The impact of your articling career on your longterm career trajectory in General Discussion Posted January 3 1 hour ago, Malicious Prosecutor said: I articled, and practiced my first year, at a large national firm whose name you'd recognize. I have now worked for many years as a Crown Prosecutor. In between I worked for a small town firm that would be considered small in most places, but was the largest firm in its own region. There are some personal reasons I wound up there that I chose to keep private, but I can also advise that I wasn't being bombarded with offers from other big city firms. Going to the small town firm, I think there was some respect that they knew I wouldn't be incompetent coming from a large firm, but all the partners had been in a small town their entire career, and they certainly didn't feel that it was particularly prestigious. There was also some skepticism about whether I would stick around. My next job was a small town Crown's job. They were much more impressed that I had worked in a small town firm (and done some Crim law), and my biglaw experience really counted for nothing. And in subsequent Crown jobs, what's mattered is my Crown experience, and not my articling experience. These days, my articling experience comes up every year or two as an anecdote and nothing more. My takeaway: if you want to work in a biglaw-type firm, it is probably helpful to article at that kind of firm. Even if you wind up and a more midsize or boutique firm that practices the same areas of law, it may be of assistance. Beyond that though... nobody will care. Thanks so much for sharing . I am clerking and then completing my article in civil litigation, but am very interested in crown work. Do you think starting out in civil is a bar to that career? I have kind of fallen in love with criminal law through my clerkship, and I'd love to hear your perspective.