The Research Service is comprised of 17 law clerks in Montreal, and 13 law clerks in Quebec City. The Court benefits from the services of a Coordinator who ensures a smooth selection process, sees to the training and integration of the new law clerks into the team and lends juridical support to the researchers.
The law clerks are, in most cases, selected one year in advance: a competition is held each year usually in the months of December and January. All candidates are assumed to be admissible to complete their articling requirements for the Bar at the time of hiring that is to say the start date of employment at the Court of Appeal should coincide with the start date of the clerkship. The maximum duration of employment is two years, which permits the law clerks to acquire an important experience of the law from the outset of their career. The first six months of the clerkship satisfies the Quebec Bar's articling requirements.
The Court is looking for candidates who possess a very good academic record as well as an aptitude for research and drafting; such candidates must also demonstrate maturity and autonomy in the exercise of their duties. Candidates must possess an excellent knowledge of spoken and written French and English.
Upon arrival, the law clerk is assigned to a judge with whom he or she works for the entirety of the contract and with whom he or she will develop a privileged relationship. A large part of the work is done before the hearing of a case, where the law clerk must conduct an in depth analysis of his or her assigned cases in order to formulate legal opinion and ensure assistance to the judge on the questions before the Court. The experience is all the more interesting in that it provides for an excellent understanding of the role and functions of a judge. The law clerk attends the hearing of the cases on which he or she has worked. In this manner, he or she may observe the hearing of the case with a critical eye. If the case is taken under deliberation, the law clerk may be asked to do additional research. In this way, the law clerk follows the progress of cases until final judgment is rendered. The clerkship thus provides a unique occasion to work behind the scenes of the judicial system and familiarize oneself with its operation.
Furthermore, a clerkship at the Court of Appeal provides for the opportunity to work in different fields of law: constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, civil law, commercial law, etc. Thanks to this diversity of experience, the law clerks acquire a high degree of versatility, in-depth knowledge of the law, and invaluable practical experience on how to properly manage a file in litigation. A quick survey of former law clerks after their time at the Court of Appeal reveals that they work in a multitude of organizations, be it:
Special agreements with Laval University and University of Montreal allow for law clerks employed at the Court of Appeal to obtain credits towards a Master's degree (directed research, legal research work carried out in the performance of their duties). For more information concerning these agreements, you are invited to contact a representative of the Research Service of the Court of Appeal.
Students desiring to undertake the challenge of a stimulating experience are invited to submit their applications to the Montreal and/or Quebec offices of the Court of Appeal. Once a competition is announced, a notice is posted on the website of the Court of Appeal and of the Quebec Bar School as well as in the Career & Professional Development offices of the faculties of law.
The candidate's application should be forwarded to one or both of the following address, as the case may be:
Mrs. Anita Santi
QuebecCourt of Appeal
100, Notre-Dame Street East, Suite 3.60
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 4B6
Telephone : 514 393-2040 extension 51246
Fax : 514 864-4662
Email : email@example.com
Mrs. Lynn Brousseau
Quebec Court of Appeal
300, Jean-Lesage Blvd, Suite R-435
Québec (Québec) G1K 8K6
See the attached Call for Applications recruiting law clerks for positions commencing in January or June 2019: Call for applications - January and June 2019.(111 KB)
LANCER L'APPEL(199 KB). The clerkship program of the Court of Appeal of Quebec celebrates his 10th anniversary. By Shaun Finn. December 2005.