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Articling inquiries should be addressed to:

Dave Risling  


Jeff Weidman  


Ed Gullberg

Summer student inquiries should be addressed to:

Rhea Sajonas

Jullie Buehner


For all general inquiries email

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

PARTNERS      38
2015/16 HIREBACKS      100%
2014/15 HIREBACKS      100%

We have filled our 2018/2019 Articling Student positions in Edmonton.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation Insurance & Risk Management
Construction Labour & Employment
Corporate Commercial Securities Media
Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Municipal
Estate, Trust & Taxation Occupational Health & Safety
Financial Services Professional Liability
Health Restructuring & Insolvency

Our Calgary office specializes in advocacy, offering students a unique opportunity to experience various areas of litigation. There are no opportunities to practice corporate solicitor work in Calgary, but you will spend three weeks of your articling year working in our Edmonton office, where you will be exposed to the entire spectrum of practice groups the firm offers.

ARTICLING STUDENTS 2017/2018      2
2017/2018 HIREBACKS   2
We are no longer accepting applications for Articling Student positions for the 2019/2020 year. Thank you to all those who applied.

Practice Areas

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


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

2013/14 HIREBACKS      100%

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 2017/18 Articling Students.

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.

Navreet Bal, Calgary

I completed both my Law degree and Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary. Before law school I worked as an Employment Standards Officer with the Government of Alberta. I also interned with a law firm in India and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal in New York City during my summers in law school.

I chose McLennan Ross because of the people who work here and my interest in civil litigation work. Everyone I met throughout the interview process, and now have the privilege of working with, is invested in providing mentorship and guidance to help you succeed as an Articling student and young professional. I’ve had that the opportunity to work on a diverse range of interesting files. I’m excited about the work I get to do as an Articling student and know that I have the support of other lawyers at the firm when I need it. They make sure you get the feedback and teaching needed so that you can constantly improve and build on your skills.

My perfect day is a day spent with family and friends. In my free-time I enjoy travelling, camping, reading, binge watching TV shows, and catching a play or concert. If you have any questions about the firm or Articling please feel free to contact me.    

Justine Bell, Edmonton
  I am honored to be articling at McLennan Ross. The firm provides invaluable learning experience in a warm, collegial atmosphere. McLennan Ross takes the education of its students very seriously and makes great efforts to ensure its students gain both practical and substantive knowledge. Lawyers are eager to assign work, are encouraged to invite students to observe, and are more than willing to answer any questions we may have. I am very much enjoying my article and am looking forward to the many learning opportunities that are to come.
I attended law school at the University of Saskatchewan and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean. Throughout my academic career, I participated in various community initiatives. Most recently, while attending the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law, I performed in the College’s annual Legal Follies Variety Show, served on the Law Students’ Association, and volunteered in Saskatoon’s inner-city legal clinic. An articling position with McLennan Ross will allow me to continue to remain involved with my community.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, and spending time with friends. While the articling year is quite busy, making time for myself has been crucial to a successful article.
If you have any questions about McLennan Ross, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the firm or articling in general.

Ainslie Fowler, Edmonton

I attended Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for my undergraduate degree in English Literature, so I was very excited to be back in my hometown of Edmonton. After eight years on opposite sides of the country, I was eager to return home and put down roots in this fantastic city. Being offered a summer student position at McLennan Ross in 2015 was the best news I could hear in this long journey home. McLennan Ross exemplifies everything I value in a work place. The work is interesting and engaging, the staff are amazing, and the lawyers are not only incredibly experienced and committed to their practice, but also, trusting in you as a student. I receive great hands-on experience on files. I feel motivated to increase my knowledge in every area of law and legal issue I encounter.
My work experience was mostly in retail and the restaurant industry, which gave me great exposure to every kind of personality. Those jobs solidified for me that I need to work in a person-oriented practice in my legal career. McLennan Ross offers me just that. The work culture is interactive and the camaraderie is tangible.
McLennan Ross is the best of both worlds. Being a mid-size regional firm, you get exposure to interesting clients, big files and can enjoy the support and resources of a well-established office, while still creating professional relationships with all levels of the firm in a close-knit environment.
Outside of this engaging workplace, I enjoy cooking, fitness, hanging out with my friends and family, Facetiming my twin sister who lives in Toronto, and walking my family’s two golden retrievers. I love the burgeoning food scene and the fantastic arts community here, so you will usually find me at the Next Act off Whyte Ave trying a local IPA before a play or a music show. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I have created a “Where to Eat in Edmonton” guide to keep track of all the amazing new places that have opened up over the years! My first few months as a Student-at-Law show me that McLennan Ross reflects the best aspects of Edmonton. I am excited for what this year has to offer. Feel free to shoot me an email if you want any interview preparation tips or even a restaurant recommendation! 

