Dentons, Imperial Launch Program for Lawyers from Abroad

Two employers partner to offer a year’s articling position to a internationally-trained lawyer .

By Charlotte SantryLegal Feeds Blog

Dentons is launching an articling program aimed squarely at lawyers who trained abroad.

The firm’s Calgary office is partnering with Imperial Oil Ltd. to offer a year’s articling position to a lawyer who is permitted to work in Canada, but was born elsewhere and graduated from an international law school.

The first six months will be spent at Dentons under the supervision of a senior lawyer. The second six months will be served with Imperial Oil, overseen by a principal in the firm’s legal department.

“Over the past number of years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of foreign lawyers coming to Calgary trying to get accreditation,” says Cori Ghitter, director of recruitment and professional development for the Calgary office.

“The hoops they have to jump through are numerous,” she adds. “This gives us a mechanism to bring in really talented people outside of our usual structures and find some amazing lawyers who . . . will be of tremendous assistance to us as a firm and the legal community as a whole.”

Internationally-trained lawyers must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation before they can practise in Canada. They normally have to sit exams and complete law school courses in order to obtain a certificate of qualification, which allows them to apply for admission to a provincial bar.

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