SUMMER & ARTICLING PROGRAMS

Calgary Programs

Summer Program 

Our Calgary office offers the resources of a national firm with the collegiality of a smaller office. With 140 firm members, our size makes it possible for you to get to know all of our lawyers and staff. Our legal professionals involve students in every aspect of their practices. As one of Canada’s most important financial and business centres, Calgary also provides you with the opportunity to work with leading business law experts and organizations, while enjoying a quality of life few North American cities can match. 

The Osler Calgary summer student program is designed to allow you to explore our leading practice groups in a supportive and collegial environment while providing top-tier training and professional development opportunities throughout their term. 

We are committed to growing our Calgary office through our Summer and Articling programs. You will work with some of Canada’s most respected lawyers across a variety of practice areas. You will be involved in all stages of our client work and are able to make a real contribution to our team. Our Summer and Articling programs are designed to challenge you in a supportive environment where you can thrive. We strive to provide an open, supportive, and professional learning environment where you can grow into exceptional lawyers. 

With a focus on practical training, professional development and student feedback, our summer program is designed for students to pursue their areas of special interest, while gaining broad experience across our key practice areas: business law, energy, commercial litigation, financial services, regulatory, insolvency and restructuring, tax and commercial real estate. You will gain practical insights into current and emerging business law issues. Partnered with a lawyer who acts as a personal mentor, you are also exposed to the ins and outs of a lawyer’s daily practice. 


Articling Program

The Osler Calgary articling program is designed to allow you to explore our leading practice groups in a supportive and collegial environment while providing top-tier training and professional development opportunities necessary to become a junior lawyer. As an articling student, you can continue to explore our key practice areas with the flexibility of pursuing an area of particular interest in more depth.  Our professional development sessions cover a wide range of topics, including Legal Writing, Drafting Pleadings and Briefs, Contract Fundamentals and Business Development.  

Throughout the articling term, each student is encouraged to explore our practice areas by working with different lawyers. At the mid-point of the articling term, you will move office locations to network internally with more colleagues, learn about different practice areas, and forge strong working relationships. 


Training and Mentorship 

The Calgary office provides an industry-leading professional development program. Featuring extensive in-house seminars and industry experts, our students and lawyers are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in all areas in which we practice from day one. 

Starting the first day, you will participate in a two-week comprehensive orientation program. The orientation gives you a strong foundation to start right at the firm. The formal training program includes practice management, substantive law, legal skills, and business development sessions. Throughout the summer and articling term, you can participate in various training programs such as: Effective Legal Writing, The Business of Law, Emotional Intelligence & Resilience, Professional Presence and an introduction into each of our practice groups. 

Our in-house education programming and dedicated knowledge management professionals are committed to providing our students and lawyers the practice skills and resources needed to tackle business-critical legal issues. 

The students’ Advisors and the Director of Talent Management provide individualized guidance to keep your workload varied, interesting and manageable for your time here. You will learn from lawyers with different expertise, work styles, professional backgrounds and gain an understanding of how the different practice areas work together. Real-time feedback is provided to students throughout the summer term from the lawyers they are working with. You will also receive a formal performance review at the end of your summer.


Social Networking 

Our students and lawyers engage in a variety of team-building events together during the summer and articling term. Throughout the summer, you might enjoy a sporting event with your associate “buddies”, weekly softball, a night of Kart racing or Launchpad golf! These events are a great way to get out of the office, have fun with colleagues and forge strong friendships that will last a lifetime. 


How to apply 

2024 Summer Program 

First year law students (1L)

We will be accepting applications from candidates who are currently enrolled in their first year of law school or first year of a four-year joint degree program.

Eligible candidates should submit an application that includes their resume, cover letter, copies of all official post-secondary transcripts (including law school) and a list of proposed upper year courses through the online portal. Please address your cover letter to Alison Bennett, Director, Talent Management.

The recruitment of first year summer students is governed by the guidelines established by the Law Society of Alberta.

The key dates for the 2024 1L Summer Student Recruitment Drive are as follows:

  • Application Deadline: The application deadline for 2024 1L Summer Student position is Monday, January 29th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MST
  • Intent to Call (“ITC”): An ITC email will be sent to those students who will be advancing in the recruitment process to advise that we will be reaching out on the LSA prescribed “Call Day” (see below) to make arrangements for second round interviews.
  • Call Day: In accordance with the LSA recruitment guidelines, Call Day will be taking place at 5:00 p.m. MST on February 5th, 2024.
  • Interview Week: Interviews will be taking place from February 20 – February 23th, 2024. Candidates meeting with Osler during Interview Week should reserve 30 minutes for their first interview.  Subsequent interviews will be roughly 60 minutes in length. 
  • Offers: In accordance with the LSA recruitment guidelines, offers of employment may not be communicated before 5:00 p.m. MST on February 23rd, 2024. Offers are open for 24 hours.

Second year law students (2L)

We will be accepting applications from candidates who are currently enrolled in their second year of law school or second year of a four-year joint degree program.

Eligible candidates should submit an application that includes their resume, cover letter, copies of all official post-secondary transcripts (including law school) and a list of proposed upper year courses through the online portal. Please address your cover letter to Alison Bennett, Director, Talent Management.

The recruitment of first year summer students is governed by the guidelines established by the Law Society of Alberta.

The key dates for the 2025 2L Summer Student Recruitment Drive are as follows:

  • Application Deadline: The application deadline for 2024 2L Summer Student position is dependent on your law school.
  • Interview Week: On Campus Interviews will occur in September 2024. In-firm interviews will be taking place from October 7 – 11, 2024. 
  • Offers: In accordance with the LSA recruitment guidelines, offers of employment may not be communicated before 2:00 p.m. MST on October 11, 2024. Offers are open for 5 hours.

2023/2024 Articling Program

As we have a full complement of articling students for 2024/2025, we are not accepting applications for articling positions.


Key Contact

Alison Bennett

Director, Talent Management