Three principles underscore us as a practice: Quality, Unity and Integrity. Those same principles inform our articling student program. We are committed to ensuring that your student experience is a success in every way. In addition to the support and mentoring you receive from your principal, all of our lawyers are entrusted with the responsibility to facilitate your growth and development as a young lawyer. It is a responsibility we take very seriously, as the success of our organization depends on it.
With an emphasis on lawyer training and continuing professional development, we offer an in-depth orientation to the practice and its operations, as well as weekly Insider Training seminars for ongoing substantive training. The seminars run throughout the year and range from sessions conducted by our lawyers or speakers, to informal discussions amongst students, to half or full-day workshops. As an articling student, you also have the opportunity to attend external seminars sponsored by the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and other professional organizations.
In our Calgary office, articling students are encouraged to focus on a specific practice area. Not only does this provide the opportunity to become a well-integrated member of the team and to develop greater expertise in a specific field, it allows students exposure to more substantive work and to see files through to completion.
Each year we have between 9 and 12 students in Calgary, most of whom have come through our summer student program. When we hire students outside of that program, we do so in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. Articling students are interviewed at the conclusion of their second year of law school during a pre-determined two-week period in June. Once hired, articling students typically begin their articles during the summer following graduation from law school, or after completion of their court clerkship.
The articling program in Alberta consists of twelve months of articles, which includes participation in the CPLED program (www.lawsociety.ab.ca/lawyers-and-students/services-for-students/cpled/). As part of the CPLED bar admission course, we have introduced an at-home weekly study day to enable our students to balance their study requirements and work assignments.
Within your assigned practice area, you will perform a variety of tasks, assisting lawyers with due diligence on transactions, reviewing and drafting agreements, and researching and writing memos on various areas of law. We believe in giving you practical responsibilities to enhance your professional expertise through hands-on experience. We are also dedicated to providing ongoing meaningful feedback, both formally through regularly-scheduled performance evaluations, and informally through real-time feedback on your assignments. Our aim is to provide you with all the tools necessary for becoming engaged in, and masterful at, the work you do.