Our articling and summer students become familiar with the practice of law by working closely with experienced senior lawyers. Students receive exposure to our practice areas and certain aspects of practice, including client interviews, as required by the New Brunswick Law Society for students to complete their articles. Students are provided the opportunity to meet with clients, address client needs and manage complex legal issues while developing the skills to become a competent, successful and satisfied lawyer.
Application and Interview Process
Representatives from our New Brunswick offices conduct interviews at Université de Moncton, the University of New Brunswick Law School, and Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in January of each year. Offers for New Brunswick positions are made during this time period.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter
- Pre-law transcript (official copy)
- Law school marks (unofficial copy accepted - request official copy when available, if necessary)
Summer Student Experience
Cox & Palmer sets the number of students it intends to hire for each office prior to conducting interviews but will vary that requirement to accommodate the right people who we believe can excel with our firm. We hire second-year students to work during the summer. Students are assigned to mentors (typically senior associates) to assist them in adapting to a professional firm environment. Cox & Palmer generally will have between two and four students in each of its three New Brunswick offices.
Summer students are immersed in on-going matters and are involved in a wide range of our firm activities. It is important to us that students get excellent exposure to the practice of law and our firm's culture.
Our articling program is based on a system in which the articling year is divided among two primary practice groups: Corporate/Commercial (including Real Estate) and Litigation (including Insurance, Family, Commercial and General). Articles are completed under the supervision of a Principal as well as the partners who chair the Associate, Articling and Summer Student Committee. In addition, mentors are assigned to articling clerks to provide advice and assistance on an on-going basis throughout the program. Input and feedback from the student is encouraged during this process. Cox & Palmer values the collegial environment that enables us to better serve our clients and we emphasize the importance of this environment to our students.
We offer superior instruction to our students by accomplished lawyers who are recognized for their skills, expertise and professional and ethical standards. Several of our lawyers are long-time instructors for various components of the Bar Admission Course including civil litigation, insurance, family law, administrative law, corporate/commercial law, bankruptcy, and insolvency and professional responsibility.
In addition to offering a competitive salary, we provide our students with a comprehensive health insurance plan, payment of wages and required course materials during the Bar Admission course, Bar Admission course fees, continuing legal education seminar fees, and Provincial Law Society/CBA membership fees.
Students who are hired for articling also receive competitive forgivable loans to assist them with the third year of law school. A study break is provided prior to the statute exam.
For further information about Cox & Palmer or our summer or articling positions in New Brunswick, please contact Michael A. Gillis, Chair of the New Brunswick Articling Committee.