Articling Student 2023-2024 term

EducationFull TimeOttawa, ON

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The National Judicial Institute (NJI) is an independent, bilingual, not-for-profit institution committed to building better justice through leadership in the education of judges. The NJI is one of the acknowledged world leaders in the design and delivery of judicial education, known for offering innovative, dynamic, and relevant education to judges across Canada.

With offices in Ottawa and Montreal, the NJI offers over 70 in-person and online judicial education seminars each year. It provides a wide range of educational resources to members of the judiciary including Electronic Bench Books, e-Letters on legal developments, and publications on subjects of interest to the judiciary. The NJI fosters interactive, skills-based learning consistent with adult education principles and integrates law, judge craft and social context in its programs and resources.

From the Board of Governors chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada, to the judicial committees responsible for each program, members of the judiciary play a central role in all aspects of the NJI’s work.

The NJI is searching for an Articling Student to fulfill a ten (10) month, full-time contract beginning in summer 2023.


As a member of the Education department, your job duties will consist of the following:

1) Working with Counsel and members of the program delivery team to ensure cohesion between logistical planning processes and program content and delivery;

2) Providing assistance at judicial education conferences/seminars at different locations across Canada;

3) Researching legal issues relating to judicial education and delivering results in a clear, concise manner;

4) Drafting input for education materials, including videos, hypothetical problems, discussion questions, and facilitator notes; and,

5) Assisting Counsel with understanding the learning needs of the judiciary and responding to education requests in collaboration with the Chief Judicial Officer, the Director of Education, and Provincial and Superior Court Judges.

In addition to your work at the National Judicial Institute, you will be supported in securing up to two short-term placements with other organizations as a means to broaden the scope of your articling experience.


The required qualifications for this position are:

1) Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.);

2) Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to Office 365;

3) Ability to research legal databases such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and CanLII

4) Fluently bilingual in French and English (Reading, Writing and Oral)

While not mandatory, these qualifications would also be of benefit:

1) Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) or Licentiate of Laws (LL.L); and

2) Experience working in a not-for-profit organization.


The skills required of a successful candidate for this position include, but are not limited to:

1) Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks / projects;

2) Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and teamwork skills;

3) Excellent writing and communication skills, with meticulous attention to detail;

4) Proven ability to organize, take initiative, and exercise good judgment;

5) Ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships with professionalism and integrity;

6) A positive attitude and the appropriate use of courtesy, diplomacy and discretion; and,

7) Strong professional ethics and an ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Annual salary 2023-2024 term: $53,970

In order to be considered for the position, please ensure that your application includes the following: a cover letter, résumé, and post-secondary education transcripts.

Please submit your completed application through the link on our Careers page.

The deadline for submission of applications is May 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Please note that this position is subject to a vaccine mandate.

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. The National Judicial Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.