Summer law student programs

Apply for Justice and Solicitor General’s summer law student programs and gain valuable work experience in civil or criminal law.

Overview

These summer programs hire several first-year and second-year law students.

Both programs run annually and provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Civil law

Our Legal Services division hires several law students for this popular program. The program runs annually from May to August.

If hired, you’ll work for one of our dynamic teams:

  • Central Services (Corporate and Financial) Legal Team
  • Civil Litigation
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Services
  • Legislative Counsel
  • Legislative Reform, or
  • Social Enhancement Legal Team

Civil law recruitment

Our positions are filled using this process:

  1. Students apply for a position on the Government of Alberta Jobs website.
  2. We review and screen the applications.
  3. We interview students according to the rules set by the Law Society of Alberta.
  4. We hire first-year students in the winter and second-year students in the fall.

For questions about this program, contact:

Kristal Watson
Assistant Co-ordinator
Legal Services
Phone: 780-422-3039
Email: kristal.watson@gov.ab.ca

Criminal law

The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) hires law students for this demanding program. The program runs annually from May to August.

The Division’s summer student program is designed to be flexible. Successful candidates will be given the choice of the following locations for summer employment:

  • Calgary
  • Calgary Rural and Regional Response
  • Edmonton
  • Edmonton Rural and Regional Response
  • Fort McMurray
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Grande Prairie
  • Hinton
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer
  • Slave Lake
  • St. Paul
  • Westaskiwin

It’s also possible for students to gain exposure to different types of prosecutions by working in more than one location during the program. The positions are split between first-year and second-year students.

If hired, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • appear in court
  • conduct traffic prosecutions
  • work alongside lawyers who appear in court daily

Criminal law recruitment

Our positions are filled using this process:

  1. Program application details are posted in the fall and winter on the viLawPortal.
  2. We review and screen the applications.
  3. We interview students according to the rules set out by the Law Society of Alberta.
  4. We hire first-year students in the winter and second-year students in the fall.

For questions about this program, contact:

Barb DiPersio
Director of Workforce and Planning
Alberta Crown Prosecutions Services
Phone: 780-644-2932
Email: barb.dipersio@gov.ab.ca