The Legal Excellence Program - Montreal

Articling Opportunities Across Canada

Quebec Regional Office (Montreal - Ottawa)

In a nutshell, we are

  • A firm of about 200 lawyers and notaries with approximately 340 employees;
  • A Montreal-based group of legal professionals since 1965, the majority of whom work in Montreal, with also two teams in Ottawa and Quebec;
  • A solid team of counsel involved in an impressive variety of cases concerning extremely diversified areas of interest;
  • The designated representatives from the various federal departments and agencies before the federal and provincial courts;
  • A team of experienced notaries conduct legal proceedings related to commercial and real property transactions involving the federal departments and agencies in the province of Quebec;
  • A collective that focuses on mutual assistance and whose values are integrity, respect, commitment, equity, trust and openness;
  • Legal professionals who have the public interest at heart;
  • Passionate advocates for the law who aim for a fine balance between their professional activities and their private life;
  • A workplace that respects the principle of employment equity and that strongly encourages Aboriginal persons, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities and women to come and join our ranks.

General articling information

Why article with us?

  • To gain an articling experience involving litigation practice that provides an important degree of responsibility along with a unique advocacy experience;
  • To assert your independence and sense of initiative;
  • To be entrusted with a variety of mandates;
  • To evolve in a stimulating and friendly environment;
  • To share in our philosophy, which will allow you to concentrate on your main interest: the law;
  • To have access to the support of lawyers with expertise in many areas of the law at the national level;
  • To have the support of a registered principal and mentors who are present on a daily basis, who are available and support your professional development;
  • To plan a career in the Public Service

Our student employment offers:

Law student positions, when available, will be offered to our future articling students, specifically summer employment during the year before their articling or earlier, when possible.

For more information on other student employment programs within the federal public service, please consult the following site: Federal Student Work Experience Program.

Professional development

  • We attach great importance to professional development as soon as articling students are hired;
  • Summer students and articling students actively participating in law practice group meetings and conferences;
  • Our mentoring program also allows for the opportunity to learn and share across professional and personal lines. The program ensures the transfer of DOJ knowledge and provides employees with career and leadership development opportunities.

Salary and benefits

We offer a competitive salary and numerous benefits upon entry in the public service.

How to apply for an articling position for 2019?

The next recruitment will be for the 2019 Civil Law articling terms and ends February 6, 2017, 11:59 PM-PST.

This posting is open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Applicants must include:

  • Resume
  • Law School transcript
  • Reference letter
How to apply

2019 Civil Law Articling Recruitment Process

You must apply through the Public Service Resourcing System - https://www.canada.ca/government-jobs. (We no longer accept résumés by e-mail, mail or in person.)

Step 1 - You must apply online via the Public Service Resourcing System (https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=985210&toggleLanguage=en) by February 6, 2017, 11:59 PM PST. When completing your application, you will need to "copy-paste" the text from your résumé into the fields provided for this purpose on your application.

Step 2 - You must also send a copy of your most recent OFFICIAL LAW school transcript, and your REFERENCE LETTER by email to LEP-PEA@justice.gc.ca at the latest by February 6, 2017, 11:59 PM PST. Applications that do not contain ALL of the above-mentioned documents will be considered incomplete. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. You will be required to bring an Official Transcript (original) to your interview.

Please note that only those candidates SELECTED for further consideration will be contacted.

Due to the number of applicants and the strict deadlines imposed by the legal governing bodies in Ontario and Quebec, it may be necessary to impose a limit on the maximum number of applicants to be interviewed.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

The Department of Justice is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from students who are members of the following groups: Aboriginal persons, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Our areas of practice

Aboriginal Law Directorate

This directorate is responsible for civil legal proceedings instituted in Quebec and involving questions of aboriginal law. It handles litigation arising under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, aboriginal and title claims, and applications under the Indian Act. It also defends the interests of the federal government before the Specific Claims Tribunal as well as in residential school claims in Quebec.

Regulatory Law Directorate

The Regulatory Law Directorate assumes the conduct of litigation involving twenty federal departments and agencies present in Quebec. Although we are by definition generalists, we specialize in the areas of civil liability, class actions, customs and excise duties, extradition and labor law. From our Montreal and Ottawa offices, we represent the client departments and agencies in superior and federal courts, and other tribunals.

