NS – 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

Initial interviews will be conducted 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.

We welcome applications from other law schools with initial interviews being offered in December or January in our Halifax office.

Second-round interviews will be conducted at our Halifax office.

Applications should include:

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

Applications should be directed to:

Tara Randell
Director of Professional Talent
Cox & Palmer
PO Box 2380
Halifax, NS B3J 3E5
nslegalcareers@coxandpalmer.com

Summer Student Experience

From the outset, summer students are immersed in ongoing cases and matters and are involved in a wide range of our lawyers’ activities. Your work as a first or second-year summer student will be similar to that of an articled clerk, but with no formal rotations.

Each summer student is assigned an Associate Mentor. These individuals will meet regularly with the student and provide guidance throughout the summer.

Articling Experience

The articling year currently consists of two rotations in which articled clerks spend six months working in our litigation practice group and a total of six months in the corporate/commercial and employment & labour practice groups. Articled clerks will also learn the Nova Scotia Land Registration System by working with our team of real property lawyers, title searchers and paralegals. Articled clerks with Cox & Palmer are assigned a Principal, a partner who works exclusively with the clerk to guide the articling experience, as well as an Associate Mentor. In addition, the Partner responsible for articled clerks holds periodic “round table” discussions to address any issues that may arise. While articled clerks receive regular feedback regarding their performance, formal reviews are conducted at the end of the first six-month rotation and again at the end of the year.

Along with the offer to article comes the invitation to work as a summer student after second year of law school. The summer student position is optional and students are not obligated to accept it. However, many students find the summer student program to be a helpful introduction to the articling process.

Employment Package

We offer articled clerks and summer students a competitive salary. Articled clerks receive a benefits package, which includes a comprehensive health and dental plan, as well as life and disability insurance. Additional benefits include a study break prior to bar exams, payment of the Bar Admission Course fees, salary continuation while attending the Bar Admission Course, two weeks’ vacation during the articling year and a fitness club membership allowance. Articled clerks receive a car parking pass or reimbursement for public transit.

For more information please contact

Andrew Sowerby

Partner
Halifax

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