The high quality articling program at Dentons’ Calgary office will equip you with the tools you will need to become an accomplished lawyer. We invest heavily in technology, training and development, and we are constantly striving to improve our processes to ensure our students get the most from their articling year and beyond.
Our program begins with an orientation week, including seminars and introductions to our lawyers, management and staff, along with various social events. Orientation will also address relevant topics such as time management, office procedures and the business of law. You will also be given an introduction to our extensive legal library and a tour of the major courthouses in the city. Finally, our dedicated Research Department will spend a great deal of time with you on the skills needed to be an effective writer and researcher, and will work closely with you on your initial research assignments.
Orientation week is also an opportune time to meet other articling students. We include social functions where you can meet members of the Firm in a more casual environment. At Dentons’ Calgary office we believe our students are more effective when working together as a group, so we work hard to foster a sense of camaraderie from the start.
The initial orientation program will be supplemented with seminars throughout your articling year that deal with issues of particular interest to new lawyers such as chambers applications, drafting pleadings, real estate transactions, the basics of corporate and securities transactions, due diligence, labour and employment law, and general practice tips.
How our rotation program works
At Dentons, we believe that your articling year provides an opportunity for you to gain valuable exposure to a wide variety of practice disciplines.
While articling in our office, you will rotate between practice areas, with half of your time focused on barrister’s work, and half on solicitor’s work. You’ll work closely with lawyers in each group and assume a variety of tasks such as: performing legal research, interviewing witnesses, meeting with clients, drafting documents, assisting with corporate transactions and liaising with members of the Firm. We encourage you to meet with clients from the outset to gain practical, firsthand experience working on their files. We treat you as a valuable member of the team from day one.
While eventually each of our lawyers will focus on specific areas, it is extremely important that you acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of all areas of practice.
The two-principal approach
To support you during your articling year, we offer you two mentors: a principal, usually a more senior partner with the Firm, and a co-principal, typically a junior partner or senior associate. Together, they ensure you are exposed to as many aspects of the practice of law as possible, and you receive formal and informal evaluations on your progress and development from the lawyers with whom you have worked. Typically, one of the principals is a solicitor and the other a barrister. If you have an interest in a particular area of practice, we will try to provide you with a principal who practices in that area.
Additionally, other senior members—including nationally-recognized leaders in their areas of practice—participate actively as informal mentors.
Our hireback policy
At Dentons’ Calgary office, we strive to only take on as many summer students as we can realistically hire back for articles, and as many articling students as we can take on as associates.
What it’s like to article at Dentons in Calgary
What our students say:
Andreas Kloppenborg, student-at-law (2015 – 2016)
When it comes to choosing a law firm to begin one’s legal career, there is no better place than with Dentons. My incredible experience as a summer and articling student is owed to the Firm’s brilliant lawyers and stimulating atmosphere. I found Dentons’ global reach to be unparalleled, and working here has exposed me to meaningful local and international work. After such a memorable year, I am thrilled to be joining the Firm as an associate, and I very much look forward to developing my career at Dentons.
Virgil Lowe, student-at-law (2014 – 2015)
Summering and articling at Dentons has been a great way to start my legal career. From day 1, I, and all the other students I have worked with, have had the privilege of being involved in challenging, interesting and meaningful files. Dentons’ lawyers here have always been available to teach us the little tricks of the trade to make us better lawyers and help us on our paths to successful legal careers.
The lawyers at Dentons have exposed us to all areas of practice. From drafting documents, to attending in Court, to meeting with clients and learning how to figure out and solve each individual client’s issue, we have had the opportunity to experience it all.