Overview

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:

  • 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), General 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

Rotations

Core Rotations Weeks per rotation for Edmonton students Weeks per rotation for Calgary students
Civil Litigation 8 10
Legal Services, Solicitors or Combined (Edmonton only) 8
ACPS - General Prosecutions 9 12
ACPS - Appeals 6 6
Public Trustee and Social Enhancement Law 10 12

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

Download the 2019–2020 Student-at-Law Program form (PDF, 179 KB) and follow the instructions.

Applications are open annually from mid March to mid May.