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Welcome, Students!

The CCLA is excited to welcome the many new summer, articling, and LPP students in the Ottawa area each year. On this page, you can find direct links to the information you'll want and need over the term of your summer placement or your articling year.

Library Tours

Tours are not currently available due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

New to Ottawa? Haven't visited the CCLA Library before? Consider stopping by for a tour of the Gordon F. Henderson Library! Each spring and summer, we offer tours to summer, articling, and LPP students. You can schedule a tour at a time that works for you by emailing Brenda Lauritzen. Tours last approximately 15 minutes.

You can check out all the services and resources the Library has to offer you in our Library section.

HeadStart Ottawa: Legal Research for Articling & LPP Students

The CCLA Library offers a legal research training session exclusively for each year's new articling and LPP students, called HeadStart Ottawa. The 2020 edition will take place virtually in late summer. Stay tuned for details!

New Lawyers, Articling Students & Paralegals Summit

Taking into account the demands on your time, both professionally and personally, the CCLA has organized a one-day, in-town summit, with content devoted entirely to what new lawyers, articling students, and paralegals need to know. The CCLA New Lawyers and Articling Students committee has developed a full-day program, and had presenters that included distinguished members of our bar, local Judges, and key court staff. The 2018 Summit was held on March 2, 2018. Thanks to all that attended! 

CCLA Student Membership

Students are eligible to become members of the CCLA. With your student membership, you get all the perks of being a non-voting CCLA member, but for only $25.00 (+HST) per year, including 24/7 access to the library and free WiFi in the Ottawa Courthouse. To sign-up for your CCLA membership, click here.

Articling Student Placement

The Law Society of Ontario's 2021-2022 Recruitment Procedures can be found here.

The CCLA will occasionally receive job postings for articling student positions. Any current postings we have can be found on the Career Centre.

Post-Articling Jobs

The CCLA hosts a Career Centre where many local firms list employment opportunities. For a listing of current job opportunities, click here. (We post other stuff too! Check out the Marketplace, or subscribe to our newsletter, for other notices, such as offices for rent, social events, and educational opportunities from partner organizations.)

For jobs outside of Ottawa, here are some other places to check for employment postings:

The Precedent A-List (Mostly GTA)

OBA Legal Career Centre (Ontario-Wide)

Ontario Reports (Ontario-Wide)

Hamilton Law Association - Jobs for Lawyers (Hamilton)

Law Job Exchange Group (Canada-Wide)

Toronto Lawyers Association - Career Centre (Mostly GTA)