• Posted: January 21, 2021
  • Location: Winnipeg
  • Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 14, 2021 at noon
The application deadline has now passed. We thank all candidates who applied, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted on May 28, 2021.

Our complete Articling Student Program profile can be found here.

Commitment to Diversity

One of our firm’s Core Values is that we value diversity and strive to reflect the communities we serve. In that regard, we encourage students who identify as an Indigenous person, a visible minority, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the LGBTQ2S* community to apply. We also welcome students to self-identify their membership in these groups if they wish to do so.

Areas of Practice

We serve a variety of small and large, local, national and international clients. The practice of law at TDS is diverse, challenging, and personally rewarding. Most of our lawyers restrict their practices to specific areas, while several carry on very broad practices. Further information on our 20+ areas of practice can be obtained from the Practice section of our website.

Our Objective

Our objective in hiring students is to identify individuals who will join the firm, initially as Associates, and ultimately become our Partners. We hire students with the intention of developing them into excellent lawyers. The offers extended to students to stay on with the firm as Associates have historically reflected the firm’s objective to retain students who will carry on the firm’s tradition of excellence. Once kept on, our marketing group helps Associates to build their practice by offering a wide range of marketing and professional development support.

The Articling Year

We provide our students with extensive practical experience and regular exposure to clients and to other lawyers with the goal of developing strong legal and communication skills. Students are given the opportunity to work with lawyers in many different practice areas while, at the same time, the firm has the opportunity to assist the student in developing the foundational skills that are necessary to becoming a competent legal practitioner. During the articling year, each student is assigned to a small group of lawyers who act as “principals”. Emphasis is placed on providing each student with principals who practice in the area(s) of law the student is most interested in along with a principal or two in different fields so as to allow for a diverse and varied learning experience. We believe that this is superior to a “rotation” system as it allows articling students the opportunity to maintain continuity with files and their mentors, while also fostering a collegial atmosphere among students.

About Us

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), located at 242 Hargrave Street in True North Square, has a complement of over 100 lawyers assisted by staff including paralegals, legal assistants, accounting staff, systems operations, marketing and professional development staff, and personnel administrators.

Our firm maintains four full-time offices in rural Manitoba - Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Morden and Winkler. We also have satellite offices in Steinbach, Neepawa, Boissevain and Gladstone, and a full time office in Saskatoon.

At TDS, we believe that collaboration is essential to providing outstanding professional service. Working together with a shared vision, we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness, and communication, which enables us to provide our clients with high-quality services.

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For additional information on the summer and articling student programs at TDS, you may contact the Chair of the firm's Students Committee, Terra Welsh, at tlw@tdslaw.com.