Articling Student

  • Government of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 17, 2020
Full time Articling Student Summer Student

Job Description

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    • Selection Process No.
    • 2021-2020-118
    • Closing Date
    • 2020-12-07 23:59
    • Position(s)
    • Articling Student
    • Salary
    • ADG-H: $47,443 - $60,030
    • Service Area
    • Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
    • Function
    • Legal Services
    • Classification(s)
    • ADG-H
    • Area of Selection
    • Open


  • Language Profile
  • Bilingual Imperative (English / French)

    • Reading comprehension: Intermediate level (B)
    • Written expression: Intermediate level (B)
    • Oral interaction: Intermediate level (B)
  • Your Challenge
  • If you dream of joining an organization that is small enough to be noticed and big enough to provide a meaningful career, we want to hear about you!

    The Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel has one Articling Student position available for a one-year term beginning in early September 2021.

    About Us:
    The Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (House of Commons) is headed by the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and the Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, and is divided into two main sections: Legal Services and Legislation Services. Legal Services provide legal advice to the Board of Internal Economy, the Speaker of the House, Members of Parliament and the House of Commons Administration. Legislative Services are primarily responsible for assisting Members of Parliament in the drafting of private members’ bills and amendments to Government and private members’ bills.

    Primary Practice Areas:
    Legal Services: constitutional law; parliamentary law (in Canada and abroad); rights and obligations of Members of Parliament; common law and civil law; the law of contracts; employment law (including mediation); administrative law; statutory interpretation; information technology (cyberspace law) and intellectual property; occupational health and safety; human rights law. In addition, Legal Services participates in numerous in-House working groups involved in the review or development of House of Commons Administration policies and guidelines in such areas as prevention of harassment in the workplace and occupational health and safety.

    Legislation Services: Legislative Counsel assist Members who are not part of Cabinet in the preparation of private members’ bills in any area of federal jurisdiction. A bill may amend existing legislation or propose new legislation. Legislative Counsel also prepare in a Member’s name amendments to Government bills and private members’ bills that are at committee stage or report stage.

    Top reasons to join our organization:
    - Work at the Heart of democracy
    - National Capital Region’s Top Employers
    - Canada’s Top 100 Employers
    - Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
    - Work-life balance / Flexible schedules / 35-hour work week
    - Resources to promote well-being
    - Learning, professional development and advancement opportunities

  • Prerequisites
  • Education
    • University degree in Law from a recognized university.
    • Extensive experience in researching and analyzing;
    • Good knowledge of constitutional law and the parliamentary system, employment law, tort law, the law of contracts and intellectual property law;
    • Above-average writing skills.
    • Completed a bijural (having both degrees in civil/common law) program;
    • Completion of courses in statutory interpretation or legislative drafting;
    • Completed a master's degree;
    • Variety of experience acquired through exchange programs, extracurricular or volunteer work in relevant areas or valid work experience.
  • Competencies
  • Selected candidates will be evaluated against the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel Competency Profile - Administrative support officers.

  • Outcome
  • The purpose of this recruitment and selection process is to staff the position of Articling Student on a determinate basis within the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and to establish a list of potential candidates that can be considered for the Library of Parliament's Articling Student position. Students are advised that the Office does not have a hire-back policy at the end of the internship.
  • Essential Information
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process.
    • Assessments and interviews may be held in-person or virtually and the use of technology may be required. For any questions regarding use of technology, please contact
    • The work placement is part of the training required for membership in the Barreau du Québec, the Law Society of Ontario or the Law Society of Alberta.
    • In order for your candidature to be considered for this position, please attach and save a copy of your résumé, the transcript of your grades, and copies of two reference letters to your application.
    • Candidates must be fluent in both official languages (oral and written); indicate level of proficiency in cover letter or résumé.
    • Selected candidates who do not have valid second language evaluation (SLE) results will be assessed.
    • Please note that the candidates will be advised of their status in the beginning of January 2021.
    • Please note that only applications submitted through our Career Portal will be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, 2020.
    • Please save a copy of the notice of job opportunity as well as all related documents. Once the closing date has passed, these documents will no longer be available.
    • If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Recruitment and Selection at before the closing date and time of the recruitment and selection process. We will respond to enquiries within 24 hours (excluding statutory holidays and weekends).
    • The House of Commons is committed to an inclusive workplace that ensures full and equal access to employment, development and advancement opportunities for current and future employees.
    • Relocation and travel expenses incurred during the recruitment and selection process are the applicant's responsibility.
    • A variety of assessment tools may be used to assess candidates.
    • The masculine form is used in documents for the sole purpose of simplifying them: it is not discriminatory in any way.