Articling Student Program

The Toronto office hires students through the articling process governed by the Law Society of Ontario. We have now filled all articling positions for the 2018/2019 articling year.

Student Experience

Our students are exposed to a wide variety of work during their articling year. Students will typically assist and accompany lawyers on discoveries, hearings, trials, mediations, commercial deal closings and client meetings. Students are also assigned and have carriage of Small Claims Court files.

Secondments

Students may also have the opportunity to participate in a secondment arranged by our office. In the past, students have been on secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and other large corporate clients and charities.

Social & Charitable Events

We encourage our students to participate in all aspects of firm life. In the past, we have arranged social and charitable activities including: bowling night; ping pong; Habitat for Humanity builds; and a BBQ. We also have “Call to the Bar” — a regular get-together with all the professionals.

Mentoring

As part of our support structure, not only are students paired with a partner who acts as their principal, they are also paired with an associate who acts as a mentor. We make every effort to assign a mentor who, we think, will fit well with the student’s interests and background. Members of the Student Committee, as well as the Professional Development Department, are also on-hand to help students through their articling year.

Feedback

We also continue to evaluate our students’ progress through two formal evaluation processes.

Professional Development

Throughout articling, students will continue their professional development with additional continuing legal education programing designed specifically to help them develop practical legal skills. As with the summer program, students are invited to attend all firm-wide and practice-specific continuing legal education seminars.