Court of Appeal Articling Program

Articles of Clerkship with the Court of Appeal of Alberta

Each year, the Court of Appeal of Alberta invites applications for articling student positions in Edmonton and Calgary.

The Articling Program 

Court of Appeal of Alberta articling students gain valuable insight into appellate reasoning and decision-making processes. Discussion and interaction among students, justices and legal counsel is encouraged and there is, generally, an open-door policy at the Court.

During the course of their articling term with the Court, students hone their legal research, analysis and writing skills and learn valuable lessons in the art of advocacy by observing counsel in court.

In fulfilling their duties, students are exposed to many areas of the law, including administrative, constitutional, contract, corporate and commercial, criminal, employment, family, tort and wills and estates law. 

Duties

Articling students review application and appeal materials, research a broad range of legal issues and prepare pre- and post-hearing memoranda of fact and law. They may also be asked to review, edit and comment on draft reasons for judgments or application decisions, and/or assist justices with speeches and academic papers and presentations.

While articling with the Court of Appeal of Alberta, students must complete the Law Society of Alberta’s Education Plan. The Education Plan requires students to obtain practical experience, training and mentoring in key competency areas: ethics and professionalism; practice management; client relationship management; conducting matters; and adjudication and alternative dispute resolution.

Students are encouraged to complete the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) administered by the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) during their articling term with the Court.

Other Educational Opportunities 

Students receive a comprehensive orientation to the Court of Appeal of Alberta and its legal research resources at the commencement of their articles.

Students also attend numerous tours and seminars during their articling term with the Court. The tours and seminars introduce students to the inner workings of the Alberta court system and review a broad range of practice areas. Justices and other court officials present most of the tours and seminars.

Resources 

Although articled to a single justice, students will have an opportunity to work with most, if not all, of the justices of the Court of Appeal of Alberta. They are also encouraged to seek information and advice from the Court’s legal counsel and librarians.

Students have offices in the same areas as the justices and their staff. They have full access to judicial libraries, the Alberta Law Libraries and many online legal research resources.

Start Date and Term of Employment

The start dates vary. Generally, some students commence their employment at the beginning of June and some start at the beginning of August.

Students articled to a justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta complete a ten-month term with the Court. In order to be admitted to the Alberta bar, they must also complete at least a three-month articling term with an Alberta lawyer.

Salary and Benefits

For students articling with the Court in 2024-2025, it is anticipated that the bi-weekly salary will be $2,043.35.

Students are entitled to 8.33 vacation days as well as additional days off with pay for illness. They are also eligible to participate in an Alberta government employee benefits program which includes: group life insurance, extended medical benefits, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance plans.

The Alberta government pays the students’ Law Society of Alberta application and admission, and PREP registration fees.

Qualifications

Articling students must have a Canadian common law degree or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Law Society of Alberta.

The Court of Appeal of Alberta seeks students of good character and reputation with strong academic records and well-developed legal research, analysis and writing skills. It hires individuals who are motivated and demonstrate an ability to produce high quality work under strict deadlines. Ideal candidates are good team players and capable of working well in a cooperative and collaborative work environment.

Other Requirements

Offers of employment made to articling students are conditional on the candidate passing a security screening.

As new employees of the Alberta government, students will be required to take and subscribe an oath. The text of the oath can be found in section 20 of the Public Service Act, RSA 2000, c P-42.

At all times during their articling term with the Court of Appeal of Alberta and afterwards, students must keep in confidence, and not disclose to anyone outside of the Court, anything relating to the work they do for the Court.

How to Apply

All 2024-2025 articling applications (including transcripts and reference letters) must be received by email by noon on December 1, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates must submit:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. all post-secondary transcripts;
  4. one academic reference letter (which comments on the candidate's legal research, analysis and writing skills);
  5. the names of, and contact information for, two additional referees; and
  6. a legal writing sample (approximately five to fifteen pages in length).

Although an application package may include copies of post-secondary transcripts, if a conditional offer of employment is received from the Court of Appeal of Alberta, official transcripts must be provided.

When sending your application package via email, include your (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) post-secondary transcripts; (4) names and contact information for additional referees; and (5) writing sample, as individual pdf files attached to a single email.

Please use the following subject line on all emails sent regarding your applications:

LAST NAME, First Name – Articling Application
Subject Line Example: SMITH, Jane – Articling Application

The reference letter must be sent separately by the referee via email. Please use the following subject line on emails attaching reference letters:

APPLICANT LAST NAME, First Name – Reference – Referee Name
Subject Line Example: SMITH, Jane – Reference – Professor Jones

To apply for an articling student position in Edmonton, applications should be submitted via email to CAEdmArticlingProgram@albertacourts.ca and addressed to:

 Justice F. L. Schutz and Justice M. G. Crighton
Court of Appeal of Alberta
5th Floor, Law Courts Building
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 0R2

To apply for an articling student position in Calgary, applications should be submitted via email to CACalArticlingProgram@albertacourts.ca and addressed to:

Justice B. L. Veldhuis and Justice A. L. Kirker
Court of Appeal of Alberta
2600, 450 1st Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5H1

Those who wish to be considered for articling student positions in Edmonton and Calgary must send separate applications to each city and are encouraged to indicate their preferred location in their cover letter.

Interviews

Interviews will be conducted by one or two Court of Appeal of Alberta justice(s) and one or two legal counsel. Interviews will be in January 2023.

The Court does not pay interview travel expenses. Interviews typically last about twenty minutes.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Court of Appeal of Alberta's legal counsel and/or current articling students:

In Edmonton:

  • Sarah DeSouza
    Legal Counsel
    780-422-5861
    sarah.desouza@albertacourts.ca
  • Elisa Carbonaro
    Student-at-Law
    780-644-3611
    Elisa.Carbonaro@albertacourts.ca
  • Samantha Figueroa Garcia
    Student-at-Law
    780-644-3610
    Samantha.Garcia@albertacourts.ca
  • Prabhjot Punnia
    Student-at-Law
    780-644-3612
    Prabhjot.Punnia@albertacourts.ca
  • Rayna Lew
    Student-at-Law
    780-422-5293
    Rayna.Lew@albertacourts.ca
  • Jonas Patron
    Student-at-Law
    780-422-5559
    Jonas.Patron@albertacourts.ca

In Calgary:

  • Celeste Feick
    Legal Counsel
    403-592-4632
    celeste.feick@albertacourts.ca 
  • Brenna Haggarty
    Student-at-Law
    403-355-4085
    brenna.haggarty@albertacourts.ca
  • Case Littlewood
    Student-at-Law
    403-476-4708
    case.littlewood@albertacourts.ca
  • Jayce Eadie
    Student-at-Law
    403-476-4709
    Jayce.Eadie@albertacourts.ca
  • Thomas Kusch
    Student-at-Law
    403-355-4248
    Thomas.Kusch@albertacourts.ca