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Bennett Jones LLP - Edmonton, Alberta

Recruitment & Hiring

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  1st Yr. Summer 2nd Yr. Summer Articling Students
Do you hire: Yes Yes Yes
How many did you/will you hire for:
2019 5 0 3
2020 3 2 2
2021 TBD 0 4
2022 TBD TBD 3
2023 TBD TBD TBD
Rotation No No Yes
Split/Secondment No No Case-by-Case

First Year Summer Students

FIRST YEAR SUMMER STUDENTS:

Do you recruit first year summer students?
Yes
When is the application deadline for first year summer students? January 28, 2021
When is the interviewing period? February 16 through February 19, 2021
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? No
Description of first year summer program: Our summer program is designed to provide first and second year law students with a solid introduction to the practice of law and the culture of Bennett Jones LLP. Summer students get real file work, meet clients, get involved in deals and go to court - they do not spend their whole summer in the library writing memos. Summer students are welcomed to the firm with a weeklong in-depth orientation program and are paired with associate mentors. As a group, the students engage in many social and team building activities. We also have a strong continuing legal education program that is designed to build both technical and practice management skills.
Comments
How many weeks is the first year summer program? Roughly 4 months

Second Year Summer Students

SECOND YEAR SUMMER STUDENTS:

Do you recruit second year summer students?
Yes
When is the application deadline for second year summer students? Varies by school (August/September)
When is the interviewing period? Varies by school (September/October)
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? Yes
Description of the second year summer program Our summer program is designed to provide second year law students with a solid introduction to the practice of law and the culture of Bennett Jones LLP. Summer students get real file work, meet clients, get involved in deals, and go to court, they do not spend the whole summer in the library writing memos. Summer student are welcome to the firm with a week-long orientation program and are paired with associate mentors. As a group, the students engage in many social and team building activities. We also have a strong continuing legal education program that is deisgned to build both technical and practice management skills.
Comments
How many weeks is the second year summer program? Roughly 4 months

OCIs

Will you be participating in OCIs this year? Yes
Schools: University of Alberta, Faculty of Law

Other Campus Recruiting

We will be recruiting students from the following law schools (outside of the OCI process) Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Law
McGill University, Faculty of Law
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Queen's University, Faculty of Law
Thompson Rivers University
University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
University of Saskatchewan, College of Law
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
Comments
2020 2021
No. of 1st Year Summer Students 3 TBD
No. of 1st Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions (region dependent) 3 0
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students 2 0
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions 2 N/A
Quebec: Number of future articling students working as a 2nd year summer student N/A N/A
Atlantic: No. of articling students hired during 2nd year January recruitment N/A N/A
No. of additional articling students hired (in some regions, in addition to students hired through the summer process) N/A N/A


For Quebec and Atlantic Employers: Do you allow your articling students hired to work for you during their second year summer?

Articling Students

When do you hire articling students? June of each year in accordance with the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta
Do you still have any articling positions open for this year (starting 2021)? No
Do you anticipate having articling positions open for next year (starting in 2022) for external candidates outside of your current student hires (if any)? Yes
If so, how many positions do you anticipate having for external candidates? TBD
Do you allow students to work during the licensing process in your jurisdiction? Yes
Description of articling program Our twelve month articling program is split into three rotations: 1) Advocacy 2) Business Law 3) Student's Choice. During the advocacy rotation, our students are involved in general litigation matters, tax litigation, medical malpractice litigation, administrative/tribunal work, regulatory and environmental work, bankruptcy and insolvency and labour and employment work. In the business law rotation, our students gain experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity, banking law and structured finance, real estate, energy and construction, emissions trading, competition law, technology and intellectual property. Our student coordinators work closely with each of the students to ensure that they receive individualized attention and career planning assistance/guidance.
Comments
Do you offer internships? No

Summer/Articling

Do you accept applications for summer/articling positions from foreign trained students/lawyers? Yes
If yes, do applicants need to have an Assessment Report from the National Committee on Accreditation (in Québec, an attestation from le Barreau du Québec) before applying? Yes
Comments We are pleased to receive applications from foreign trained students/lawyers once they have received their NCA Certification.

Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials Resume
cover letter
post secondary transcripts
law school transcripts
Comments

Preferred Method of Application

Preferred Method of Application viDesktop Portal
Comments Please note that we no longer accept application via email or regular mail. All applications must be processed via the viDesktop Portal or our website.
2020 2021
How many articling students did you offer a first year lawyer position? 1 TBD
How many articling students in your articling program were seeking a position? 3 TBD
How many additional first year associates did you hire outside of your articling student program? 0 TBD
How many of the additional students clerked? 0 0