Articling

Curtis, Dawe hires up to two students annually who begin articling after their second year and return to complete their articles with us following graduation. Students comply with The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador's requirements that they serve 12 months of articling and cover a variety of practice areas during that time. In this province, students may serve up to three months of their articles following completion of second year law school. Attendance of the Bar Admission course is included in the twelve month period.

While we do not follow a formal rotation system for articling students, all of our partners and associates make an effort to ensure that students are exposed to the major practice areas and assignments are determined as need arises. As well, our students are encouraged to explore their own areas of interest by actively seeking assignments from lawyers who work in those fields.

Around the mid-point of each summer, students meet with Amy Crosbie, the partner in charge of the firms articling program. This helps us ensure that students are getting an opportunity to work in all of the required areas. As well, it gives them a chance to voice any concerns they have about their articling experiences. Students will also be asked to submit periodic summaries of the types of assignments they have been working on.

At Curtis, Dawe, we have always been committed to continuing legal education for both our lawyers and our students. Students are encouraged to attend seminars and workshops sponsored by the Law Society or Canadian Bar Association. We also have our own internal continuing legal education series, based on selected topics prepared by Aubrey Bonnell Q.C. In addition, we provide our students with training sessions conducted by a professional title searcher instructor.

We're big believers in balancing a busy professional life with an active social calender. We hold an annual Christmas party and summer barbecue, and we have participated in the inter-firm softball tournament that takes place each summer. We're always well represented at Law Society and Canadian Bar Association functions. As well, informal social gatherings for firm members take place throughout the year including, weather permitting, a sailing excursion.

Salaries for students and associates at Curtis, Dawe are competitive with law firms of comparable size in Newfoundland and Labrador. We pay for the bar admission course fees and materials, and students' salaries during the Bar Admission Course.

If you are interested in applying for an articling position, please send your application to Amy M. Crosbie. Your application should include: a covering letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and transcripts.

If you would like to speak to one of our students about their articling experience with us, please feel free to telephone our office and ask to speak to one of our current students. They'll be happy to discuss their experience with you.

For more information about our articling program, please contact Amy Crosbie at our office.