Andrea MacLean, Calgary

My path to McLennan Ross was a winding one. I received a diploma in Theatre Studies, majoring in acting from Red Deer College and a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University. I then worked at a major Calgary media outlet as a writer, reporter and producer prior to attending law school at the University of Calgary.

McLennan Ross was the very first interview I attended at the beginning of a hectic 1L recruitment week. The energy, positivity and spirit I experienced visiting this mid-sized Calgary firm blew me away. I measured every other firm at which I interviewed against McLennan Ross and, in the end, none surpassed it. The recruitment process felt more like spending time chatting with friends than a formal interview. I knew this was where I wanted to be.

Choosing McLennan Ross was a no-brainer. I was looking for a firm where I would enjoy coming to work every day. I wanted a place where I would be a member of a team, not just a cog in a wheel. This is exactly what I found here. In a few short weeks, I knew everyone in the office and felt (and continue to feel) comfortable walking into any lawyer’s office to ask questions, get clarification or just chat.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time hiking and camping with my husband, Chad, and my labradoodle, Tucker. I am a big fan of country music; I love going to concerts and going out dancing. I have incredible people in my life and I treasure the time I get to spend with my friends – grabbing ice cream or coffee or playing squash after work.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

  Richard Wong, Edmonton

I recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law after obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta. Before law school I worked as a forensic psychology intern and legal assistant.  These experiences solidified my decision to practice law.

Although I miss TRU’s beautiful British Columbia campus, I am honored and grateful for the articling opportunity McLennan Ross has provided me in Edmonton. Not only has the firm lived up to its prestigious reputation as a leader in the legal industry, but the staff and lawyers have provided a supportive and incomparable learning experience. Specifically, they have guided me through various files while exposing me to different practice areas, and still provide me with independence to develop as a professional.

During the first year summer recruitment process, McLennan Ross stood out to me for both its legal reputation and its extensive community involvement. I had the privilege of competing in the McLennan Ross Junior Open during my junior golf days, back in my home town of Grande Prairie (go Storm go).  Little did I know that I would be hired by the firm as a summer student and be invited back for my articles.

When I’m not studying or working, I love to spend time with my friends and family.  I also enjoy lifting weights, attempting to golf during our limited summers, and playing recreational hockey throughout our long and dark winters (yes, “winter is coming”). If you have any tips on lifting or golf, or any questions about the firm, please feel free to contact me.


We are now accepting applications from 1L summer student candidates for 2018 in our Edmonton and Calgary offices. 1L students interested in the professional growth opportunities offered in our team based environment are invited to apply. We give preference to 1L students for summer positions and we consider our summer students for future articling positions.

Interested candidates are asked to send a current CV, cover letter, transcripts and reference letters to:

Please note that Edmonton Summer Student Applications are now closed.

Please note that Calgary Summer Student Applications are now closed.

What are your target hours?

There is no set target for articling students. It’s more important that our students gain the training and experience they need to become excellent associates.

What are your hire-back numbers?

We hired 100% of our 2015/16 and 2014/15 articling classes as associates.

How many articling students do you hire?

