Experience Your Future: The BD&P Summer & Articling Programs

BD&P has a long tradition of working with the country's most promising law students. We understand the desire concerning your professional future and that your choice of firm for the important first stepping stone in the summer student or articling student program is not an easy one. At BD&P, we are committed to providing our students with the maximum amount of support while at the same time, encouraging independence and creativity. Over the years, BD&P's unique professional environment has greatly facilitated the professional growth of many lawyers and students, enabling them to enjoy the practice of law, while respecting and encouraging personal time and community involvement. We believe it can be difficult to acquire a comprehensive feel for BD&P without speaking directly to our lawyers and students and we encourage you to do so. Or come meet with us and gain a first-hand sense of BD&P's lawyers and working environment. Detailed information about our student programs can be found in our Student Brochure.

Questions?  Please contact: 

Alison Bennett, Director of Recruitment & Development, [email protected] or call 403-260-0323

1L Summer Student Positions - 2017

Seeking First Year Summer Students – 2017

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer is looking for first year law students to join us as summer students from May-August 2017. Our student programs are designed to give you real-life, hands-on experience working with our lawyers and clients on the same files our articling students and junior associates work on. Spending a summer with us will give you the chance to explore virtually every business, industry and government sector and can help you determine what direction you want to take in your upper years of law school and your career.

Our summer students work alongside our associates and partners in a collaborative and supportive environment. The work you will do is substantive; our students do not spend their summers doing deliveries or making photocopies. Our focus is on teaching you to use the knowledge you have gained from law school in a practical setting. Our students are often surprised at how much they learn during a summer with us, and use this knowledge during the remainder of their law program.

About Us

BD&P is renowned for its collegial environment. We value team-players who are bright, motivated, friendly, and intellectually curious. We have very high hire-back rates and do not hire 'cookie-cutter' individuals. When we hire a student, it is with the hope that he or she will come back to article with us and ultimately become an associate and partner.

BD&P is a full-service, Calgary-based firm with over 100 years of history. Many of our 140 lawyers are nationally- and internationally-recognized industry leaders. We have a high proportion of female associates and partners. Our summer students have full access to our private gym, enjoy free lunches prepared by our chef, and are given transit passes for the summer. We foster collegiality amongst our students and as a result, our students build enduring friendships during their summers with us.

How to Apply

If you are interested in a summer student position with us, please apply by email to Alison Bennett at [email protected] or through the viRecruit portal. The application deadline is January 26, 2017.

Please feel free to contact any of our articling students if you would like to speak with them about their experiences at the firm. We look forward to hearing from you!

Interviews will be held at our offices in Calgary from February 21-24, 2017.

Welcome to BD&P's 2016-2017 Articling Students

James Delaney, University of British Columbia

Payton Holliss, Dalhousie University

Julia Lisztwan, Yale Law School

Jesse Martin, University of Calgary

Emily McDermott, University of Calgary

Lauren Mills Taylor, Dalhousie University

Brittany Scott, Queen's University

Fraser Wayne, University of Calgary and University of Houston

BD&P's 2015-2016 Articling Students 

(Names have been removed from this list as each student has been admitted to the Bar)

Mark MacAulay, Dalhousie University


Non-Law Student Applications

Please note that our summer and articling program is intended for students currently enrolled in law school. If you are not (or not yet) in law school but are interested in an administrative position, please see the current job openings section on our Careers page or contact our Human Resources Manager at [email protected]

About Us

Visit your future office

Summer and articling students get the best of both worlds here: a firm with a century of heritage and more than 140 forward-thinking lawyers to assist with your learning. Above and beyond academic ability, we're looking for a fit with our culture. There is little focus on hierarchy; at BD&P, success is about the team.