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Articling inquiries should be addressed to:

 

EDMONTON
Doug Boyer 
780.482.9282  dboyer@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.

 

PARTNERS      39
ASSOCIATES      22
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2018/19      3
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2017/18      3
2018/19 HIREBACKS      100%
2017/2018 HIREBACKS      100%

We have filled our 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 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. While there are no opportunities to practice solicitor work in Calgary, you will spend two 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.

The Calgary office will be looking to take on three or four articling students for the 2020/2021 year. Our articling students generally start their 12 month articling term on the third Monday in June.

The Calgary office is currently made up of the following:

PARTNERS  24  
ASSOCIATES                                             13  
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2019/2020  4  
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2018/2019  3  
     
Our hire-back rate is as follows:    
2018/2019 100%                
2017/2018 100%                          
2016/2017 N/A - no students      
2015/2016 100%  


We will begin accepting applications May 13, 2019 through the viLaw portal.

For any other information please contact Jullie Buehner at Calgaryhr@mross.com.

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 egullberg@mross.com.

 

PARTNERS      2
ASSOCIATES      2
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2017/18      0
ARTICLING STUDENTS 2016/17      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 2018/19 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.


 

Eric Appelt, Edmonton
eappelt@mross.com

Marika Cherkawsky, Calgary
mcherkawsky@mross.com

 

Moe Denny, Edmonton
mdenny@mross.com

Christopher Green, Calgary
cgreen@mross.com


Marco Marrelli, Edmonton
mmarrelli@mross.com

Nicola Nielsen, Calgary
nnielsen@mross.com

SUMMER STUDENT APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR 2019

We are now accepting applications from 1L summer student candidates for 2019 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:

Edmonton
We are no longer accepting applications.

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Calgary
We are no longer accepting applications.

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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 2016/17 and 2017/18 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 Ed Gullberg, Yellowknife Managing Partner at egullberg@mross.com.

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?

Office Partners Associates
Edmonton 37 27
Calgary 20 13
Yellowknife 1 2


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.

Justine Bell, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2018)
  McLennan Ross provides invaluable learning experience in a warm, collegial atmosphere. The firm takes education very seriously and make great efforts to ensure its students gain both practical and substantive knowledge. Lawyers are eager to assign meaningful work, are encouraged to invite students to observe, and are more than willing to provide guidance as needed. Ultimately, McLennan Ross offers a challenging and diverse articling experience. I look forward to continuing my practice with McLennan Ross.

Richard Wong, Associate
(Bar Admission: 2018)

 

It was a privilege to article at McLennan Ross.  The staff, associates and partnership provided the support, guidance and mentorship necessary for my transition from law school to practice, and from articling to becoming an associate.  

The breadth of practice areas at the firm provided me with various learning opportunities in a variety of different legal fields.  The depth of the firm's lawyers provided me with exposure to different styles of practices and opportunities to develop my own style, that will continue to shape my practice and me as a professional.  

The opportunities I was given provided hands-on learning experiences that were, and continue to be, very rewarding.  I was provided independence with appropriate supervision and guidance throughout each file, wherever I needed assistance.  I am truly grateful for these opportunities and learning experiences that McLennan Ross has provided, and I look forward to continuing with the  firm in the future.

   
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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