Judicial Clerkships

UCalgary Law students have secured judicial clerkships with all levels of courts from those at the provincial level, federally and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Through a judicial clerkship you will gain an inside view of the judicial system, work directly with judges and further develop your research, legal writing and ability to analyze legal problems. A judicial clerkship is prized by many in the legal community and will add lasting value to your professional profile.

When should you apply?

You will generally apply towards the end of the fall semester or early in the first semester of your winter term of your second year of law school (a small number will be due earlier in the Fall term, possibly as early as October).

Are you serious about applying?

If so, take note of these tips:

  • Select a Fall course with a paper. You’ll need to submit a polished upper-year paper, with sound legal analysis, with your application.
  • Attend the Candid Conversations on Clerking Session offered by the CPDO each fall.
  • Speak to others who have previously clerked.
  • Focus on your studies – solid grades will be needed to apply.

Keep checking regularly on Elevate under Law Resources for updates from the various Courts and additional handouts. 

Opportunities with the Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada


Supreme Court of Canada

Deadline: January 13, 2023

Supreme Court of Canada Law Clerk Program - Website

SCC Checklist & Internal Dates for UCalgary Law Students

2024 - 2025 Check List Part 1

2024- 2025 Check List Part 2 - TBA

Supreme Court of Canada Checklist for Alumni Applicants

2023-2024 Checklist for Alumni

Perspective on Supreme Court Clerkship

By Jocelyn Stacey

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Webinar for Law Students Interested in SCC Clerkships

Watch the webinar

Perspective on Supreme Court Clerkship

By Brett Anderson

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Opportunities with the Federal Courts

Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada & Tax Court of Canada


Federal Court & Federal Court of Appeal & Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada Law Clerk Program

Websites:

Federal Court Law Clerk Program

Federal Court of Appeal Law Clerk Program

Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

A Message on Clerkship Opportunities

By Professor Jassmine Girgis

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Federal Court & Federal Court of Appeal and Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

2024 - 2025 Clerkship Program &  Application Information

Applications Deadline: January 17, 2023

2024 - 2025 Federal Court Slide Presentation

Tax Court of Canada

2024-2025 Clerkship Program & Application Information

Application Deadline: January 6, 2023 11:59 ET

 

Website


Opportunities in Alberta

Alberta


Court of Appeal of Alberta

2024-2025 Clerkship Program & Application Information

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022 at noon

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Provincial Court of Alberta

2024-2025 Clerkship Program & Application Information

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022 at noon

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King's Bench of Alberta

2024 - 2025 Program & Information 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022 at noon

Program Overview

Law Grad gets Variety of Experience in Clerkship Opportunity

Read Alastair's story


Opportunities in British Columbia

British Columbia


British Columbia Court of Appeal & Supreme Court

British Columbia Court of Appeal & Supreme Court Website

Applications deadline for Articling 2024-2025 is, January 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time

Referee Guidelines

Application Process for Clerkship Positions in the 2024-2025 term

Read the guidelines


Opportunities in Atlantic Canada & the Maritimes

Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

Details not yet available

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New Brunswick

Court of Appeal of New Brunswick

Clerkship - Court of Appeal of New Brunswick

Application deadline: January 31, 2023


New Brunswick Court of Appeal

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Opportunities in Northern Canada

Nunavut


Nunavut Courts

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Yukon


Yukon Courts

Application deadline: March 31, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. Yukon Standard Time

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Opportunities in Ontario

Ontario


Court of Appeal of Ontario / Cour d’appel de l’Ontario

Posting will be active on ViPortal beginning December 15, 2022

2022-2023 Clerkship Program & Application Information

2022-2023  Clerkship Program & Application Information - French 

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

More information

Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

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Opportunities in Quebec

Quebec

For students with a civil law degree and excellent written and spoken knowledge of both English and French.


Cour D'appel Du Québec

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Opportunities in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan


Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan

Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2022

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Court of King's Bench of Saskatchewan

Details not yet available

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Saskatchewan Provincial Court

Details not yet available

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