The Legal Excellence Program - Saskatoon

Articling Opportunities Across Canada

Prairie Region - Saskatoon Office

The Prairie Region is one of six regional bases of operation in the Department of Justice Canada. Our Region has four offices across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In Saskatoon, lawyers represent the Federal Government in a wide variety of matters affecting Federal departments and agencies operating in Saskatchewan. Although most of the work is litigation, counsel also conduct challenging and interesting solicitors’ and advisory work. In Saskatchewan, lawyers belong to the Law Society of Saskatchewan (LSS).  For further information and rules refer to the Law Society website.

General Articling Information

The Saskatoon Office takes its commitment to its articling students seriously by providing an exceptional articling experience focused on legal excellence. Students in Saskatoon rotate through three portfolios during the articling year: Tax Law Services, Aboriginal Law Services, and Business & Regulatory/Public Safety, Defence and Immigration, as well as a three month rotation with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. In addition, our students have traditionally been afforded the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with the Court of Queen’s Bench or the Provincial Court for four weeks and with a private firm for four weeks.

One lawyer is assigned as the student’s Principal throughout their articles. A supervising lawyer is also assigned for each rotation to monitor the student's work in that portfolio and to provide a written evaluation at the end of the rotation.

Professional Development

Articling students attend mandatory training such as the Orientation to the Public Service Course; Orientation to the Prairie Region and an Articling Student Orientation. They also attend classes through the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) consisting of three one-week periods during their articling year. The Department of Justice as a learning organization supports many other opportunities throughout the year provided within and outside the department.

Salary and Benefits

Articling Students with the Department of Justice in Saskatoon are entitled to:

  • Annual salary is $39,652
  • 15 days vacation per year, pro-rated
  • 15 days paid sick leave per year, pro-rated
  • Medical and dental coverage
  • Pensionable service.

How to Apply

The Saskatoon Office intends to hire one student for the 2018 - 2019 articling year. We will be participating with other Saskatchewan law firms in the Articling Student Recruitment according to the guidelines produced by the College of Law.  That process runs in May.

  • Applications to the Saskatoon Office are due May 11, 2017 at 10:00 am CST
  • Best efforts will be made to schedule interviews by May 19, 2017 at 10:00 am CST
  • Interviews will be conducted May 23 to 26, 2017
  • Offers will be extended May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am CST

This posting is open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Please indicate which Regional Office you wish to be considered for.

Applications must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter, setting out in 250 to 500 words why a career with the Department of Justice Canada appeals to you;
  • Résumé;
  • Transcript of your most recent marks (unofficial marks will be accepted, with official marks to follow when received)
  • Two written letters of reference
  • The name and contact information of one additional reference

Applications that do not include all of the above items will be considered incomplete. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

As a condition of employment you will be required to obtain secret security status.

The interview process will consist of a written exercise, followed by an oral evaluation.

All applications should be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • By regular mail/courier to:
    • Department of Justice Canada
      10th Floor, 123 – 2nd Avenue South
      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7E6
      Attention: Arlene Heagy
  • By e-mail to:

The Department of Justice is committed to employment equity and to providing employment opportunities to persons who are of Aboriginal origin, members of a visible minority, persons with disabilities and women. Students who wish to have their employment equity status considered at the time of articling interviews should self-identify in their applications.

Pursuant to subsection 39(1) of the Public Service Employment Act, candidates who are Canadian citizens shall be appointed in preference to candidates who are not Canadian citizens.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the following qualifications: Statement of merit criteria and conditions of employment and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada statement of merit criteria and conditions of employment.

Practice Areas

The lawyers employed in Saskatoon are divided into four areas:

Tax Law Services (TLS)

In the Prairie Region, counsel in the Tax Law Services section represent the Minister of National Revenue in all matters before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Counsel deal with disputes concerning the assessments of taxes by Canada Revenue Agency under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act (GST), the Employment Insurance Act, and the Canada Pension Plan.  Counsel also provide legal services with respect to the collection of debts owing to the Crown and represent the federal Crown's interest in bankruptcy proceedings in the superior court of the provinces, and in judicial review proceedings concerning decisions of the Minister of National Revenue.

Articling students will have the opportunity to assist with pleadings, motions, trial preparation, collection issues and perhaps conduct informal procedure hearings in Tax Court.

Aboriginal Law Services (ALS)

ALS has conduct of both litigation and advisory files in the aboriginal law area. In terms of litigation, ALS handles major land claim cases, aboriginal rights cases, membership and status claims, Métis rights litigation, Aboriginal children in care issues and general litigation arising out of operations for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).  It also provides advisory legal services for INAC, particularly in the area of treaty land entitlement (TLE), and lands and trusts services. Urban reserve creation and economic development present interesting and significant challenges.

Articling students can expect to be involved in litigation and advisory matters during their rotation in ALS.

Business & Regulatory Law and Public Safety, Defence and Immigration

The Business & Regulatory Law Portfolio (BRLP) provides litigation services to a wide range of federal government departments and agencies, and deals with matters such as leases, security documents, conveyances and contracts, as well as issues involving insolvency law.

The Public Safety and Defence portfolio provides litigation services to the federal law enforcement community, and maintains conduct of files where the Department of Justice is the client department. The portfolio acts for clients such as the RCMP, Correctional Service of Canada, and Canada Border Services Agency in civil actions; conducts Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Firearms Act, and Extradition Act proceedings; and represents the Attorney General of Canada directly in constitutional challenges to federal legislation.

Articling students can expect to be involved in all litigation areas, including drafting opinions on liability, preparing pleadings, and assisting with trial preparation or appeals.

Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is a federal government organization created to fulfill the responsibilities of the Attorney General of Canada in the discharge of the criminal law mandate by prosecuting criminal offences under federal jurisdiction.

The PPSC is responsible for prosecuting offences under more than 50 federal statutes and for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies. Cases prosecuted by the PPSC include those involving drugs, organized crime, terrorism, tax law, money laundering and proceeds of crime, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Criminal Code offences in the three northern territories, and federal regulatory offences.

Articling students are involved in the preparation of disclosure materials and files for prosecution, interviewing of witnesses, the conduct of summary conviction trials, assistance in the prosecution of indictable offences, prosecuting in adult and youth docket courts, legal research, and the preparation of written submissions.

For more information about the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, please visit PPSC - About Us.

Contact Person

For more information about articles in the Saskatoon Office, please contact:

Anne Jinnouchi
Chair, Articling Committee

Department of Justice Canada - Saskatoon Office
10th Floor, 123 – 2nd Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7E6

Tel: 306-975-4505
Fax: 306-975-4320

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