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Articling inquiries should be addressed to:

EDMONTON
Maurice Dransfeld
780.482.9223 mdransfeld@mross.com

CALGARY
Alexis Moulton 
403.444.4081      amoulton@mross.com

YELLOWKNIFE   
Ed Gullberg
867.766.7680  egullberg@mross.com

 

Summer student inquiries should be addressed to:

EDMONTON     
Rhea Sajonas
780.482.9218 hr@mross.com


CALGARY
Jullie Buehner


403.303.1653     

calgaryhr@mross.com


For all general inquiries email info@mross.com.

Our Edmonton office has all practice groups under one roof, providing plenty of variety and opportunity.

Summer students will have the opportunity to do work various practice areas and attend questionings, closings, client meetings etc.. Summer students generally spend four months (May through August) in our office.

Articling students will have formal rotations that take them through all of the practice areas. In addition, they will spend two weeks working in our Calgary office to gain additional exposure. Articling students generally start their 12 month articling term in the summer.

PARTNERS - 39 

ASSOCIATES - 26  

ARTICLING STUDENTS 2020/2021 - 4  

Our hire-back rate is:    

2019/2020 - 100%                

2018/2019 - 100%                          

2017/2018 - 100%      

We do not accept applications for summer or articling positions outside the recruitment periods as specified by the Law Society of Alberta.

If you would like to learn more about our student program please contact any of our current articling students: Matthew Ryan, Broynn Rosser, Shaun Chorney and Kyle Trolley

For any additional information about our process, please contact Rhea Sajonas at hr@mross.com.

We have filled our 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Articling Student positions in Edmonton.


Practice Areas/Industry Groups

Commercial Litigation
Construction
Corporate Commerical Securities
Energy, Environmental and Regulatory
Health
Estate, Trust & Taxation
Financial Services

Insurance & Risk Management
Labour & Employment
Media  
Municipal
Occupational Health and Safety
Professional Liability   
Restructuring & Insolvency
 
 

 

Our Calgary office specializes in advocacy and offers students a unique opportunity to experience various areas of litigation. Our practice areas include Insurance and Risk Management, Labour and Employment, Commercial Litigation as well as Energy, Environmental and Regulatory.

Summer students will have the opportunity to do work in each of these practice areas and attend questionings, hearings, arbitrations etc. Summer students generally spend four months (May through August) in our office.

Articling students will have formal rotations that take them through all of the practice areas. In addition, they will spend two weeks working with our Edmonton office to gain exposure to the additional areas of practice offered there. Articling students generally start their 12-month articling term on the last Monday in June.

The Calgary office is currently made up of the following:

PARTNERS - 24 

ASSOCIATES - 17  

ARTICLING STUDENTS 2019/2020 - 3  

Our hire-back rate is:    

2019/2020 - 100%                

2018/2019 - 100%                          

2017/2018 - 100%      

We do not accept applications for summer or articling positions outside the recruitment periods as specified by the Law Society of Alberta.

If you would like to learn more about our student program please contact any of our current articling students: Michelle Tremblay, Logan Lazurko and Matthew McCarthy

For any additional information about our process, please contact Jullie Buehner at calgaryhr@mross.com.

We have filled our 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Articling Student positions in Calgary.


Practice Areas/Industry Groups

Commercial Litigation Labour & Employment
Construction Media
Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Occupational Health and Safety
Health Professional Liability
Insurance & Risk Management Cannabis

 

Our Yellowknife office is large by Northern standards and we have over a dozen lawyers, admitted to the Northwest Territories Bar, Nunavut Bar or Yukon Bar, busy helping our northern clients.

Please note, we do not regularly take articling students in our Yellowknife office. If you are interested in articling with us in Yellowknife, please contact Edward Gullberg at egullberg@mross.com.

 

PARTNERS      2
ASSOCIATES      2
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2019/20      1
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2018/19      0
        

 

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation Estate, Trust & Taxation
Construction Financial Services
Corporate Commercial Securities Labour & Employment
Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Municipal

 

We are pleased to introduce our 2020/21 Articling Students. You can find more information on each student by visiting their bio on our website.

If you have any questions about what it is like to article at McLennan Ross please feel free to send them an email. Please direct all questions relating to the recruitment process to the relevant articling coordinator.


 

Logan Lazurko, Calgary
llazurko@mross.com

Matthew McCarthy, Calgary
mmcarthy@mross.com

 

Michelle Tremblay, Calgary
mtremblay@mross.com

Shaun Chorney, Edmonton
schorney@mross.com


Broynn Rosser, Edmonton
bmrosser@mross.com

Matthew Ryan, Edmonton
mryan@mross.com

Kyle Trolley, Edmonton
ktrolley@mross.com

SUMMER STUDENT APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR 2021


Edmonton

We participate in the 1L summer recruitment cycle. Interested candidates can apply through the viLaw portal between January 19 and January 28, 2021. 

Calgary

We participate in the 1L summer recruitment cycle. Interested candidates can apply through the viLaw portal between January 19 and January 28, 2021. 

How many students do you take on?

