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Although the idea of legal locums is relatively new in Canada, their use is well-established in Australia, Britain and the USA, as well as in other professions.
As a law firm or organization, a locum can help you with a variety of tasks, including:
- Overseeing all facets of your practice while you’re away
- Working on particular files or projects
- Providing you with help during peak periods or backlogs, when hiring an associate for a full-time position isn’t warranted or feasible
- Assisting on a big trial or closing
- Conducting research, e-discovery or document review
As someone looking for a locum position, you can benefit from this type of work wherever you are in your career:
- As a new professional, you can gain valuable experience in a variety of fields and work settings.
- As senior counsel with extensive experience, locum placements can function as a stepping-stone to eventual retirement.
- If you are returning from a break in work (maternity leave, sabbatical or in between jobs), a locum placement can get you in the door and develop into a full-time position.
- In all cases, a temporary locum placement offers greater flexibility.
To respond to these needs, the Law Society of Alberta has established Locum Connect to provide a conduit for interested parties to connect with each other.
Locum Connect is a program that connects lawyers with potential employers from across Alberta.
We give law firms and organizations the opportunity to search our listing of locum candidates who may be able to provide support on short notice.
If you would like to submit a locum opportunity or participate as a locum, please view the information below.
How It Works
If you are a law firm or organization you can:
- Browse the listing of locum candidates currently available and request a candidate. You will be provided with further information about the candidates you request including contact details; and/or
- Register a new locum opportunity.
If you are available to work as a locum:
- Register as a locum candidate to be included on the locum listing and/or
- Browse the opportunity listing and inquire about an opportunity.
Please note: The Law Society does not vet candidates or firms or organizations, or participate in any of the subsequent negotiations or terms of engagement.
Requesting information about a candidate or opportunity does not notify the candidate or potential employer of your interest. Our program coordinator will provide you with contact information and you can reach out if you are interested.
Any lawyer who is, or is eligible to be, an active, insured member of the Law Society of Alberta can ask to be added to Locum Connect. Similarly, any member of the Law Society of Alberta can hire a locum through Locum Connect.
That said, it is important to note that the use of Locum Connect does not guarantee a placement. Listings can be withdrawn from Locum Connect at any time upon request.
For questions, comments or concerns, please email Locum Connect or call us at 1.800.661.9003.
- Locum Connect Handbook
- Top 10 Tips For Surviving as a Locum
- Fact Sheet
- Working with Locums
- Busy Isn’t Respectable Anymore