Our students are exposed to a wide variety of experiences during their articling year. There are no formal rotations. Rather, each student is assigned to one principal who is then responsible for mentoring the student and ensuring that each student gains experience in as many areas of the law as possible, in both the litigation and solicitor areas. On the litigation side, our students help with the preparation of trials; junior at trials; appear as counsel at trials in Provincial Court (including Small Claims); appear as counsel in Chambers; attend with lawyers at examinations for discovery; meet with clients; assist lawyers on large litigation cases; and conduct research. Students are given full responsibility for Small Claims files — they learn to deal with clients directly, attend settlement conferences, negotiate settlements, interview witnesses and conduct the trials. This is done under the supervision of experienced litigators.
On the solicitors’ side, our students prepare documents for buying, selling and financing business ventures; prepare wills; assist in the probate of estates; draft agreements and letters of intent for commercial contracts; review and research taxation issues; help with the preparation of construction contracts and research construction-related issues; assist in the conveyance of real property; support due diligence efforts in commercial transactions; attend at closings of transactions; participate in client meetings; and conduct other general research.
Each Articling student is paired with an associate mentor who helps the student integrate into the firm environment and provides invaluable guidance and support. Students are matched based on their individual characteristic preferences. The Assistant Director of Talent Management and members of the Student Committee are also available to support the students throughout the articling term.
We encourage our students to participate in all aspects of firm life, including social, charitable and community activities, client events and student-specific teambuilding activities.
Our Students receive formal reviews according to the requirements of the CPLED. In addition, we provide informal feedback throughout the entire year in order to provide timely and constructive advice and areas for improvement.
Throughout articling, students continue their professional development with additional continuing legal education programs designed specifically for them. Students are invited to attend all firm-wide and practice-specific continuing legal education seminars. We also provide students with on-going training and seminars to develop their practical and legal skills using seminar formats specifically designed for students.
Our students are available to answer questions. You can find their profile and contact information under the “Our Students” page on our firm website.