In both Edmonton and Calgary, we typically hire between 3 and 4 summer students each year.

We do not regularly take articling students in our Yellowknife office, but if you are interested in summering or articling with us in Yellowknife please contact Ed Gullberg, Yellowknife Managing Partner at egullberg@mross.com.

What is the compensation for articling students?

We pay at the market rate comparable to other mid to large sized firms.

What are your target hours?

There is no set target for students. Our focus is on giving students the training and experience they need to become excellent associates.

How many lawyers are in each office?

Edmonton: 65

Calgary: 41

Yellowknife: 5

Is there a formal rotation?

During the articling year, students participate in a structured rotation through each of our practice areas. In addition to the practice group rotations, Calgary students will spend two weeks in Edmonton to gain exposure to the additional areas of practice offered there. Edmonton students will also spend two weeks in the Calgary office.

Summer students do not have a formal rotation.

"McLennan Ross Calgary office managed to provide its students with meaningful opportunities to work within multiple fields of law and gain courtroom experience (mostly virtual) all during a global pandemic. Despite most of my summer position being remote, I was able to gain invaluable experience in everything from drafting research memos for environmental litigation to attending hearings before the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Every member of the McLennan Ross team offered insightful knowledge into any questions that I had, and made me feel like a valued part of the firm. The collegial culture at McLennan Ross was apparent in every aspect of my summer position, and I am genuinely appreciative that I was able to begin my legal career in such a welcoming and supportive environment."

- Alexandra Champagne, McGill University, 1L Summer Student 2020

"Working at McLennan Ross as a summer student was an incredible experience. I was able to get real world experience by attending Questionings and Mediations both in person and online. Everyone was always willing to lend a helping hand and the associates were great mentors. The best part about the summer was the people who I got to work with and there is a real collegial feel to the firm. Everyone wants each other to succeed and is willing to lend a hand. I cannot wait to start articling!"

- Marcie Dear. University of Calgary, 2L Summer Student 2020

"The McLennan Ross Calgary office harbours a very welcoming and friendly environment of hard-working, funny, diverse and incredibly smart individuals. My experience as a summer student during COVID-19 was surely unusual and unprecedented. However, the firm put in a considerable amount of effort to make it as enjoyable as possible. For example, I was able to attend (virtual) mediations, arbitrations, questionings and hearings; was part of the firm’s (socially distanced) slow-pitch league; and was even able to safely work from the office a few times per week. The Associates and Partners were deeply supportive, always approachable, and consistently eager to answer an influx of questions. The social interactions that I was able to have with my colleagues were rich in intellect and humor (from their end mostly), and I feel very fortunate to have made such meaningful relationships at the firm. I am proud to be returning for articling in 2022, and am very enthusiastic to be starting my career at such an accomplished firm. I highly recommend applying to McLennan Ross, if not for their impressive legal reputation, their genuine interest in seeing you succeed in all parts of your life."

- Eden Giese, Dalhousie, 1L Summer Student 2020

   
 
   
   
 
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
 
   
   

Here is some general information to help you with your overall approach to application and interview process.

RESEARCH

Consider what size and type of firm you are interested in – small, medium or large? Boutique or general practice? Once you have an idea of what you want, go to the legal directories and to the internet and identify which firms meet your criteria.

Take time to research various firms and learn what you can about each. Learn enough about the firms so you can differentiate them in your own mind during the interview process. Contact current articling students as they can provide valuable insight into the application process and what to expect at that particular firm.

Go into the process with an open mind, looking for a summer position or articling position should be seen as an opportunity to learn more about different firms and practice areas. Identify and understand your goals and interests so that you can ask questions that will help you decide which firm is right for you.

RESUME

Your cover letter and resume are the first impression that the firm will have of you. This is your first opportunity to make an impression and there are a few common pitfalls that you can avoid. By all means highlight your achievements, your background and your hobbies, but ensure that you have made no spelling or grammatical errors and that you have taken time to write a cover letter that speaks to your interest in McLennan Ross specifically. This is where the research that you have done will help you, ensuring that you understand what types of law each firm and each office practice, you can be more intentional in your cover letter. Be sure to include your transcripts and any references that you have during the application process.

INTERVIEW

The interview is the most critical part of the process at McLennan Ross. Prepare for the interview carefully. It is helpful to demonstrate some knowledge our firm and the lawyers who are interviewing you (this is another reason to do your research). Common tips for a successful interview would include dressing professionally, making eye contact, be courteous and be on time. This is an opportunity for the people that you meet to see who you are and how you may fit into the firm. Be yourself.

Remember that the interview is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the firm and to assess whether this is a fit for you. You should prepare questions that you want to ask in advance. You should make note of the answers so that you can refer back to them later. Engage with every person that you meet during the process, it will help you get a feel for the workplace culture.

POST INTERVIEW

It is helpful to make or add to any notes that you took immediately after the interview while the conversations and people are fresh in your mind. This will also allow you to make a note of any additional questions that you may have not had the opportunity to ask.  

The interviewers always appreciate hearing back from candidates after the interview and it is a great opportunity to ask a follow up question or express your interest in the firm.

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