Law Clerk Program
Please note that the period to apply for articling positions in 2014-2015 is now closed.
- Law Clerks to the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada
- Place of Work
- Period of Employment
- Salary and Benefits
- Who can Apply
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Requirements / Comments
- How to Apply
Applications are invited for 27 positions of law clerks to the Chief Justice and Puisne Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa.
One (1) year - commencing in August or September 2014.
At present the annual salary is $ 60,942. A fixed amount to assist with relocation from any point in Canada to Ottawa and return is provided.
Law clerks will be engaged as term employees within the Public Service and as such will receive benefits and conditions of employment as term employees.
A law clerk, under the direction of the Judge for whom the clerk works, shall research points of law, prepare memoranda of law and generally assist the Judge in the work of the Court.
Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from a recognized Canadian university or its equivalent;
Notes: Not all law societies recognize service as a law clerk as fulfilling all or part of their articling requirements. Candidates are responsible for checking articling requirements with the law society of the jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission to the practice of law. Law clerks shall devote their full time and attention to the performance of their duties. No time off is permitted to attend any bar admission course or examination which may occur during the period of employment.
Only persons holding Canadian citizenship or having permanent resident status in Canada or a work permit for Canada may apply.
You must indicate in your application the basis on which you are entitled to work in Canada.
Preference is given to Canadian citizens. Applications made by persons who are not Canadian citizens are accepted, however, if there are sufficient qualified applicants who are Canadian citizens, the selection will be confined to those applicants.
Proficiency in one official language is mandatory. Bilingual positions requiring proficiency in both official languages are being staffed. Candidates are requested to indicate their level of proficiency in both official languages in reading, written and oral proficiency.
Candidates will be selected for further assessment based on a combination of criteria including: letters of recommendation, academic background and record, language skills and range of experience – legal and otherwise.
Appointment is conditional on a willingness by the candidate to undergo and successfully pass a security clearance at Level II - Secret. This factor is not used at the pre-selection stage. The Supreme Court of Canada is responsible for having the security clearance carried out.
Appointment is conditional on a willingness by the candidate to sign and abide by a Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Declaration.
In accordance with the Public Service Employment Act, Part 4, section 54, appointment to the public service is conditional upon the swearing an oath or the making of a solemn affirmation by the candidate. The text of the Oath or Affirmation can be found in the legislation.
The Supreme Court of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Court in a timely manner of any accommodation measures that should be taken to ensure you access in a fair end equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be treated confidentially.
All clerkship applications (including transcripts and letters of reference) must be received by January 25, 2013. Candidates must submit:
- A cover letter addressing all requirements stated on this posting;
- A curriculum vitae;
- Official transcripts of marks obtained in all post-secondary studies, including law school and any other post-graduate courses;
- Four (4) letters of reference addressed to: Cara McLean, Chambers of the Chief Justice of Canada. One of these references may be from the present Dean of the faculty where the applicant obtained his or her law degree. The letters may be included with your application or sent separately by the persons who have agreed to forward references.
Please do not staple your documents.
Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete and all materials, including the four letters of reference, have been received at the Court by the January 25, 2013 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All material should be marked “Clerkship Application - 2014-2015” and sent to:
Chambers of the Chief Justice of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada
301 Wellington Street
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted and at that time will be asked to provide two (2) writing samples.
The Judges of the Court will conduct interviews during the week of March 4, 2013. Candidates to be interviewed will be advised by e-mail or telephone and should include in their materials an address, e-mail address and telephone number where they can be reached or a message can be left during the day. All hiring will be completed by April 1, 2013. Unsuccessful interviewees will be advised by April 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Chambers of the Chief Justice of Canada
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