NS - Articling and Summer Program

Cox & Palmer is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education plan for Articled Clerks, which meets and exceeds the standards set forth by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. We also offer summer employment to first-year students, second-year students, as well as students who will be articling with us upon graduation. Our summer students and articled clerks become familiar with the practice of law by working with experienced senior lawyers. You are provided the opportunity to meet with clients, address client needs and manage complex legal issues. Your experience with Cox & Palmer will be rewarding, collegial and dynamic, and allow you to develop the skills to become a competent, successful and satisfied lawyer.


For further information about joining Cox & Palmer's Halifax office as a summer student or as an articled clerk, please contact:  Marc Beaubien, at (902) 491-4108.

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2014-2015 Articled Clerks

Application and Interview Process

Initial interviews will be conducted at the University of New Brunswick Law School and at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in January.  Students at those law schools should contact their Career Development Office to learn about the application process and applicable deadlines.

We welcome applications from other law schools with initial interviews being offered in December or January in our Halifax office as applications are received.

Second-round interviews will be conducted at our Halifax office. 

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter 
  • Résumé
  • Pre-law transcript (official copy)
  • Law school marks (unofficial copy accepted – request official copy when available, if necessary)

Applications should be directed to:

Director of Professional Resources & Development
Cox & Palmer
PO Box 2380
Halifax, NS B3J 3E5

Cox & Palmer is committed to employment equity. To learn more, visit employment equity self-identification.

Summer Student Experience

Your work as a first or second-year summer student will be similar to that of an articled clerk, but with no formal rotations. From the outset, summer students are immersed in ongoing cases and matters and are involved in a wide range of our lawyers’ activities.

Each summer student is assigned a Mentor (an associate). These individuals will meet regularly with the student and provide guidance throughout the summer.

Articling Experience

The articling year currently consists of two rotations in which articled clerks spend six months working in our litigation practice group and a total of six months in the corporate/commercial and employment & labour practice groups. Articled clerks will also learn the Nova Scotia Land Registration System by working with our team of real property lawyers, title searchers and paralegals. Articled clerks with Cox & Palmer are assigned a Principal, a partner who works exclusively with the clerk to guide the articling experience, as well as an Associate Mentor. In addition, the Partner responsible for articled clerks holds periodic “round table” discussions to address any issues that may arise. While articled clerks receive regular feedback regarding their performance, formal reviews are conducted at the end of the first six-month rotation and again at the end of the year.

Along with the offer to article comes the invitation to work as a summer student after second year of law school. The summer student position is optional and students are not obligated to accept it. However, many students find the summer student program to be a helpful introduction to the articling process. 

Professional Development

The Partner responsible for articled clerks, together with our Director of Professional Resources & Development, offer a comprehensive orientation and education program for articled clerks. Our focus is on the development of core competencies through education, experience, mentoring, coaching and observation. To ensure that summer students and articled clerks utilize and benefit from Cox & Palmer’s extensive range of paper and electronic resources, our Librarian provides ongoing education and legal research seminars to ensure that you learn all the “tips and tricks” required to identify issues, research effectively, and produce thoughtful, well-written work. Summer students and articled clerks at Cox & Palmer will find their research and analytical abilities enhanced as a result of the sessions.

Employment Package

We offer articled clerks and summer students a competitive salary. Articled clerks receive a benefits package, which includes a comprehensive health and dental plan, as well as life and disability insurance. Additional benefits include a study break prior to bar exams, payment of the Bar Admission Course fees, salary continuation while attending the Bar Admission Course, two weeks’ vacation during the articling year and a fitness club membership allowance. Articled clerks receive a car parking pass or reimbursement for public transit.

Employment Equity Self Identification - Halifax Office

Cox & Palmer is committed to employment equity. The firm's Employment Equity Policy is intended to help us to achieve and maintain a more representative workforce and to eliminate barriers to employment and success in employment of women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups and people with disabilities.

Should you wish to identify yourself as a member of one of those designated groups, any information you provide will be confidential and will be used only for employment equity purposes by the firm.

For more information on Employment Equity Self Identification, please contact:
Marc Beaubien, Partner, Cox & Palmer at (902) 491-4108.