Statement of Merit Criteria

Articling Student (Legal Excellence Program)

Essential Qualifications


At the time of appointment candidates must have a law degree from a Canadian university. Alternately, the candidate must have a law degree from a university outside of Canada, together with a Certificate of Qualification issued by the National Committee on Accreditation.

Preference will be given to candidates who are not called to bar in any Canadian provinces.

A general knowledge of law
Oral Communication:
Presents and discusses legal concepts and issues in a clear, concise and effective manner orally. 
Written Communication:
Presents and discusses concepts in a clear, concise and effective manner in writing. 
Thinking Skills:
Able to analyze problems and situations, drawing logical conclusions and identifying viable solutions
Demonstrates sound judgment when analyzing problems or situations
Interpersonal relationships:
Interacts with others in ways that advance the work of the group by developing respect, mutual understanding and productive working relationships.  Maintains effectiveness and composure in stressful contexts
A willingness and ability to work effectively as part of a team to contribute to the achievement of group objectives, to build team spirit and a capacity to work with others toward a common goal.
Takes action to influence events rather than passively accepting status quo.  Undertakes and initiates change to improve an existing situation without specific direction 

Asset Qualifications:

  • Solid academic standing in Law School
  • Demonstrated interest in public law
  • Demonstrated interest in litigation
  • Experience working in a public law setting

Organizational Need:

The Department of Justice is committed to maintaining a representative workforce reflective of Canadian society. In support of achieving a diversified workforce and our employment equity goals, qualified candidates who self-declare in a staffing process as members of Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and/or women may be selected for appointment to fulfill organizational needs.

Condition of Employment:

Secret Clearance

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