Our Edmonton office is pleased to offer positions to both summer and articled students. We seek to hire summer students who will return to the firm to article, and we seek to hire articled students who will continue with the firm as associates and ultimately become partners.
With those goals in mind, we strive to provide to our students the best possible training and professional development programs. We want our summer students to develop a fundamental understanding of the practice of law before returning to law school, and we want our articled students to develop the skills to enable them, at the completion of their articles, to commence practice as highly capable professionals providing the high level of service our clients deserve and expect.
Summer Program | Articling Program | Current Students
Each year, we typically hire one outstanding law student to experience a summer with our Edmonton office. We consider all applications that we receive.
Our summer program is intended to serve as an introduction to the practice of law. Most of our summer students have little, if any, previous experience in a law firm, and our summer program is designed as the first step in the transition from the academic study of law to the practice of law.
Our summer students are treated as articled students in virtually all respects. Summer students receive the same range of work as our articled students, but do not participate in a formal rotation; we encourage our summer students to use the flexibility of the program to explore specific areas of interest – to see whether a particular type of law is as interesting in practice as in the classroom. Summer students are, of course, encouraged to participate in the various social activities offered by the firm.
Each summer student has the benefit of a supervising lawyer who provides guidance and feedback to the student over the course of the summer.
During the summer, we present a series of weekly seminars, coordinated by our national Director of Student Programs and tailored specifically for our summer students, to discuss practice-related topics such as conflicts of interest, the business of law, professional civility and courtesy, risk management, and effective client communication. Our students are also encouraged to attend other in-house professional development seminars offered firm-wide.
We hope that when they return to law school, our summer students take with them a fundamental understanding of the practice of law that will serve as a solid foundation for their articling experience.
Compensation and Benefits
Summer students' salaries and benefits are competitive with those of other major Edmonton firms and are reviewed on an annual basis.
Offices and Administrative Support
Our summer students are provided with their own offices. All of the firm's administrative resources are available to our summer students as required.
In recent years, virtually all of our summer students have returned to article with the firm.
We have hired our summer student for 2017, and we are not seeking to hire additional summer students at this time.
We will consider applications for 2018 summer students in the fall of 2017.
In our Edmonton office, we typically hire at least two and, in most cases, three articled students each year.
Students spend half of their articling year on the solicitors’ side of our practice, and the other half with our litigators. We introduce our articled students to as many practice areas as possible. In each area, senior practitioners offer guidance, advice and direction.
While with our solicitors, our articled students gain experience in a wide range of commercial transactions and corporate matters and have the opportunity to develop their drafting skills by documenting various transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses and of residential and commercial real estate.
While with our litigators, our articled students learn the art of oral and written advocacy and are introduced to strategic considerations relating to the litigation process. Students become involved in the gamut of the litigation process, from briefing the law, to drafting pleadings, to assisting in the conduct of examinations for discovery and trial. Our students also gain valuable experience by appearing in court on contested and non-contested motions, and conducting trials in provincial court.
All of our firm’s administrative resources are available to our articled students as necessary.
Our firm law library is administered by a professional law librarian and experienced library assistants, who provide reference assistance to our students and lawyers across Canada. Online research is, of course, available and all of our students are trained in using and searching computer databases. All students and lawyers have access to Quicklaw and Westlaw.
The professional development of our students is a priority. Our national Director of Student Programs coordinates a series of weekly seminars for our articled students designed to reinforce the training provided in our summer student seminars, and to provide instruction and guidance on other practice-related topics. We drill down on topics previously covered in our summer student seminars, such as conflicts of interest, the business of law, professional civility and courtesy, risk management, and effective client communication, and discuss additional topics such as advocacy, solicitors’ opinions, trial preparation, commercial closings and drafting pleadings. Our students are also encouraged to attend other firmwide professional development seminars and presentations.
Evaluation and Feedback
We feel that providing effective, constructive feedback to our articled students is essential. We obtain formal evaluation feedback from the lawyers for whom our students have worked, and we share the relevant feedback with each student. We also encourage our lawyers to provide informal feedback to our students about their work product and performance.
Compensation and Benefits
Our articled students’ salaries and benefits are competitive with those of other major Edmonton firms, and are reviewed on an annual basis. Each student’s salary is paid while attending the CPLED Course, and we also pay the course fee.
The hireback ratio in our Edmonton office has been strong. All four of our most recent articled students were offered, and accepted, positions as associates with the firm.
We have hired all of our articled students for 2017-2018, but we are accepting articling applications for 2018-2019.
The Student Recruitment and Development Committee is responsible for hiring articled students. The hiring criteria used by the Committee are varied and flexible. While strong academic achievement is obviously important, our primary emphasis is on hiring candidates who are personable and who demonstrate, through their résumés and interviews, initiative, effective communication skills, leadership, involvement in law-related and community activities, and team spirit.
Candidates wishing to apply for an articled student position should forward a cover letter and résumé, with copies of transcripts from post-secondary institutions, to:
Alexandra Bochinski, Student Recruitment and Development Committee
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Suite 1201, Scotia Tower 2
10060 Jasper Ave
By email: [email protected]
Please note that the deadline for applications for 2018-2019 articling positions is Friday, May 26, 2017.
Articled Students 2016-2017
Summer Student 2017
University of Alberta