The Montréal office usually hires six to eight articling students, divided into two groups. The articling period is six months and, with Bar School (completed before articling) being either four or eight months, some juggling of timetables may be required.
In general, the first group starts in January and ends in June. The second group then starts in June and finishes in December. We strive to have at least three articling students at all times present at the Montréal office.
We do not have a rotation system for our articling students. We favour a “real life” approach where lawyers are seen as clients, to be approached for work and with whom relationships and affinities may develop.