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

2018 Summer Student Positions

Seeking Second Year Summer Students – 2018

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer is looking for second year law students to join us as summer students from May-August 2018. 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 more than 100 years of history behind us. Many of our 130 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 through the viRecruit portal or by email to Alison Bennett at [email protected] The application deadline will vary from school to school in conjunction with OCIs; generally, we accept applications up to a week before attending an OCI. Please confirm with your CDO what the application deadline is for your school.

Please feel free to contact any of our summer or 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 OCIs at law schools across the country as well as in our offices in Calgary throughout September and October 2018.

BD&P's 2017-2018 Articling Students

Roger Baker, University of Calgary

Ashton Butler, University of Saskatchewan

Michael Deyholos, University of Calgary

Brendan Downey, University of Alberta

Deirdre Fleming, University of Alberta

Shawn Frank, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jeff Holloway, University of Calgary

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.