On-campus interviews take place in the Fall for second year positions the following summer. Some law schools will coordinate the collection and submission of resumes on behalf of their students, and others require students to apply directly to the law firms. Students interested in applying for a summer student position in our Calgary office should check with their Career Development Office before applying to ensure they are following the school's process.
A number of law schools participate in the on-campus interview (OCI) process for second year summer student positions. We participate in OCI's at the following schools:
University of Victoria
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Alberta
University of Saskatchewan
University of Manitoba
Ontario Law Schools & McGill University (see below)
The OCI process for the Ontario Law Schools and McGill University is held in Toronto and hosted by one of the participating law schools. For University of Calgary students, we hold interviews at our Calgary office.
The OCI interview, though professional, is an informal meeting intended to allow us to learn more about you and vice versa. We are interested in who you are and where your passions lie. Your academic background, work experience, and extracurricular activities and interests will all inform this, so the information you provide on paper will set the stage for a great conversation. The interview is also an opportunity for you to learn more about who we are and what we do, so we invite you to ask any questions you have.
During the second year recruitment process that takes place in the Fall, students who continue in the process following OCIs will have additional opportunities to meet with our recruitment team.
In both the first year and articling student recruitment processes, governed by the Law Society of Alberta Rules, formal interviews take place in our office.
If you find yourself in Calgary for any of the recruitment processes, these tips might help you get the most out of the experience:
- If you are visiting a number of places, scope out the locations ahead of time and plan your route. Knowing exactly where you're going and how to get there will minimize your stress.
- Make sure your shoes are business-like and comfortable.
- Dress in appropriate business attire and glance in a mirror before each interview to make sure everything is in place.
- Ensure cell phones/blackberries are turned off during all interviews and/or dinners or lunches with firms.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early so that you have time to compose yourself before the interview.
- Take notes after each interview so that later you can distinguish one firm from another.