The focus of our articling program is flexibility and hands-on learning and training. We provide you with the option of obtaining a broad exposure to several practice areas over your articling term or focusing your interests on a few particular practice areas - all of which will encourage your growth and development.
Some of the highlights of our articling program include:
Flexibility of the Rotation System: We offer 2 broad rotations during the articling term: Corporate and LETREC (Litigation/Employment/Tax/Real Estate/Competition). You have the flexibility to decide on whether you'd like to spend 5 months in each rotation or do a 4/6 months combination.
Mentorship Program: We view our mentorship program as being a cornerstone to our articling program. You'll be matched with 3 mentors (a partner and 2 associates) from your practice area(s) of interest. Your mentors work with you, provide you with ongoing guidance, and help you to manage a diverse workload to gain a well-rounded articling experience.
Work Allocation and Responsibility: You will get lots of responsibility which will help you to develop your practice skills and knowledge of law and be supported by top notch people and technological resources. Much of your work will come from your mentors and from the lawyers from whom you seek out work. You will discuss work with Susan and your mentors, which will help you to maintain a balanced workload.
Continuing Legal Education Program: We have a very broad and comprehensive CLE program for articling students that includes: on-site skills training and development program, in-house seminars, seminars conducted by external organizations we invite to the firm, and practice area discussions that are followed by group dinners for students and lawyers. Our CLE programming helps you gain important legal and practical skills.
Evaluation Process: You'll receive formal feedback 3 times during the articling term. The Students Committee reviews and discusses review feedback from the lawyers you have worked with and then provides each student with an individualized message from the Committee. The lawyers you're working with will also provide you with ongoing, informal feedback, which will assist with your continued development. At the end of the articling year, we ask you to evaluate your articling experience, which helps the firm to continually improve our articling program.
Knowledge Management (KM): Students have access to an innovative portal-based intranet, searchable KM system, cutting-edge precedents, extensive electronic and print library collection, and a committed team of KM lawyers to assist you.
Salary: Our articling compensation philosophy is to pay our students at the forefront of our market. Currently, our articling students are paid $1,450 per week.
Technology: We offer a one-time $1,000 grant to articling students/associates towards the purchase of technology that will assist them in their practice. We also pay for and provide a smart phone to all articling students for their use during their time working with us.
Vacation: Articling students receive two weeks paid vacation.
Bar Admission Process: We pay tuition and salary for our students during the LSUC Skills and Professional Responsibility Program of the Bar admission process and the licensing examinations.
Fitness Membership: For articling students, the firm pays 50% of the monthly fitness membership fee.
Health Care/Dental Plan: Articling students receive an extended health care and dental plan.