We typically hire between 3 and 4 articling students each year in the Edmonton office and 1 or 2 articling students in the Calgary office. We do not regularly take articling students in our Yellowknife office, but if you are interested in articling with us in Yellowknife please contact Glenn Tait, Yellowknife Managing Partner at

What is the compensation for articling students?

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

How many lawyers are in each office?

Partners Associates
Edmonton 38 24
Calgary 17 15
Yellowknife 2 1

Is there a formal rotation?

All articling students will be exposed to the entire spectrum of practice groups and the varying issues and tasks of each group.

There is a planned rotation in place in Edmonton which exposes each student to the entire spectrum of practice groups and the varying issues and tasks of each group. Edmonton students spend two weeks of their articling year working in our Calgary office.

Calgary articling students will spend three weeks of their articling year working in our Edmonton office.

Nathaniel Brenneis, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2017)

 I feel very lucky to have articled with McLennan Ross.  The best way I can describe what this firm offers its articling students is balance. It is a larger firm with many different and exciting practice areas to explore, but it is also deeply involved with the local community and takes educating its students very seriously. McLennan Ross has a strong tradition of mentorship and it shows. I feel as if all the partners, associates and staff were invested in my development and wanted to see me succeed.

I was challenged and inspired every week, and have found my colleagues to be thoughtful, dedicated and fun to work with. With the foundation McLennan Ross has provided, I feel well-equipped to begin my legal career and I am excited to get started.

Jessica Kruhlak, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2017)

McLennan Ross provides a comprehensive and rewarding articling experience.  The articling year has a steep learning curve and at times can feel overwhelming.  However, I was fortunate to find that McLennan Ross is fully committed to the training and mentorship of its students and young lawyers.

Partners and associates are always available to provide guidance and assistance, truly adopting an open door policy.  This focus on student involvement allowed me to work with several different practitioners in a variety of practice areas.

McLennan Ross has the resources, notoriety and practice range of a largescale firm, yet maintains a true sense of community and support among its lawyers and staff.  As a young lawyer, I am looking forward to continuing my practice at this firm, and am grateful for the strong foundational skills I have learned at McLennan Ross during my articling year.  

Sarah Levine, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2016)

McLennan Ross provides both a challenging and fulfilling articling experience. As a mid-size regional firm, it provides its articling students with an ideal and unique learning environment where the knowledge and experience of all associates and partners in the firm are accessible to draw from, and the clients and files that are worked on are both sophisticated and challenging. McLennan Ross services its clients in a wide variety of practice areas, which allows students to work with lawyers in several different areas of legal practice. This hands-on approach to training articling students to become self-sufficient and successful young lawyers continues when students transition to becoming junior associates, making McLennan Ross not only an excellent choice for a well-rounded article but also a great start to a successful legal career.

Iain Bailey, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2016)
The Calgary office is an ideal environment for a candidate who is interested in becoming a Barrister, and who has an open mind about what areas he or she is interested in. In my articling year at McLennan Ross, I worked on cases canvassing numerous subjects, including commercial disputes, labour & employment matters, criminal allegations, occupational health & safety, personal injury defence, product liability, professional liability, family law, estate law, and media law. Juniors at McLennan Ross are given meaningful roles in important cases. The firm is big enough for associates to get any help they need, and small enough that hard work makes an impression amongst the ranks.

Jennifer Davis, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2015)
I had an excellent articling year with McLennan Ross. My experiences were varied, challenging, and I felt supported throughout the year. One of the defining features of my articling was the open door policy and a real emphasis on mentorship from every level – staff, associates, and partners. Early on I was given the opportunity to run with a file, under the supervision of an excellent litigator who had no shortage of patience for my concerns and questions.  Having the opportunity to learn and train under some of the leading practitioners in their respective fields has been incredibly rewarding.

Allison Rudzitis, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2015)

Articling with McLennan Ross is both challenging and rewarding. The size of the firm means that there is no shortage of industry and practice groups to be exposed to; this ensures that the nature of your assignments will always be interesting and dynamic. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the firm, as I always felt challenged in my work.

