The Legal Excellence Program - Winnipeg

Articling Opportunities Across Canada

Winnipeg, Joint Articling Program

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Prairie Region, Winnipeg Office, is proud to offer a joint articling program with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC). DOJ and PPSC carry out distinct responsibilities on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada. DOJ supports the Attorney General of Canada as the chief law officer of the Crown, provides legal advice to federal government departments and agencies and represents the Crown in civil litigation and before administrative tribunals. PPSC is the federal government organization responsible for prosecutions on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada.

Winnipeg’s joint program offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to gain experience within two distinct federal organizations practicing in widely varied areas of the law. Winnipeg articling students will divide their time equally between DOJ and PPSC in six month rotations.

Department of Justice, Prairie Region, Winnipeg Office

The Prairie Region consists of four offices, one in each of Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary. The Region is organized into four main legal portfolios:

  1. Public Safety, Defence and Immigration (PSDI) - PSDI counsel represent the Attorney General of Canada in litigation relating to matters of public safety. Client departments including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Department of National Defence, Correctional Service of Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Canada Border Services Agency. Areas of practice include immigration, extradition, constitutional and corrections law.
  2. Business and Regulatory Law (B&R) - B&R counsel conduct a variety of litigation on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada. Client departments include Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada and Transport Canada. Areas of practice include human rights, administrative, environmental, energy, access to information and constitutional law. B&R counsel also provide advisory services, including drafting commercial agreements and dealing with real property and leasing matters.
  3. Tax Law Services (TLS) - TLS counsel represent the Minister of National Revenue in all matters before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Courts of Canada. They deal with disputes concerning the assessments and reassessments of taxes by Canada Revenue Agency under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act (GST) and the Employment Insurance Act. TLS counsel also provide legal services regarding the collection of debts owing to the Crown.
  4. Aboriginal Law Services (ALS) - ALS counsel provide advisory and litigation services on matters relating to Aboriginal law, primarily to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. This includes Aboriginal and treaty rights, Indian Residential School abuse claims and settlement of land entitlement claims.

The Prairie Region’s Winnipeg office, with about 44 lawyers and students, works on high profile matters within all four of the regional portfolios. They enjoy the close-knit atmosphere of a relatively small office, while simultaneously working with DOJ lawyers and client departments located across the country.

Lawyers in the Winnipeg office appear before all levels of Manitoba and Federal Courts. They also appear before administrative tribunals, including the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Students in the Winnipeg office can expect to work on files within all four portfolios during their six-month DOJ rotation. They may be involved in civil litigation, tax trials, negotiations, judicial reviews, motions, examinations for discovery and legal research. Our students are involved in all aspects of our work and are highly valued members of our team.

Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)

The PPSC’s Winnipeg office has approximately 25 lawyers who appear in all levels of court in Manitoba in the conduct of prosecutions, related motions and appeals. They are responsible for:

  • Prosecuting all drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, regardless of which police agency investigated the alleged offences.
  • Prosecuting violations of federal statutes such as the Fisheries Act, the Income Tax Act, the Excise Act, the Customs Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, as well as conspiracies and attempts to violate these statutes.
  • Prosecuting terrorism and certain criminal organization offences under the Criminal Code, as well as money laundering and proceeds of crime charges.
  • Under arrangements with the provinces, the PPSC may also prosecute Criminal Code offences related to drug charges.

Students are involved in all aspects of the day-to-day affairs of the group. Specific tasks include the preparation of disclosure materials and files for prosecution, interviewing witnesses, conduct of summary conviction trials, assistance in the prosecution of indictable offences, assistance in the conduct of docket courts, legal research and the preparation of pleadings.

General Articling Information

Articling students in Winnipeg are governed by the Law Society of Manitoba. Students must successfully complete 52 weeks of full-time articles, as well as the Manitoba CPLED (Bar Admission) Program. Further information on the Manitoba articling process is available at The Law Society of Manitoba website.

The Winnipeg offices of DOJ and PPSC are pleased to offer the Legal Excellence Program (LEP) to our articling students. The LEP is designed to provide students and junior lawyers with experience, skills, training and knowledge essential for the successful practice of law. This is fostered by providing students with a varied articling experience, highlighted by the rotations through DOJ and PPSC.

While no guarantee of employment beyond articles can be made, experience confirms that many former students continue with the office.

Salary and Benefits

For the 2018-2019 year, articling Students in the Winnipeg DOJ and PPSC offices are entitled to:

  • Annual salary of $39,652 (to be confirmed)
  • 15 days vacation per year, pro-rated
  • 15 days paid sick leave per year, pro-rated
  • Medical and dental coverage
  • Pensionable service.

How to Apply

We are observing the Law Society of Manitoba's Manitoba Articling Student Recruitment Guidelines for the 2018-2019 Articling Year:

  • Applications must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central on Friday, May 12, 2017.
  • Candidates will be contacted on Friday, May 26, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Central, to schedule an interview.
  • Interviews will take place between 8:00 a.m. (Central) on Monday, May 29, 2017 and 5:00 p.m. (Central) June 2, 2017.

It is anticipated that two articling positions for the 2018-2019 year will be filled through this process.

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

All applications must include:

  • A cover letter;
  • resume; and
  • copy of law school transcript.

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 and proof of citizenship to your interview.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet all of the essential qualifications and conditions of employment set out in the attached Statement of Merit Criteria (http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/abt-apd/recru/lep-pea/smcpro-ecmbrp.html).

The Department of Justice is committed to employment equity and to providing employment opportunities to law students who are an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, a member of a visible minority group and/or a woman. Students who wish to have their employment equity status considered at the time of articling interviews should self-identify in their articling position applications.

Contact Information

Dinh Bo-Maguire,
A/Deputy Regional Director and Senior Counsel
Chair, Winnipeg Articling Committee
Telephone: 204-984-7652
Facsimile: 204-984-5910
E-mail Address: dinh.bo-maguire@justice.gc.ca
Centennial House
310 Broadway Avenue, Suite 301
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 0S6

Andrew Robert,
Counsel
Chair, Winnipeg Articling Committee
Telephone:  204-984-5132
Facsimile:  204-984-5967
E-mail Address: andrew.robert@justice.gc.ca
Centennial House
301 Broadway Avenue, Suite 301
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 0S6

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