Your Future in Law

Why Bennett Jones

  • We are an internationally recognized full-service Canadian law firm focused on principles of professional excellence, integrity, respect and independent thought.
  • We are leaders in the fields of energy, corporate and commercial, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, technology, banking and finance, tax, international trade and competition law.
  • Our mandate is to be the law firm of choice for clients and for the professionals and employees that work here.
  • We provide our lawyers with the opportunity to do top-notch legal work in a team environment and promote a culture of sustained excellence through strong personal commitment and ongoing professional development.
  • We are proud that Bennett Jones was ranked for the 14th consecutive year as one of the best places to work in Canada in the 2016 “Best Employers in Canada” survey conducted by AON Hewitt. The firm received a platinum level ranking and has been on the list for 11 consecutive years. We are recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Top Employer for Young People for 2016. The firm is also recognized as one of the Best Employers in Alberta and one of the Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area.

 

  • We take student recruitment very seriously. When we recruit, we are hiring our future partners and leaders.
  • We design our student programs to provide the best legal training and hands-on experience in all of our practice areas.
  • Our students are mentored, supported and coached throughout their development.
  • Bennett Jones Academy provides our students and lawyers with extensive, ongoing, continuing legal education.

AON Best Employer Platinum Canada
Canada's Top Employers for Young People
Alberta Top Employers 2017

Our Programs

Calgary

Our Calgary office was founded in 1922. Initially, our reputation in Alberta was built upon our work in the oil industry. While this work is still prominent in our Calgary office, students can also expect to work in bankruptcy, competition, securities, M&A, commodity tax, customs/trade, corporate tax, public infrastructure projects, energy, financial services, IT, IP, litigation, environmental, fraud and commercial real estate. Calgary remains our largest office with over 190 lawyers and business advisors.

 
 

My Future in Law

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Bennett Jones apart?
  • Students assume a great deal of responsibility on files and can expect to interact directly with lawyers, clients, draft documents, attend court and generally be an active and productive member of the team from day one.
  • We have a robust continuing legal education program through Bennett Jones Academy.
  • We are a great place to work. We have consistently been ranked as one of the best places to work in Canada by AON Hewitt and in 2016 received the highest ranking of Platinum Employer. We were also recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Top Employer for Young People for 2016.
What do you look for in a candidate?

We aim to recruit our future partners and look for individuals who possess the following attributes:

  • strong analytical skills
  • good judgment
  • excellent oral and written communication skills (including attention to detail)
  • a strong academic record and motivation to learn
  • a genuine interest in business and a passion for the law
  • varied outside interests and life experiences
What is the best way to apply to the firm?

We encourage you to apply through the viRecruit Portal.

Do you recruit first year summer students?

We hire first and second year law students in our Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto offices. We hire only second year law students in our Vancouver office. Presently we do not have a student program in our Ottawa office.

Will I have a life outside the office?

Yes. We strongly believe that a good lawyer leads a balanced life. Family, personal commitments and recreation are important. However, law is not a "9 to 5" job and there are times where the team is required to work late hours to meet a deadline.

What will my target hours be?

We do not have targeted billable hours for students. While you can expect to work hard, our focus is on the quality of your efforts and ensuring that you are receiving the best educational experience possible, not the number of assignments nor the length of time you take to complete them.

Do you have a rotation system?

All of our offices offer a rotation system during articles. For summer students, our program is less structured and you can expect to work on assignments from different departments.

Do students receive secretarial support?

Yes, students have dedicated secretarial support during the summer and during articling. In addition, the other resources of the firm such as document processing, document production and librarian and research support are also available to students.

How is work allocated?

Summer and articling students receive work directly from lawyers in their assigned practice groups. To make the most of the summer and articling experience, we also encourage students to seek out work in the practice areas in which they have a particular experience. We do not utilize a 'gate keeper' system in which the Director distributes work to students. We think that students benefit from interacting directly with lawyers and develop essential practice management skills by having to manage their own workload. That being said, the respective Student Director and Student Coordinators in each office do monitor each student's workload to ensure equal distribution of work and variety of experience.

 

Key Contacts

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Darcy N. Legros
National Director, Professional Development Toronto | 416.777.6258
Christopher McKenna
Christopher S. McKenna
Manager, Student Recruitment and Programs (Ontario) Toronto | 416.777.5394
Lorri Chu
Lorri Chu
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Programs Toronto | 416.777.4637
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Craig M. Kinsman
Director, Professional Development and Student Programs (Alberta) Calgary | 403.298.3211
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Annette McIntosh
Coordinator, Articling Students and Professional Development Calgary | 403.298.3484
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Simon Foxcroft
Partner Edmonton | 780.945.4756
 

Meet Our Students