Articling Program

Articling Committee:

Garnet E. Brooks

I. Andrew Rankin

Leon S. Tovey

Meaghan A. Strum

Burchells LLP is accepting applications to fill articled clerk positions for the 2021-22 articling year.

2021-2022 Articled Clerk
Job Location:          Halifax
Job Description:      Burchells LLP is hiring for two articled clerk positions for the 2021-22 articling year (with optional 2020 summer position).

Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2020. Your application package should include:
• cover letter;
• resume;
• current unofficial law school and undergraduate transcripts; and
• references.

If you are applying through your law school's placement office for on-campus interviews (if applicable), the school may accept your application and forward it to us. We also accept electronic or paper documents submitted directly, care of the "Chair of the Articling Committee," or by email:

Burchells LLP is a downtown Halifax, full service law firm, with more than two dozen lawyers and over 50 people. This makes us a relatively large Halifax law firm, and we take great pride in more than 100 years of providing top quality legal services and client satisfaction.  The result has been a long list of loyal clients and dedicated professionals.

Working at Burchells LLP is characterized by a fast-paced and collegial environment.  We work together to help one another grow as professionals, focused on growing and excelling in a private practice environment.  Burchells LLP is known for its great workplace culture; we work hard, we enjoy our work, and we respect and enjoy our colleagues at the firm. We also enjoy and are proud of our increasingly diverse workplace.

In terms of practice areas, Burchells LLP has active practices in corporate & commercial transactions, civil litigation, insurance defence litigation, family law, and labour & employment. Uniquely, we also have the largest and one of the longest standing aboriginal law practices in Atlantic Canada.  Our aboriginal practice group represents clients in all areas of aboriginal law, including First Nation governance, litigation, land claims, First Nations Economic Development, and aboriginal entrepreneurship.

Aside from working hard in the office, our lawyers also get involved in the city and the profession, offering their time on charities, in the arts, and with the activities of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Burchells LLP is, and works to continue being, part of the fabric of our community.

We typically hire two articled clerks per year. Hiring generally takes place midway through a student's second year of law school (either during the on-campus interview process, or by direct application to the firm).  We encourage those selected as future clerks to join us for part of the summer before starting their third year of law school.  Summer student positions are available only to those selected to article with us.

As an Articled clerk at Burchells LLP, you will experience an in-depth and well-rounded exposure to all firm practice areas.  We maintain a flexible program, tailoring the experience to the interests of both clerks and lawyers, in order to avoid the missed opportunities sometimes inherent in a rigid rotation model. Clerks are paired with a mentoring lawyer to ensure the articling year offers access to all aspects of the practice of law. Mentors also are advocates for our clerks, ensuring they get rewarding work and assisting with workload management.

We augment our articled clerks' training with in-house seminars designed to highlight specific legal issues or developing trends. We strive to expose not only our articled clerks but all of our lawyers to ongoing professional development and sharing of expertise within the office.

With experience comes greater autonomy. As the articling year develops we encourage our lawyers to find opportunities for clerks to work directly with clients, and experience has shown that this is often the case indeed.

Burchells LLP respects the significant burden faced by articled clerks preparing for and sitting the bar exam.  We facilitate time away from the office in advance of the exam and do what we can to ease the stress accompanying this aspect of bar admission. Above all, we recognize our articled clerks' success as our success.

If you feel that private practice and Burchells LLP may be the right fit for you, we welcome your application.

Burchells LLP Articling Committee:

• Garnet E. Brooks (Chair)
Andrew Rankin
• Meaghan Strum
• Leon Tovey