The AUC is hiring articling student for the 2023/2024 year. To safeguard Alberta’s social, economic, and environmental interests, the AUC supervises the utilities industry, as well as the natural gas and power markets.
Purpose of hiring Articling Student
For the academic year 2023–2024, the AUC is looking for one articling student.
The position entails regulatory practice with an emphasis on administrative law and would report to the General Counsel under the direction of a principal.
AUC counsel represents the AUC before the Court of Appeal and acts on matters pertaining to the regulation of Alberta’s utility sector (electricity and gas rates, electricity and gas pipeline facilities, and electricity and gas markets).
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Responsibilities/duties of Articling Student
- Under the direction of your principal and/or senior counsel, provide legal support on Commission-related legal matters as an integrated member of the Commission’s Law Division. Among the responsibilities are:
- Recognizing, investigating, and analyzing legal matters, including the drafting of legal memoranda and opinions.
- Upon receiving instructions from Commission members on legal and non-legal issues, prepare the legal components of communications, decisions, information requests, and requests for rulings.
- Ask questions of Commission lawyers during oral hearings.
- Offer legal assistance in developing Commission Rules and Bulletins.
- Work as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team assigned to a file, with the assistance of the principal or another senior attorney.
- Present a favorable image of the AUC to the outside community through official interactions with applicants.
- Acquire knowledge of the AUC’s mission and pertinent laws.
Qualifications before applying for the job
- Possess a Canadian common law degree or an equivalent credential (e.g., LLB or JD, anticipated by June 2022).
- At the time that articles are to begin, be eligible for membership in the Law Society of Alberta as a student-at-law.
Competencies and experience:
- The capacity to carry out efficient research and communicate written findings in a precise, legally sound manner.
- Familiarity with administrative law.
- Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, organizational, and communication skills.
- The capacity to do individual research projects, collaborate with a mentor on more complicated files, and use judgment to spot problems that call for greater guidance or the engagement of senior counsel.
- The capacity to perform successfully under demanding circumstances and gain knowledge from a variety of experiences.
- Intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn, as well as an interest in the laws and regulations governing the power sector in Alberta.
The AUC will offer a competitive salary, a flexible start date, reimbursement of legal Society fees, including those related to CPLED training, and perhaps a rotation through a legal firm or comparable entity to the successful applicant.