Winnipeg Articling Students: 2025-2026

Career Information

How to Apply

All applications are to be submitted online through our online application form linked below.

 

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Undergraduate transcript(s); and
  • Law school transcript(s)

Ask Us

One of the primary purposes of the process upon which you are about to embark is to ensure that you receive complete and accurate information about the firms involved so that you can make an informed decision about where you would prefer to article.

For further information about articling with TDS, contact the Chair of the firm’s Students Committee, Stéphanie Tétreault, at 204.934.2342 or SMT@tdslaw.com.

Important Date: Deadline to Apply is 12:00 p.m. CT (noon) on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

We are looking to hire up to eight (8) articling students to work out of our Winnipeg office.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), located at 242 Hargrave Street in True North Square, has a complement of over 100 lawyers assisted by staff including paralegals, legal assistants, accounting staff, systems operations, marketing and professional development staff and personnel administrators.

Our firm maintains four full-time offices in rural Manitoba – Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Morden and Winkler. We also have satellite offices in Steinbach, Neepawa, Boissevain and Gladstone, and a full-time office in Saskatoon.

At TDS, we believe that collaboration is essential to providing outstanding professional service.Working together with a shared vision, we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness, and communication, which enables us to provide our clients with high-quality services.

Areas of Practice

We serve a variety of small and large, local, national and international clients. The practice of law at TDS is diverse, challenging and personally rewarding. Most of our lawyers restrict their practices to specific areas, while several carry on very broad practices. Further information on our 30+ areas of practice can be obtained from the Services section of our website.

Our Objective

Our objective in hiring students is to identify individuals who will join the firm, initially as Associates, and ultimately become our Partners. We hire students with the intention of developing them into excellent lawyers. The offers extended to students to stay on with the firm as Associates have historically reflected the firm’s objective to retain students who will carry on the firm’s tradition of excellence. Once kept on, our marketing group helps Associates to build their practice over time, by offering a wide range of marketing and professional development support.

The Articling Year

We provide our students with extensive practical experience and regular exposure to clients and to other lawyers with the goal of developing strong legal and communication skills. Students are given the opportunity to work with lawyers in many different practice areas while, at the same time, the firm has the opportunity to assist the student in developing the foundational skills that are necessary to becoming a competent legal practitioner. During the articling year, each student is assigned to a small group of lawyers who act as “principals.” Emphasis is placed on providing each student with principals who practice in the area(s) of law the student is most interested in along with a principal or two in different fields so as to allow for a diverse and varied learning experience. We believe that this is superior to a “rotation” system as it allows articling students the opportunity to maintain continuity with files and their mentors, while also fostering a collegial atmosphere among students.

Mentorship is a key value during the articling year and beyond. We give students an appropriate level of responsibility and ensure that they have the necessary assistance and support to be able to properly complete the work that they have been assigned. Regular meetings are held among our students and the firm’s Students Committee to provide feedback with respect to performance, in addition to the ongoing feedback received directly from principals. Our practice of open-door access to lawyers is just one feature of the firm’s collegial approach to the practice of law.

We pay our articling students a salary which is competitive with other large, downtown Winnipeg firms. The fees for PREP (the bar admissions course) are paid by the firm along with any Law Society practising fees and Call to the Bar fees for those students who are retained as Associates. Our Articling students are eligible to participate in the firm’s group insurance benefits package, which includes health, dental, and disability insurance coverage.

The Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) by the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED)

Our articling students this year will be enrolled in the Accelerated PREP program, which runs from May to September. During this time, the articling students will work exclusively on PREP. They will start with TDS in September of their articling year. Many of the lawyers in our firm have participated in the previous versions of the bar admissions course and recognize the demanding nature of PREP and its workload.

Professional Development Training

Along with frequent in-house seminars, TDS supports the attendance of students at outside CLE programs, including webinars and pays for their attendance at such programs.

Our Firm Culture

One of the advantages of working with a large firm such as TDS is that students benefit from having the opportunity to be involved with larger and more sophisticated clients. Some of our work transactions provide an opportunity to gain experience with matters involving other Canadian jurisdictions and our Manitoba-exclusive membership with Lex Mundi extends our reach internationally.

Certain myths exist among law students with respect to larger law firms, one being that larger firms are impersonal organizations. This misconception ignores the fact that law firms are comprised of individuals with differing interests and personalities. The lawyers in our firm strive to be approachable while making a conscious effort to provide any required assistance to students. At TDS, students have access to a broad base of experience and expertise.

Although we do not deny that we (together with all other firms) expect our students to work hard, we have many social, sporting and professional opportunities over the articling year that facilitate relationship-building with our lawyers. Our firm has teams in the lawyers’ hockey, soccer and softball leagues. As well, a significant number of the lawyers in the firm participate in events such as the Manitoba Bar Association Golf Tournament, the Manitoba Marathon, and in cultural endeavours such as the Manitoba Bar Association/Manitoba Theatre Centre fundraising plays and musicals.

Our lawyers are active in the community as volunteers and board members of community organizations such as the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the United Way, the Humane Society, the Dream Factory, Ronald McDonald House, Rainbow Stage and the Family Centre of Winnipeg. Our firm also reflects the diversity of our larger community. We have lawyers who are active in the Portuguese, Italian, Jewish, Indigenous and Franco-Manitoban communities. Learn more about TDS’ community involvement.

Practice Building Support

During the first two years as Associates, focus is placed on the practice of law as well as on internal marketing with our Partners. After two years from the Call to the Bar, we encourage Associates to start thinking about practice building. At this time, Associates place a greater focus on external marketing and business development.

TDS has an extensive range of marketing and business development tools and resources. This support is available to all Associates and can be customized to each Associate’s needs. The goal is to provide all of the necessary tools, resources and support to our budding legal professionals.

Commitment to Diversity

One of our firm’s Core Values is that we value diversity and strive to reflect the communities we serve. In that regard, we encourage students who identify as an Indigenous person, a visible minority, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to apply. We also welcome students to self-identify their membership in these groups if they wish to do so.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to Apply
  • 12:00 p.m. CT (noon) on Tuesday, May 14, 2024