Company : City of Edmonton
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Alberta
The City of Edmonton's Legal Services Branch is seeking one articling student for the 2023/2024 articling year.
If you are a motivated law student with a keen interest in public sector law, consider working in a dynamic environment along with a team of other lawyers within the Legal Services Branch, who value hard work and a strong work-life balance.
The City of Edmonton’s Legal Service Branch acts as a full-service law firm for the City, which employs over 13,000 employees and has a total budget in excess of $3 billion. Virtually all legal work for the City is handled in-house. As an articling student with the City of Edmonton, you will have an opportunity to work in areas such as:
- Commercial and real estate transactions
- Finance and investment advising
- Public-private partnerships
- Expropriation law
- Bylaw drafting
- Intellectual property law
- Tendering and procurement
- Corporate structure and governance issues
- Personal injury litigation
- Real property litigation
- Construction litigation
- Bylaw challenges, enforcement and prosecutions
- Assessment and taxation; and
- Human resources and employment advising/hearings
You will have independence and authority to manage your own files and will be encouraged to connect with City departments to gain first-hand knowledge on the work of our business areas. You will also find that the lawyers in the Branch have an open-door policy, and are available to spend time with students to assist and direct them when necessary.
The City will cover the cost of your Alberta Law Society membership, Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) tuition, as well as any time off required to complete PREP modules.
The Legal Services Branch is interested in retaining its students beyond their articling year, however, as with any firm, we cannot guarantee that students will be offered a continuing position at the end of their articling year. In the past, there have typically been opportunities available for qualified students who wished to continue on with the Branch. A number of senior lawyers currently employed by the Legal Services Branch articled with the City.
The City welcomes applications from all interested applicants who will be eligible to commence their articles in the 2023/2024 articling year. Applicants must apply online and include a cover letter, resume, updated law school transcripts, and the names of two references.
Note: This position will be a combination of working from home and on-site working conditions. Working conditions will follow the Government of Alberta Health recommendations
Applicants must currently be or have been enrolled in a Faculty of Law at an accredited post-secondary institution and have successfully completed the program at the time of commencement of their articles with the City. Applicants should also demonstrate:
- Eligibility to article as a student-at-law within the Province of Alberta
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment
- Ability to work independently with confidence under time constraints
- Strong analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills
- Excellent verbal, negotiating, and written communication skills
- Proficiency in Google Workspace applications
- Strong legal research skills and computer literacy
- Student Legal Services experience, particularly court experience, would be an asset
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Hours of Work: 36.9 hours per week
Salary: Reviewed annually; however, it is anticipated that the 2023/2024 articling student minimum salary will be $25.006 per hour and $48,166 annually
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