PEI – 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 Prince Edward Island will conduct interviews the University of New Brunswick Law School and at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in January of each year. 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 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

Cox & Palmer employs first and second-year students with a summer program that is similar to that of an articled clerk, including regular rotations. From the outset, summer students are immersed in on-going cases and matters and are involved in a wide range of our lawyers’ activities.

Articling Experience

Articled clerks with Cox & Palmer are assigned a Principal; a partner in the firm. The Principal acts as the clerk’s mentor and works exclusively with the articled clerk during the period of articles and ensures compliance with the Practice Checklist provided by the Law Society of PEI. We take a hands-on approach by involving our clerks in all facets of a client’s file. Our Article Program is done on a rotation basis and in each rotation, the clerk receives feedback from the lawyers working in the assigned rotation.

Each summer student is assigned a mentor who meets with the student on a regular basis and provides guidance throughout the summer.

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 payment of the Bar Admission Course fees, Canadian Bar Association fees, salary continuation while attending the Bar Admission Course, payment for continuing legal education seminars, vacation pay or vacation, and a fitness allowance.

For more information please contact

Steven A. Forbes


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