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Articling Program

The articling program is designed to maximize student 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.

Our informal approach enables you to work with many lawyers in each area of practice. At McCarthy Tétrault, there is a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect that promotes teamwork and encourages us to work together and develop important working relationships, within the Calgary office and within the firm. The Director, Professional Resources, and the mentors work closely with our students to monitor workload and to ensure that students are getting a wide variety of work experience in each of their rotations.

In Calgary, our rotation program is designed to provide you with the widest possible range of experience. Rotations include time spent in each of the following general practice areas: business law (including financial services), litigation (including labour and employment), and a combined rotation in energy, real property and tax. While working in these areas, students are encouraged to approach and work with lawyers who practise in more specialized practice areas. In each rotation, you will work on a wide variety of files and projects, and get exposure to a diverse range of expertise and styles.

Members of our Student Committee act as mentors in each rotation. They are experienced lawyers who will provide assistance, support and guidance throughout the articling period. They are responsible for assisting students in managing their workload, and for ensuring that students receive interesting and challenging work, as well as a balanced articling experience. Each student is also assigned a principal lawyer to oversee their progress and to provide assistance with their professional responsibility and practice obligations.