)
- Graduate transcript(s), as applicable (photocopy of original transcript)
- Law school transcript (photocopy of original transcript)
- For the Fall 2021 term, please include: (1) any mid-term grades (formal or informal); and (2) any final grades
- Reference letters (optional)
We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. After reviewing all applications, we will advise students whether they have been selected for an interview.
For the summer of 2021, we had 3 summer students.
The second year summer recruitment process was completed in October of 2021.
Hiring for the 2023/2024 articling term will occur in June of 2022 in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta.
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 Edmonton office, you will spend six months in our advocacy department (focusing on general litigation matters, commercial litigation, construction litigation, medical malpractice, occupational health and safety laws, administrative/tribunal work, bankruptcy and insolvency and labour and employment), and six months in our business department (focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities, banking, structured finance, real estate, construction law, energy law, transportation law, technology and IP).
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).
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 2022 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, office retreats and family ski weekend in the Rocky Mountains.
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. Despite these challenges, we continue to come up with creative and engaging ways to interact with our students, including planning socially-distanced small group gatherings and virtual activities. We look forward to (hopefully!) planning larger in-person gatherings in the near future, and we remain 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. We anticipate that our 2022 summer students will join us on or about May 2, 2022.
Our 2022/2023 articling students will start the summer of 2022.