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2017 Aboriginal Law Student Summer Employment Program For First Year Law Students

Jan 03, 2017

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The purpose of the program is to:

  • allow law firms and the legal profession to gain greater insight into aboriginal culture and issues;
  • provide an opportunity for aboriginal law students early in their legal career to obtain work experience in a law firm or organization; and 
  • foster opportunities for ongoing relationships to develop between the aboriginal students and practicing lawyers.  

Pursuant to the guidelines listed below, all law students of First Nations, Inuit or Metis descent who wish to participate in the project are invited to apply.

Applicant Information

To be considered for summer 2017 program, you must:

  1. Be a law student of First Nations, Inuit or Metis descent.
  2. Where applicable, have completed first year (1L) of law school, as of April 2017.
  3. Submit your application directly to the employers you are interested in, including:
    - A cover letter, your resume and a copy of your transcripts of marks obtained during undergraduate studies and law school to date
  4. To comply with privacy laws, you must provide your consent to the Law Society of Alberta to forward your status as a registered program participant to the law firms indicated by:
    - Contacting the Law Society to advise you wish to be registered as a program participant
    - Advise us which employers or firms you will be applying to

The Law Society of Alberta will not have a role in the interview or hiring process, or the employment relationship. The participating employers you have expressed an interest in may contact you directly to arrange an interview, and they may then make offers to such students as they wish.  No participating employer is required to make an offer, and no student is required to accept an offer of employment.  Summer employment will only take place between a participating employer and a student who come to mutually acceptable terms.

Program Registration Information

Please send your consent to communicate and list of participating employers you will be sending applications to:

Jennifer Rothery, Assistant to the Equity Ombudsperson

Participating Employers

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Calgary)
Attention: Jessica Weatherhead
Accepting applications by only
Deadline: January 26, 2017

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Calgary)
Attention: Kimberley Ho
Accepting applications by only
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Government of Alberta – Justice & Solicitor General (Edmonton)
10365 97 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 3W7
Attention: Anita Verdi (email:
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Imperial Oil (Calgary)
Attention: Daniel Dubois or Melanie Habart
505 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary AB  T2C 5N1
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP (Edmonton)
3200 10180 101 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 3W8
Attention: Maya Claire Gordon
Deadline: January 27, 2017