Pitblado Law

Articling Program

It is your career.
It is your life.

Pitblado Law Articling Students
Current Articling Students (L-R): Nathan Phelan, Matthew Knoll, Joshua Lieberman.

Why Pitblado?

We are driven by a bold vision, mission, and values – learn more about us here.

With several firms to choose from, decisions can be tough. Let us make it easy.

  • 63 Lawyers
  • Award Winning: Canadian Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Benchmark, and Lexpert
  • One of the Largest and Oldest Firms in Manitoba
  • Prime Location at Portage & Main
  • Multi-lingual Team
  • TGI Fridays (We get along!)
  • 2 Weeks Vacation
  • Business Development and Marketing Support

Articling Program

Every firm has one, but our program is flexible – designed to help you gain experience in a broad range of practice areas. The program works for those seeking variety and opportunity to explore different areas of law. We treat articling and the education of students seriously: you are welcomed as part of our team, and lawyers make themselves available to help you. In addition, we have an active associates committee that liaises with the partnership on matters of common interest.

Articling students are assigned a Principal (Partner) who is a good fit for you, but you are also free to accept work from any lawyer, ensuring a diverse experience in working with a range of people and files. Further, students are encouraged to seek files in practice areas of interest – you are in the driver’s seat. You have an opportunity to explore areas in which to specialize, and an opportunity to see files through from start to finish.

Program Details

Principals

Principals ensure all requirements of your articling year (per the Law Society of Manitoba) are completed. Your Principal is also your mentor, guiding you through every aspect of the articling experience.

Feedback

Feedback and open dialogue are essential to articling. Expect it from your Principal, colleagues, and management team.

Formal evaluations occur semiannually with the Partner in charge of the Articling program, with informal check-ins occurring intermittently.

Admin + Tech Support

We provide you an office and administrative support to help you concentrate on learning the practice of law. We provide orientation on Firm systems and access to a comprehensive library.

Social Events

We value relationships. That’s why we host weekly “TGIF” in our lawyers’ lounge, sponsor an annual family picnic and golf tournament, host staff holiday and family parties, and host our renowned annual holiday client reception. The Firm also pays for associate events throughout the year.

PREP + CLE

We support PREP commitments and expect students to attend all lectures.

Students are also encouraged to participate in continuing legal education through courses offered by the Law Society of Manitoba, and Manitoba Bar Association.

Salary + Benefits

We offer competitive salary, PREP tuition, professional memberships and event coverage.

Enjoy two weeks paid holidays and group insurance/benefits.

If you are invited to remain after articling, the Firm also covers Law Society practice fees.

Marketing + BD Support

We provide comprehensive marketing and business development (BD) support to assist you in developing business knowledge, your clients and prospects, and the ability to grow your practice. The Firm hosts regular BD lunches, networking events, and also provides you a dedicated budget to support these activities.

Commencement of Articles

The Firm provides intensive articling orientation at the beginning of the program, and generally speaking, articles commence in June of each year.

 

 

Our Commitment

We are committed to helping you succeed.

Your Principal not only ensures all articling requirements are met, but will mentor you along the way. In addition to articling and educational support, we are committed to training within the Firm.

Your career in law will continue to evolve, and in working with us, you will always have opportunities to learn and advance ahead of competition.

We recruit colleagues, not students

It is our expectation that students become colleagues. If you are invited to remain with us after your Call, we have a formal mentorship program for all Associates.

We invest a great deal in our articling students, lawyers and Partners, and take pride in you investing in a career with us.

Interested?

Hiring for the 2021/2022 Articling Year is now complete. Check back in spring 2021 for information of the 2022-2023 hiring process.

Submit your Articling Program questions to Karen Poetker.

Once applications are again being accepted, we will request that you include the following items:

  • Application Letter
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate Transcript (copy or PDF of original)
  • Law Transcript (copy or PDF of original)
  • References

Please note all applicants must meet the Law Society of Manitoba’s current admission requirements.