The purpose of the program is to:
- allow law firms and the legal profession to gain greater insight into Indigenous culture and issues;
- provide an opportunity for indigenous law students early in their legal career to obtain work experience in a law firm or organization; and
- foster opportunities for ongoing relationships to develop between the Indigenous students and practicing lawyers.
Pursuant to the guidelines listed below, Indigenous law students who wish to participate in the project are invited to apply.
To be considered for program, you must:
- Be a law student of First Nations, Inuit or Metis descent.
- Where applicable, have completed first (1L) or second year (2L) of law school,.
- Submit your application directly to the employers you are interested in, including:
- Your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcripts of marks obtained during undergraduate studies and law school to date
Program Registration Information
To comply with privacy laws, students who qualify for this program must provide their consent to the Law Society of Alberta to forward your status as a registered program participant to your chosen firms/companies by contacting the Program Coordinator at the Law Society. In addition to this consent you must also advise us which employers or firms you will be submitting applications to so that we can notify them to expect your application package.
We ask all qualifying students to confirm application deadlines for your school with your campus or career advisors before applying.
As some firms have pre-scheduled On Campus Interview dates booked in conjunction with their student recruitment programs, it is important to submit your information in a timely manner for consideration. If you are unable to confirm application deadlines through your career services advisors, please contact the Program Coordinator for additional assistance.
Additional Information Regarding the Application Process
The Law Society of Alberta will not have a role in the interview or hiring process or the employment relationship but will be available to provide follow up support to any successful student applicant who is offered a position through the Indigenous Initiatives Liaison.
The participating employers will contact students who submit applications to them directly if they wish to arrange an interview. These employers have committed to providing interviews to prospective program applicants. If a student expresses an interest in applying to a participating employer, it is important that the student commit to submission of their application package in a timely manner or prior to any specified deadline for review.
Not all students who apply to participating employers will be granted an interview, and students who do not receive interviews will be contacted by the Law Society for follow up.
Participating employers may make offers to such students as they wish. No participating employer is required to make an offer, and no student is required to accept an offer of employment. Summer employment will only take place between a participating employer and a student who come to mutually acceptable terms.
The 2019 Indigenous Summer Student Program registration/application period has concluded. Details for the 2020 program will be released later in 2019.