• Posted: May 12, 2020
  • Location: Winnipeg
  • Start Applying: September, 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 9, 2020

TDS is now accepting applications to article with the firm for the 2021-2022 articling year. We follow the Manitoba Articling Student Recruitment Guidelines and the application deadline is Friday, October 9, 2020 at noon. Please review our Articling Student Program profile found here. It provides important information about our program and describes the documents that we expect you to provide with your application. New this year, we are requiring all applicants to submit a writing sample. The topic for your writing sample is described in the profile. All application materials should be submitted using the Articling Student application form on this page. Thank you for your interest in TDS.

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.

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 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.

General Information

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has 100+ lawyers and its head office is located in True North Square. We have 8 additional offices including full-time offices in Portage la Prairie, Brandon, Morden and Winkler.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has been ranked and recommended by Chambers Global and Benchmark Litigation and has been recognized as one of the top regional firms in the prairies by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In addition, several of the firm’s lawyers are consistently recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada and LEXPERT® as leaders in their respective practice areas.


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