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Alberta adds eight Crown articling students in bid to boost access to justice in rural areas

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 1:56 PM | By John Chunn

The government of Alberta announced that it is doubling the number of Crown articling students, ensuring homegrown talent stays in Alberta.

The government currently hires eight articling students per year. The government is immediately hiring an additional eight more and will be increasing to at least 20 by 2021 — giving the government the largest number of articling students in the province.

According to its press release, the provincial government says this will ensure that rural Albertans are better served by the justice system and will prioritize the placement of the new students in rural Alberta and smaller judicial districts. Positions will be held for students from rural Alberta who wish to live there and incentives will be offered to students who wish to stay working for the Crown in rural areas.

“Our government wants to ensure that we are the highest employer of articling students in Alberta so our law students do not leave for other provinces. We want to ensure that Alberta’s legal talent stays in Alberta and skilled Albertans have the opportunities to live, work and raise families here,” said Doug Schweitzer, minister of Justice and Solicitor General.