PLEASE NOTE: The online application form will be available on this website as of November 28, 2019. Specific information on all aspects of the application will be provided within the online application.
Candidates are invited to apply for the position of law clerk to a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.
There are 58 positions available: 16 with the Federal Court of Appeal, 41 with the Federal Court and 1 with the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.
August 3, 2021 to July 22, 2022
The current salary is $63,428 per annum.
Under the direction of the Judges to whom they have been assigned, law clerks research points of law, prepare legal memoranda and generally assist the Judges. At the Federal Court, law clerks also assist the Prothonotaries.
Working long hours and weekends may be required.
Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
Please note that preference will be given to Canadian citizens.
Applicants must use the on-line application form form which will be available as of November 28, 2019, on the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court web sites:
Candidates must submit their application by January 13, 2020.
The application must include:
In addition, we must receive:
You will not be penalized if your official law school transcript or letters of reference are received after the application deadline. However, we cannot process your application until we have received all necessary documentation.
NOTE: Law school transcripts and letters of recommendation submitted by applicants will not be accepted. Only the first three reference letters received will be accepted.
Judges of the Courts may visit the law schools to promote the law clerk program in the Fall of 2019. Interviews will take place between February and April 2020.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
For further inquiries regarding Federal Court of Appeal and Court Martial Appeal Court clerkships, please contact: Mr. Witold Tymowski at (613) 995-4549 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For further inquiries regarding Federal Court clerkship, please contact: Chantal Proulx at (613) 995-4547 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to visit the following Websites:
Certain law societies recognize the law clerkship as fulfilling all or part of their articling requirements. Candidates should verify this with the law society of the jurisdiction in which they will seek admission to practice. Being called to the Bar in any jurisdiction is NOT a requirement for the positions.
1. Do I submit all my documents online?
As an applicant, you are required to upload the following directly within the online application (cover letter, C.V., writing sample and undergraduate/graduate transcripts). Special characters (à, é, ç, ê, etc) should not be used in document titles.
You can upload your undergraduate/graduate transcripts in the online application. However, your law school transcript MUST be forwarded to us directly by the University Registrar, at the following address:
CAS - 11th floor
90 Sparks Street
The University may email your law school transcript to email@example.com
Your referees must send their signed letter of reference in PDF format, with the document titled as specified below, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The letters should be titled thus: YOURNAMErefREFEREENAME
For example, if Professor Ashley Smith writes a letter of reference for John Doe, the letter should be titled: DOErefSMITH
2. What are the expectations for reference letters?
Reference letters should be addressed "To the Honourable Justices."
They should be signed and, if possible, printed on official letterhead. Preferably, your letters of reference will be submitted by professors of law or legal professionals who have supervised your work.
Please note that only the first three reference letters received will be accepted. If applying to more than one Court, be aware that the same reference letter will be shared among the Courts. Multiple reference letters written to individual Courts by the same referee will not be accepted; only the first letter received from each of the three referees will be uploaded to the application.
3. If my references or law transcript are received after the deadline, am I disqualified?
You are responsible for submitting a complete online application by January 13, 2020. This includes the documents you are responsible for - cover letter, C.V., writing sample and undergraduate transcripts. You will not be penalized if your official law school transcript or letters of reference are late. However, be aware that your application cannot be processed until all necessary documentation has been received, including the official law school transcript and reference letters. Judges will only access applications that contain all of the necessary documents.
4. Can I, and should I, submit more than one writing sample?
Submitting two writing samples is warranted only if you submit a sample in each official language.
5. Once my application is complete, what happens next?
Once all the necessary documents have been received and it has been determined that you possess all essential qualifications, your application will appear in a database accessible to the Judges. They will make a selection of interviewees, and interviews will be held from February to April. Once the Supreme Court of Canada has made all of its clerkship offers, the Federal Courts proceed with their offers. There is an agreement with the Court of Appeal of Ontario to issue simultaneous offers. In the event that you receive several offers, you will have time to decide between the Courts.
6. Will I be informed if I am not hired?
Once all the law clerks have been hired, you will be informed that the process is complete.
Some positions may require one or more assets.
Interest, knowledge or experience in one or several of the following areas of law: