FAQs on Articling

Do you hire summer students?
We are accepting applications for a First year summer student for 2020 – Please see Summer Students.
Do you hire students for your Calgary office?
Not at this time.
How many students do you hire?
We generally hire two students each year.
What benefits are included?

We provide:

  • Dental, extended medical, life insurance and maternity benefits
  • Two weeks’ paid vacation during student articles
  • Fees for Bar Admission courses, articling admission, Canadian Bar Association and local Bar Association memberships
What is your hire-back ratio?
We hire two students with the expectation that both students will remain with the firm as associates. Our retention rate for students is very high.
Does the firm give days off for CPLED?
Our policy is to allow our students to manage their own time for CPLED, and to give it as much time and attention as they need. In our view, having a set CPLED day can cause problems if the student is busy on that particular day. As such, we think that our students should manage their CPLED assignments as they would any other file, and take the time that they need to complete their assignments. The firm takes our student’s CPLED studies very seriously, and wants to give our students all of the support they need to complete their assignments.
Does your firm do second interviews as part of the interview process?
We will often invite strong candidates for at least a second meeting of some sort. This second meeting can take the form of a second informal interview with different members of our firm, a luncheon or dinner with a group of candidates or a reception at our offices. We strive to tailor our second interview process to suit the strong candidate’s availability. Generally, the second meeting is in a more relaxed, social atmosphere.
Do you have billable hour expectations for students?
While we expect our students to keep track of their time (as this is an important skill to be learned) we do not have billable hour expectations for our students.