NL – Articling and Summer Program

Cox & Palmer is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education plan for articled clerks and summer students, which meets and exceeds the standards set forth by the province’s Law Society. Our articled clerks and summer students become familiar with the practice of law by working closely with experienced senior lawyers. Students are provided the opportunity to meet with clients, address client needs and manage complex legal issues while developing the skills to become a competent and successful lawyer. At Cox & Palmer, we pride ourselves on offering a learning experience that will be rewarding, collegial and dynamic.

Application and Interview Process

Representatives from St. John's will conduct interviews at the University of New Brunswick Law School and at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in January. Students at those law schools should contact their Career Development Office to learn about the application process and applicable deadlines. Interviews with students from other law schools across Canada are scheduled in January. Offers for positions at the St. John's office are made shortly after interviews are conducted in January.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Pre-law transcript (official copy)
  • Law school marks (unofficial copy accepted – request official copy when available, if necessary)

Summer Student Experience

Your work as a first-year summer student will be similar to that of an articled clerk but with monthly rotations. Summer students are immersed in ongoing cases and matters and are involved in a wide range of our lawyers’ activities. Each summer student is assigned to two lawyers for each rotation. These mentors will meet with the student on a regular basis and provide guidance throughout the summer.

Articling Experience

The articling year may begin after second year and consists of rotations in which articled clerks spend approximately three months working in different practice areas including: litigation, corporate/commercial, employment/labour, real estate/wills. Articled clerks are assigned a Principal, who is a partner who works with you to guide your articling experience. During each rotation, you are assigned to two lawyers who will mentor you and oversee your assignments for the rotation. The Articling Committee addresses any issues that may arise. While articled clerks receive regular feedback regarding their performance, formal reviews are conducted at the end of each rotation.

Employment Package

We offer articled clerks and summer students a competitive compensation package. We provide a benefits package, which includes a comprehensive health and dental plan, as well as life insurance to articled clerks who have graduated from Law School and completed a probationary period. Articled clerks receive a moving allowance, and parking. Articled clerks receive payment for the Bar Admission Course fees, Canadian Bar Association fees and salary continuation while attending the Bar Admission Course.

For more information please contact

Kathleen M. O’Neill

St. John's

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William T. Cahill

St. John's

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