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Calgary

Each year, Fasken’s Calgary office hires two to three first-year summer students with the intention that those students will be offered articling positions upon the successful completion of the summer with us.

Our Calgary office provides a unique opportunity for students to not only work and learn within one of Canada's leading national law firms, but also to play an integral part in the development and growth of our office.

Summer Students

Summer students rotate through the corporate and litigation groups and have opportunities to work in the areas that interest them. Usually, each student is assigned one or two major projects to work on throughout the summer.

Each summer student is matched with a mentor to guide them through the summer program and provide coaching and feedback.

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Articling

Fasken’s goal is to provide our students with an articling experience that will be challenging and interesting and that will develop our students into exceptional lawyers.

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Orientation

Fasken’s formal student orientation program will give you the right tools to succeed, right from the start. You’ll be introduced to firm contacts and other students, trained to use our IT and knowledge management systems and have an opportunity to ask plenty of questions.

Rotations

Half of your articling year in the Calgary office will be spent working with the corporate group and the other half with the litigation group. The program is flexible; you can pursue and accept work from any sub-practice area during each rotation and you’ll be involved in specific client work that interests you.

This flexibility also allows you to be more deeply involved in files and the opportunity to seek out an experience that matches your career objectives. We encourage and support our students being directly involved with our clients when appropriate. Your interaction with clients will develop your awareness of the importance of excellent client service and your knowledge of their business objectives and priorities.

Bar Admission

Articling students in Calgary are required to complete the CPLED program, which involves weekly assignments and periodic competency evaluations over a six-month period. You will be given time to concentrate on your studies during each week of CPLED.

Mentoring, Training & Evaluation

Your interests shape your experience at Fasken. As part of our collaborative approach, we consult with each student to discuss the student's goals and objectives and endeavour to accommodate the student's interest in particular practice areas.

Each student is matched with a principal and a mentor who will provide guidance and ensure the quality of your experience. Your principal is responsible for your professional development, work allocation and formal feedback. Your mentor will be a junior lawyer who can give you confidential feedback, coaching and encouragement in areas of interest or concern.

You’ll receive evaluations and feedback throughout the articling program and a formal evaluation at the end of each rotation. We know that feedback goes both ways; students are encouraged to raise questions, concerns or comments at any time.

Throughout the year, you’ll participate in firm-wide training seminars focused specifically on students, professional development sessions for lawyers, practice group meetings and regional events focused on clients and community activities.

As an articling student with Fasken, you have the ability to direct your own career, with the assistance and guidance of your principal, mentor and the Student Committee. Fasken’s commitment to training, education and mentoring will guarantee a meaningful and rewarding articling experience.

Compensation

Fasken compensates students at “market” rates consistent with other national law firms. Your CPLED and articling enrolment fees will be covered by the firm and articling students receive dental, medical and extended health care benefits as well as a fitness subsidy.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted in accordance with the Law Society process and should be submitted via the viDesktop Portal.

For more information about our student programs, please contact:

David Both, Partner

Chair of the Calgary Student Committee

Fasken

3400 First Canadian Centre

350 - 7th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2P 3N9

 

E-mail: dboth@fasken.com

 

Sandra Mouland, General Manager

Fasken

3400 First Canadian Centre

350 - 7th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2P 3N9

 

E-mail: smouland@fasken.com

 

Application Toolkit

We are proud of our reputation as a leader in the area of career advice and support for students and we have a variety of resource tools available to all students.

Please review our Resume/Interview Preparation Guide, our application instructions, planner and street map. We hope you will find this information to be useful.

Resume/Interview Preparation Guide (PDF Downloads)