Our reputation is exceptional. So is our training.

Our strong programs will help you gain invaluable experience to build your career. Our summer program is designed to introduce students to the practice of law and to the firm’s variety of practice areas. Meanwhile our articling program provides a comprehensive introduction to the firm and will build on the skills you have learned, to ensure a well-rounded articling experience.

Summer Program

Our summer program is designed to introduce you to the practice of law and to the firm's various areas of practice. As a summer student, you will have the opportunity to work with Canada's leading lawyers in business law, tax, litigation, real property law, and labour and employment law. From the first day you arrive, you will be treated as a professional and as part of our team.

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Articling Program

The articling program is designed to maximize your exposure to all aspects of the practice of law and our law firm. It will provide you with the opportunity to experience our practice first-hand by attending client meetings, strategy sessions, hearings and trials. You will be encouraged to work independently on some matters, all the while having support and guidance.

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Feedback and Evaluations

Our summer students work closely with lawyers, and feedback occurs informally on a regular basis. In addition, you will receive a review at the end of the summer.

Articling students are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their articles with their principals or mentors and other lawyers in the firm. Students receive a regular review at the end of each rotation so that they can receive constructive feedback on their professional development and tell us whether the firm is providing them with work and experience consistent with their expectations.

Social Activities and Community Involvement

In addition to the professional aspects of the summer and articling program, a variety of social events are planned throughout the year to round out your experience as a McCarthy Tétrault student. Our articling students lead our very successful annual United Way Campaign.

The legal training and practical experience of our lawyers enables them to make valuable contributions to the community. We regularly participate in conferences and teach law school, and continuing legal education courses. McCarthy Tétrault also sponsors scholarships, competitive moots, and academic prizes.

Compensation and Benefits

As a student at McCarthy Tétrault, you will receive a compensation package that is competitive with other large national law firms.

For articling students, we pay the Law Society call and admission fees and students receive a salary while at CPLED. In addition to a basic salary, articling students will receive a medical and dental package. Articling and summer students also receive a fitness subsidy.

We encourage our articling students to attend continuing legal education courses and other seminars. All articling students are provided with a membership in the Canadian Bar Association and Calgary Bar Association.