Lawyers here also give students real responsibility on files. Early into articles, students are tasked with running files with the supervision of the responsible lawyer. This ‘hands on’ approach provides for a great learning experience, as the student must figure out legal, procedural, and administrative aspects of a running a file.

Marco Baldasaro, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2014)

My articling experience at the Calgary office of McLennan Ross was both challenging and rewarding. I had the luxury of exposure to a wide variety of quality litigation files in diverse areas of practice including commercial litigation, labour and employment, and regulatory matters. Lawyers at the firm are approachable and generous with their time, which makes the learning curve of articling far more endurable.

As an associate, I enjoy the high level of autonomy entrusted to juniors. You can expect to be given sole carriage of files very early in your career at McLennan Ross. For an aspiring litigator, there’s no better way to hone your craft.

Steve Schott, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2012)
I really enjoyed my articling experience at McLennan Ross’ Calgary office. From the very beginning, the lawyers and staff went out of their way to make me feel like a valuable member of the team and have always been there to provide help and support whenever I have needed it.

When articling, I found myself facing new and difficult challenges every day, but with the mentorship and guidance I received from the partners and associates at McLennan Ross, I knew that I was capable of taking on these challenges and developing the skills I need to be successful in practice. As a young lawyer, I look forward to carrying on this tradition by doing the same for students beginning their legal career with our firm. 

Blake Hafso, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2012)
Articling and working as an associate at the McLennan Ross Calgary office has been an excellent experience. From my first days here I have gained practical experience and significant exposure to all levels of litigation. I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside esteemed and highly skilled litigators in a collegial and positive atmosphere. McLennan Ross also provides great support for ongoing legal development and a number of great events such as Stampede, retreats and other events throughout the year.  McLennan Ross provides a well-rounded experience and I would highly recommend it. 

Alexis Moulton, Partner
(Bar Admission: 2001)
When I was looking for an articling position I had no experience with the law or law firms but from the minute I stepped off the elevator and started meeting the people at McLennan Ross I thought it would be a great place to work. 15 years later I am still here and credit McLennan Ross with supporting me in my development as a lawyer, encouraging me to find the areas I was interested in, and allowing me opportunities for my own personal growth as well as the growth of my legal practice.  I was fortunate to find the right fit with McLennan Ross and am really proud to have articled, become an associate and eventually a partner in the firm.”


Here is some general information to help you, not only if you decide to apply to us, but with your overall  approach to interviews.

Preparation. Do your homework. Analyze what kind of firm you want – small, medium, large? Boutique or general practice? Then go to the legal directories and to the internet and identify which firms meet your criteria.

Use your own resources- friends, relatives, classmates, professors – to learn what you can about each firm. Learn enough about the firms so you can differentiate them in your own mind during the interview process. Contact our current articling students – it wasn’t that long ago that they were having to make the same decision as you.

Attitude. Looking for articles should not be seen as a chore, but as an opportunity. Go into the process with an open mind. Identify and understand your goals. If you are successful in matching up with a good firm, your future is bright.

The Resume. This is the document that gets you through the door. Make the hiring committee want to meet you. By all means highlight your achievements, your background and your hobbies, but think about the most interesting thing about you and make sure the committee knows it. Don’t forget to attach educational transcripts and provide references.

The Interview. For us at least, this is probably the most critical part of the process. If you’ve come this far, there is obviously something about you, your background and your achievements that interests your interviewer. Prepare for the interview carefully. Each firm is different in its style, but you can’t go wrong by demonstrating some knowledge of the firm and your interview, and some basis for your interest in that firm.

Try and make the interview a dialogue by coming prepared with some questions of your own. Finally, at the end of the interview, ask if you can have a look around – it helps you get a feel for the workplace culture, and you will probably get a chance to meet some of the lawyers you might be working with.

Post Interview. Did you take notes? After three or four interviews in one day, the distinctions between the firms start to blur. It is helpful at the end of the day to refresh your memory of each firm. Rate them as you go along, if that helps.


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