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The following are testimonials from students who have participated in the articling program with the Ministry of Justice:

Macrina Badger
Articling Class of 2012
Crown Counsel, Aboriginal Law Branch, Public Law

“I had the very rewarding opportunity to article with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. The Ministry’s articling program provides students with a well-rounded articling experience by providing exposure to many different practice areas—including criminal law, civil law and constitutional law, to name just a few. During each rotation, I was able to gain hands-on experience in the respective area while working alongside some very well-respected and talented lawyers who were more than happy to assist with any project and impart their knowledge in their respective fields. The variety of work I was able to assist with not only provided me with a well-rounded experience, it allowed me to develop skills in a number of areas and helped me decide what practice area was the best fit for me. I would encourage students to apply for Saskatchewan Justice’s articling program, it truly is a rewarding experience that encourages professional growth in a support environment.”

Erin Schroh
Articling Class of 2009
Crown Prosecutor, Public Prosecutions

"The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General provides its articling students with a unique opportunity to experience all aspects of the practice of law in Saskatchewan.  The opportunity to work with experienced and talented lawyers with the Ministry, the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, a private firm and the courts enabled me to develop a wide range of legal skills.

During my articling year I also had several opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a supportive environment, by running criminal trials in the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan and appearing in Chambers in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench.

I cannot speak highly enough of my articling experience with the Ministry."

Karen Makohoniuk
Articling Class of 2007 

"Saskatchewan Justice provided me with the opportunity to make a smooth transition from being a student to being a lawyer.  As a student, I believe that articling with Justice provided me with the most diverse experience available.  As a mother, I feel that my needs and circumstances were respected and accommodated.  I enjoyed my articles with Saskatchewan Justice immensely and would highly recommend articling with the Department." 

Randy King
Articling Class of 2007
Crown Counsel, Civil Law
 

"I can't speak highly enough of the time I spent articling with Saskatchewan Justice.  The department is full of great people dedicated to giving students the best and most challenging experience possible. With every rotation I found myself exposed to new and interesting areas of law and working with incredibly talented lawyers.  I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot, and I would without hesitation recommend Saskatchewan Justice to any student looking for a rewarding and enjoyable articling experience."

Max Bilson
Articling Class of 2006
Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Planning and Evaluation Branch

"Articling with Justice was a great experience.  Justice offers a wide breadth of legal practice to articling students, from cross-examining witnesses in Provincial Court to writing pre-trial briefs for child protection matters.  As well, the lawyers in the Department treat students with respect and are always willing and able to help."

Jane Chapco
Articling Class of 2006
Legislative Crown Counsel, Legislative Drafting Branch, Public Law
 

"I was looking for a different type of articling experience, and articling at Justice gave me opportunities that I would never have had at a private firm.  I was involved in a wide range of types of legal work, and I gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and the legislative process that I would not have gained in private practice.  I had the opportunity to work with many different lawyers, all of whom were very supportive and were willing to take the time to explain things to me and to answer my questions.  In short, articling at Justice was a varied, challenging and rewarding experience!"

Jennifer Robertson
Articling Class of 2006
Crown Prosecutor, Public Prosecutions

"Articling at Saskatchewan Justice was a unique and rewarding experience.  During my articles, I had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest legal minds in our province on complex issues that mattered to people in Saskatchewan.  I felt that I was challenged - academically, professionally and personally - during my articling year.  The rotation system means that students gain a variety of experiences.  I had the opportunity to prosecute summary offences in Provincial Court, research Aboriginal and Treaty Land Entitlement issues and worked with a senior lawyer in Civil Law on the appeal of an important public inquiry.  During my time in Public Law, I had the privilege of sitting in as part of the working committee reviewing The Saskatchewan Evidence Act. I spent my "option month" at the Dispute Resolution office which opened my eyes to a "non-traditional" career path available to lawyers in the Department.  At Justice, you are treated right - you are considered a valuable part of the team from the beginning and there is a real sense that you are part of a larger family.  Hands down, my favorite part of articling has been the opportunity to work with the lawyers that are employed by Justice.  In my time there, I met people who will be life long mentors.  It was a privilege to work with people of their experience and intelligence.  I felt challenged to do better, be better and try harder."



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