Lawson Lundell has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Yellowknife and Kelowna. We are a full-service regional firm with a well-established, loyal client base. A student who articles in our Calgary office has the best of both worlds: a small collegial firm environment in an exciting city, with the resources and client base of a large, well-respected western Canadian firm.
Students in the Calgary office are called upon to assist in a wide range of files throughout their tenure. Students rotate through 2 general (litigation, and corporate communications) practice areas, and are encouraged to seek out work in their rotation to give them broad training. We hold monthly student meetings to discuss work allocation and to make sure our students have the opportunity to be involved in interesting work.
Students may begin the program at flexible start dates during the year, in consultation with the Director, Student Recruitment and Development, though most students usually begin articles in July.
Once students have arrived at the firm, they begin with training to teach them about the firm, our expectations, and our systems, including our technology and our library.
During the articling year, students attend and complete the professional legal education program required by the Law Society of Alberta. That program, known as the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) Program, is delivered in Alberta by the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA). The CPLED Program, which combines face-to-face and on-line training sessions, is offered twice per year. We pay the full Bar Admission tuition and materials fees as well as full salary during the course.
Memberships and Social Events
We encourage our students to become involved with the local legal community. We pay the annual fees for membership in the Canadian Bar Association, and the Calgary Bar Association. We also pay membership fees for Canadian Bar Association subsections, including lunch seminars.
Social events include a winter holiday party for lawyers, students and staff, annual firm dinners for all lawyers and students, and client-based events such as the annual Calgary Stampede party. A variety of other social and athletic events are arranged on an ad hoc basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students frequently ask us about the following topics:
Law Society of Alberta rules and guidelines for the timing of interviews and offers.
Our articling students for 2019/2020 are:
- Isabelle Lam (Queen’s University)
- Alison McDonald (University of Calgary)
- Jay Moch (University of Calgary)
- Ashley Urch (University of Calgary)
Our articling students for 2020/2021 are:
- Madison Fulton (University of Calgary)
- Rosemary Gregg (University of Calgary)
- Nicolas Lindal (University of Alberta)
- Jahaan Premji (University of Alberta)
Our articling students for 2022-2023 are:
- Charlotte Woo (University of Calgary)
- Molly Bannister (University of Calgary)
- Stefan Malinovic (University of Saskatchewan)