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' Edmonton 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 Mathieu LaFleche)
- 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 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 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.
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, office retreats, and a family ski weekend in the Rocky Mountains.
- 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.
Our 2023 / 2024 articling students will start during the summer of 2023.
Our summer program runs from early May to the end of August.