Our legal counsels represent the Crown in many cases that mark our society. We represented the Crown in the secondhand smoke in prisons matter as well as in the litigation that followed the Commission of Inquiry into the sponsorship scandal, and the Reference on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. We currently represent the Crown in several key areas including the class action on tobacco, the Charbonneau Commission, the arms registry, and the most recent issue of the Employment Insurance fund surplus.

Our articling students prepare and plead some motions and assist senior lawyers in the preparation of litigation files. We are looking for people that are motivated and passionate about litigation.

Immigration Directorate

This Directorate, which has about 40 lawyers, represents the government in litigation concerning the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Citizenship Act and regulations, as well as in any other area in which Immigration and Citizenship Canada and Canada Border Services Agency may have an interest. Employees are all located in Montreal.

Counsel at the Directorate deal with a variety of issues such as: exclusion from Canada for crimes against humanity, medical or criminal inadmissibility, national security, habeas corpus, claims for refugee status and applications for stays of removal orders. For example, it was a team from the Immigration Directorate who led proceedings in such high-profile cases as Mugesera, Charkaoui, Jazziri, and Dany Villanueva. Our counsel represent the interests of the Crown before Federal Courts and, on occasion, before the Superior Court.

Articling students at the Immigration Law Directorate can expect to have carriage of their own judicial review files - under the supervision of a mentor - from drafting to pleading before the Court. Articling students will also have the opportunity to assist more experienced counsel in complex files. Extensive training is provided in this fascinating area of the law that is at the forefront of developments in Canadian Administrative Law. Articling students become involved in the Directorate's professional activities upon their arrival.

Tax Litigation Directorate

The Tax Litigation Directorate’s main client is the Canada Revenue Agency. This Directorate is responsible for litigation involving income tax (except GST) and employment insurance matters before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Equally, this Directorate handles tax collection proceedings under the Income Tax Act before the Federal Court and the Superior Court. As such, Directorate counsel provide legal opinions regarding the Income Tax Act, the Quebec Civil Code, the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and other relevant federal and provincial legislation. The practice of its counsel calls for the application of principles of statutory interpretation, of the rules of procedure and evidence, and raises several civil law issues. The Directorate operates both from its Ottawa and Montreal offices.

Articling students will plead and have conduct of their own files in the areas of employment insurance and taxation before the Tax Court of Canada (Informal Procedure), and will assist counsel in drafting procedures, in carrying out legal research and in other matters (motions, out-of-court examinations and trials). Articling students will also have the opportunity to handle or to participate in out-of-court settlement negotiations.

Commercial Law Directorate

The Commercial Law Directorate provides litigation and advisory services to a variety of client departments whose mandates have a commercial component. Both legal professions, approximately forty lawyers and notaries, are represented within the Commercial Law Directorate. The Directorate operates both from the Ottawa and Montreal offices.

Its lawyers handle civil litigation cases before all courts. The jurists work in close collaboration with the clients, in various areas of practice and expertise such as construction law, crown liability, contracts, administrative law, constitutional law and bankruptcy.

Notarial Affairs Directorate

The Notarial Affairs Directorate is responsible for the handling of all files related to commercial and real property transactions involving federal departments, corporations and agencies of the government of Canada. As such, notaries are responsible for files of various nature including acquisitions for additions to Indian reserves, dispositions (ports, airports, seized assets, etc.), servitudes and superficies, leases, securities for debts due to Her Majesty and inter-government transfers. The notaries also provide counsel and legal opinions in many areas of law (aboriginal, commercial, environmental, etc.).

Contact for articling positions in civil law

Liliane Bruneau
Telephone: 514-496-0971
E-mail: stageBRQ@justice.gc.ca

Contact for articling positions in notarial law

Marie-Andrée Soucis
Senior Notary
Telephone: 613-957-4659
Fax: 613-952-6006
Address: 284 Wellington Street,
SAT – Room: 6008
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8
E-mail: marie-andree.soucis@justice.gc.ca

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