The Legal Excellence Program - Halifax

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Atlantic Regional Office (ARO)

The Atlantic Regional Office (ARO) is headquartered in Halifax, NS. It has a complement of 91 employees, which includes 50 lawyers. .

ARO lawyers have expertise in litigation and advisory services. They are part of a network of federal government lawyers across Canada, ensuring that our clients benefit from the broad, “whole of government” perspective we bring to our legal issues.

ARO lawyers appear before the four provincial, superior, and appellate courts in the Atlantic Provinces – New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia (NS), and Prince Edward Island (PEI), the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. The ARO’s Tax Law Services lawyers also appear in the Tax Court on cases originating in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.

General Articling Information

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (the “Society”) regulates the practice of law in Nova Scotia. Articled Clerks must work in the office of a qualified principal for 12 months, which includes the time you attend the Bar Admission Course.

Articles in the Atlantic Regional Office usually commence on June 1 but requests for a different date may be considered subject to the approval of the Society.

Articles are supervised by the Society’s Executive Director and Credentials Committee in accordance with the requirements of the Society. The Legal Profession Act, Regulations, and the Articling and Admission Guidelines, can be found on the Society’s website.

Articled clerks employed with the ARO will work on some of the most significant and interesting cases and legal issues in the Atlantic Provinces. Articled clerks are based in the Halifax office, but may travel throughout the region in order to fulfill their work requirements.

In addition, the ARO currently has an arrangement with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Atlantic Region) to include a Secondment of the Articled clerk to that department for approximately three (3) months.

An Articled clerk is required to complete a rotation with each of the Civil Litigation and Advisory Section, the Tax Law Services Section, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Within each rotation, work is assigned to the Articled clerk under the supervision of a lawyer who serves as a mentor. When the Articled clerk is working on a file in conjunction with another lawyer, direction and assistance will also be provided by that lawyer.

Professional Development

Articled clerks are required to take the mandatory government orientation training through the Canada School of Public Service.

In addition, Articled Clerks receive an orientation to the office that includes the following:

  • Office overview, including employee entitlements and benefits and general organization of the office;
  • Training in iCase and timekeeping;
  • Orientation to the in-house library;
  • Office policies as set out in the ARO Regional Web site;
  • Discussion on confidentiality;
  • Review of Justice Web site, including the orientation site;
  • Review of hours of work;
  • Explanation of performance evaluation process;
  • Introduction to the Regional Management Committee.

Articled clerks may take courses from the Canada School of Public Service. On-line courses are offered on many topics including, Leadership and Management, Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness, Technology, and the Organizational Environment.

If an in-house training session is offered, the Articled clerk is encouraged to attend.

All courses are subject to approval, operational requirements and the relevance of the course to the Articled clerk’s current rotation.

Articled clerks are also encouraged to take full advantage of the Departments National Mentoring Program.

Salary and Benefits

Current salary for Articled clerks in Halifax is $39,652 per annum.

Articled clerks are hired for a term of 1 year in the Atlantic Regional Office, and as a result they are entitled to:

  • 15 days vacation (or the pro-rated equivalent for the length of the term);
  • 15 days paid sick leave, (or the pro-rated equivalent for the length of the term);
  • Medical and dental coverage;
  • Articling period is counted as Pensionable service.

The ARO covers the cost of enrolment as an articled clerk and the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society’s bar admission course fee In addition, the Articled clerk receives full salary while attending the Bar Admission Course.

How to Apply

The deadline for receipt of applications for 2019-2020 positions is Friday, December 8, 2017. (Deadlines for applications are subject to subsequent direction from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.)

This posting is open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Applicants must include:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume;
  • Law School transcript;
  • The names and contact information of three references.

You will be required to bring an Official Transcript to your interview.

Achieving a representative workforce has been identified as an organizational need in the merit criteria, and may be applied in this appointment process. Consequently, if you are a member of the designated group(s) specified in the merit criteria, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the qualifications set out in the Statement of Merit Criteria to be retained for further consideration.

Applications are to be sent electronically to:

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Practice Areas in the Atlantic Regional Office

Civil Litigation & Advisory
Provides litigation and advisory services to Government of Canada clients served by three Department of Justice portfolios in the Atlantic Region: Public Safety, Defence and Immigration (PSDI); Business and Regulatory (B&R); and Aboriginal Affairs (AAP). The section is also responsible for extradition work and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters on behalf of the Justice Portfolio.
Public Safety, Defence, and Immigration
Provides legal advisory and litigation services to federal organizations whose mandates include citizenship, immigration, multiculturalism, combating war crimes, the promotion of public safety and emergency preparedness, and national defence. The organizations include Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence, the Communications Security Establishment, Public Safety Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. 
Business and Regulatory
Provides legal services and legal advice to client departments and agencies addressing issues such as environmental protection, transportation regulatory matters, fisheries management, and health protection, intellectual property, energy projects, cultural protection, international development, etc. This also includes helping manage legal risk, and conducting and supporting cases in court brought by, or against, the Crown.
Aboriginal Affairs
Provides expert legal advice, litigation and dispute resolution to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), as well as other government departments on a broad range of Aboriginal law issues. 
Tax Law Services (TLS)
Provides legal services to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) including representing the Crown in all tax matters, such as appeals filed in the courts by taxpayers, as well as collection matters, EI insurability appeals, CPP pensionability appeals, civil law suits and class actions. This group also assists the CRA by providing legal advice in respect of corporate issues and all income tax, commodity tax and benefits programs.

Contact Information

Contact Person:

Andrea Bennett
Human Resources Advisor
Telephone: 902-403-4190
E-mail Address:

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