Articling Student Program
Our articled students are vital to the work we do. As part of our team, articled students work side-by-side with partners, associates, paralegals and numerous support staff, in order to meet the goals and expectations of our clients.
We believe it is essential to the articling experience that our articled students work with a wide variety of lawyers on an equally wide variety of files. This ensures that our articled students receive the experience, skills, guidance and supervision necessary to be successful lawyers. Because we are a full service law firm, we are able to offer our articled students exposure to a broad range of practice areas, including Banking and Corporate Financing, Corporate, Commercial, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Technology, Privacy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Municipal, Administrative, Construction, Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, Criminal, Environmental, Family, Health, Insurance, Labour and Employment, Landlord and Tenant, Aboriginal, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Personal Injury.
Each articled student is assigned a principal. The principal is responsible for mentoring their student and guiding him or her throughout the year. The principal will answer questions, review drafts, provide advice and suggestions to make the student’s experience at Fulton & Company LLP challenging, comfortable and rewarding.
Articled students are also encouraged to seek guidance and assistance from the associates and partners in our various practice groups. We have an open-door policy at Fulton & Company and all associates and partners welcome the opportunity to work with articled students.
Summer Student Program
We typically hire at least one 2nd year summer student for each summer. Our summer students work alongside our articled students and are exposed to the same variety of files. Summer students are also assigned a principal and will work with most of our lawyers throughout the summer. Summer students are invited to professional and client development events. The variety of work and mentorship provides an opportunity for our summer students to determine interests in specific types of law, develop skills and receive feedback from multiple sources. Historically, the vast majority of our summer students have received offers for articling positions following the completion of law school.
The Recruiting Process
Fulton & Company LLP attends annual student recruitment conferences at various law schools in Western Canada. We focus on candidates who have a proven record of academic achievement and an extra-curricular or employment background that demonstrates creativity, drive, and passion.
We encourage students who are interested in articling with our firm to submit their applications after the completion of their second year of law school. Students who are interested in a summer position are encouraged to submit their applications upon completion of their first year of law school.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The deadline for submitting applications for an articling position is June 30. Application packages should consist of a cover letter, resume, undergrad transcripts, law school transcripts, and references and/or reference letters. Our Student Committee will conduct interviews during the first week of August. Offers of employment will generally be made by the end of the interview week. Application packages can be emailed to Wendy Freeman, HR Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting applications for a summer student position is the third Friday in September. Application packages should consist of a cover letter, resume, undergrad transcripts, law school transcripts, and references and/or reference letters. Interviews will be conducted the second week of October. Application packages can be emailed to Wendy Freeman, HR Manager, email@example.com.
Fulton & Company LLP does not set billable hour requirements for its students. It is expected that students will work regular business hours augmented by additional hours as and when the work requires it. However, we believe in the benefits of balancing work with personal and family time. Our expectation and our goal is to ensure that each student has a comfortable balance between work and personal time.
Our articling salaries are reviewed each year and are competitive in our local market.
Students are provided with an office, administrative support, digital dictation, dedicated desktop computers and access to laptop computers. Our firm maintains a high level of technology with an established internal program of review and upgrade. We provide all of our students with training in and access to numerous electronic research tools, specialized legal software, our extensive permanent library collection and precedents from the firm’s various practice groups.
At Fulton & Company, we take student recruitment very seriously. We do not hire students simply to fill positions – we hire future partners. We have offered associate positions to approximately 80% to 90% of our articled students.
If you have any further questions about our articling program, please feel free to contact Wendy Freeman, HR Manager at:
Fulton & Company LLP
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300 – 350 Lansdowne Street,
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 1Y1