Our articling program is organized according to four rotations. The rotations have been structured to allow students to work with different lawyers and get exposure to many practice areas. This will help you in your career no matter what shape it takes. Our rotation system will help you understand “the big picture.”
During this rotation, students handle research, drafting, trial preparation and other assignments related to litigation files, including criminal defence files. This rotation lasts for approximately 27 weeks, which may not be consecutive.
During this rotation, students will assist lawyers in the Wills and Estates, Real Estate/Land Development and Business Law practice groups with non-litigious matters. These could range from drafting corporate documents and wills to researching the legislation governing condominiums. This rotation lasts approximately eight to nine weeks.
During this rotation, students get the opportunity to handle court appearances such as criminal court and simple motions in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The student has time to accompany lawyers to observe trials, motions, appeals, hearings and discoveries. This rotation lasts eight to nine weeks.
During this rotation, students learn the ropes of family law practice and build their knowledge of the rules and procedures particular to family law. Students also get the chance to develop their skills in communicating with clients. This rotation lasts approximately eight to nine weeks.
While research is a significant part of the articling experience, you will have plenty of real-world contact with clients in interviews, telephone calls and meetings. You will draft documents such as commercial agreements, wills and powers of attorney, pleadings and opinion letters. You will assist with examinations for discovery and preparation for trials and appeals. You will acquire valuable advocacy experience by appearing in court on contested
and uncontested motions. You will develop your skills in identifying issues and learn how to find the best ways to help clients solve their legal problems.