ALBERTA: Articling & Summer

The main coordinated recruitment in Alberta occurs in September of second year for second year summer positions.  Students apply in September of second year for jobs which will commence the following spring/summer.  It is important that students do their research, outreach and networking in first year and before applications are due in August/September.  Interviews typically occur in September of second year and offers for second year summer jobs are typically in October of second year.  The firms that participate in recruitment are typically larger firms in larger centres. 

Employers will often accept applications in a variety of formats i.e. email or Online Applications - for Online applicaitons see VI Desktop online portal also see the College of Law job postings and NALP Canadian Directory of Legal Employers.

Recruitment for positions in Calgary and Edmonton is governed by the Law Society of Alberta

Students should be aware of both: the recruitment rules Rule 49.1 49.2 and 49.3; and the Code of Professional Conduct

There are many other opportunities with employers who do not recruit or put up job postings. If you are interested in other opportunities (i.e. small firms) please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Articling in Alberta:

It is important to note that most employers will fill articling positions with summer students and therefore there may not be many articling postings. If this is a market that interests a students they should consider applying for summer positions in first and second year.

Application Deadlines: Vary. Set by each firm. Usually in May. For firms with postings on ViDesktop portal, students may begin submitting applications in April and the portal closes in May.  It is suggested you sumbit your application well before the deadline date.

Interviews: The recruitment period usually occurs in early June at the end of second year. This is the time when interviews, receptions, and dinners will occur. Most activity will be the first 2-3 days. 

Offers of employment: Usually mid June after second year.

Articles in 2018 2019:

  • Interviews Commence June 5, 2017
  • Offers June 13 2017

Summering in Alberta:

Calgary/Edmonton:

The process is governed by the recruitment Rules of the Law Society of Alberta (Rule 49.1 - 49.3) as well as a Protocol and Advisory.

2L Second Year Summer

The coordinated recruitment for summer 2017 occured in the fall of 2016. Information for summer 2018 will be provided when available.

1L First Year Summer

The Law Society of Alberta sets the recruitment period for first year Calgary and Edmonton. 

Applicaitons deadlines are usually in January.  However you should apply well before the deadline.  Interviews are in Calgary or Edmonton in February and are usually during readying week.  The portal will be open at the end of December.  It is common for students to have attended firm visits and events to the firms before the application deadline and be ready to submit applicaitons in the beginning of January. 

Important Dates Coordianted Recruitment 1L summer 2017:

  • Portal Opens January 3, 2017 (it is recommended that you submit your applications well before the deadline provided by the employer)
  • Interviews Commence Feb 21, 2017 in firm in Calgary
  • Offers Feb 24, 2017

Other Articling and Summering Opportunities:

There are many opportunities with legal employers who do not actively recruit law students and opportunities may arise at any time. The size or geographical location of the firm, the perception of the firm that interested students will contact them directly, the type of practice, or funding structure, may all be factors in a firm's decision not to actively recruit. In the event you are interested in this type of employer, it will be necessary to do research and actively pursue articles by contacting these employers directly.  While most of these employers will tend to hire after the recruitment phase noted above, it is important to contact these firms early in your law school career to learn about the market, make connections and create opportunity.