Public service experience

Each year, we recruit students to complete our exceptional 12-month articling program. We may also recruit one court student to complete their article with us.

This unique program provides you with an opportunity to gain comprehensive and rewarding public service experience.

During this program, you’ll complete rotations through 5 core practice areas and one practice area of your choice.

By completing rotations in multiple areas, you’ll gain valuable work experience that will help you as you develop your law career.

Core practice areas

During each rotation, you’ll be given significant responsibilities in the following core practice areas, the duration of which may change depending on circumstances:

  • Civil Litigation – gain exposure to all aspects of civil litigation involving the Crown, including drafting pleadings and other court documents, preparing for and attending chambers applications, questioning and preparing legal opinions
  • Legal Services, Solicitors or Combined (Edmonton only) – help deliver advice to Alberta government ministries on a variety of matters, including corporate / commercial transactions, information and privacy, statutory interpretation, governance and regulatory compliance. You may also work with a specialized team that provides solicitor services and conducts unique litigation
  • Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS), Edmonton Prosecutions, Calgary Prosecutions and Regional Prosecutions – conduct summary conviction prosecutions, primarily in Traffic Court and Provincial Court. You'll also help senior Crown prosecutors prepare for trials involving indictable offences
  • ACPS, Appeals – help prepare appeals, including legal research and drafting factums and memoranda
  • Public Trustee and Social Enhancement Law – appear in court on matters relating to trusteeship, estate administration, settlements for minors, child protection and maintenance enforcement and participate in alternative and judicial dispute resolution

Practice area of your choice

You'll spend time in one practice area of your choice that's unique to government and our practice, including:

  • Aboriginal law
  • constitutional law
  • court services
  • energy law
  • environmental law
  • health law
  • human rights
  • legislative counsel (drafting)
  • legislative reform
  • municipal law regional prosecutions
  • regulatory prosecutions
  • specialized prosecutions

Mentorship and supervision

Along with informal guidance, you’ll benefit from mentorship and supervision provided by:

  • a main principal
  • surrogate principals in each rotation
  • two articling program managers

Legal education tutorials

We offer tutorials relevant to modules you take through the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education bar admission course. If you’re having any difficulties completing this course, we can arrange additional support that’s tailored to your needs.

Future possibilities

Not only do you receive an excellent articling experience, good compensation and other benefits for the articling year, we hire you with a view to long-term team building. We also have a solid history of retaining our articling students in both the criminal and civil divisions.

With over 450 lawyers, our ministry has one of Canada’s biggest and most diverse law groups. Your opportunities here are truly vast.

Apply

2020-2021 Student-at-Law Program (Attention 2nd Year Law Students)
Salary: $51,894.64
Closing date: January 17, 2020

We are hiring up to eight articling students for these regions:

  • Calgary Rural & Regional Response Office
  • Edmonton Rural & Regional Response Office
  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • Hinton
  • Lethbridge
  • Red Deer
  • Slave Lake
  • Wetaskiwin

First interviews will be in Edmonton and Calgary the week of February 3, 2020.

Successful candidates demonstrate academic excellence, superior advocacy skills, and eligibility to article in Alberta for the 2020-2021 articling year. Previous government experience is an asset.

We thank all candidates for their interest, though only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Final candidates undergo a security screening.

Due to the large volume of applicants, we cannot confirm that our office has received resumes. Applicants who apply online will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application.

Applications submitted without all of the required documents will not be considered, with no exceptions.

Required documents

  1. Your academic transcripts for undergraduate/pre-law and law school grades.
    1. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable though photocopies of official transcripts will be requested in the interview.
    2. For foreign law schools, we recommend you provide grade equivalency information from your academic institution. Your application may not be considered if academic excellence cannot be assessed based on information you provide.
  1. A one-page cover letter (no less than 12 pt font) including:
    1. Statement of candidate’s interest in articling with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.
    2. Preferred work location
    3. Preferred interview location (Edmonton or Calgary).
  2. Your resume.

Apply online

Competition number: 1056019
Closing date: January 17, 2020

Only one document can be uploaded, so your cover letter, transcripts and resume must be submitted as one.

Go to www.jobs.alberta.ca and follow the links to search for jobs – search for competition number 1056019.

Apply by mail

Competition number: 1056019
Closing date: January 17, 2020

If you cannot apply online, submit your cover letter, transcripts and resume to:

Amy Fernandes,
Workforce Planning
Alberta Crown Prosecution Service
3rd floor, Bowker Building
9833 109 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2E8

Phone: 780-643-0889
Email: amy.fernandes@gov.ab.ca

Contact

For any questions regarding the Articling Program, contact:

Ivanna Perozak
Director, Education Unit
Email: ivanna.perozak@gov.ab.ca