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Our articling program offers you flexibility to explore areas of practice that may be of interest to you.
We have no formal rotation system. You will be able to work with all lawyers at the firm and do not spend a specific predetermined amount of time in any one practice area.
Before you start, we ask you for your primary area(s) of interest (which you are free to change over the course of articles).
Historically, our students have split their time at the firm as follows:
a) 50% Litigation, Mediation, and Arbitration
b) 50% Corporate and Commercial
Our program is geared to litigation but you will have exposure to business law.
One of the partners at the firm will be assigned as your mentor. You will meet with your mentor on a weekly basis. You will be guided through a formal education plan to ensure you are exposed to all aspects of the practice of law. You will have hands on experience! You have an opportunity meet with clients and other professionals (such as experts), handle your own files, and assist associates and partners on complex files. We believe in a team approach to all files. You will be part of the team.
The firm encourages students to participate in the business development and social activities of the firm. During the year you will have an opportunity to:
a) attend seminars presented by firm members to clients and the public
b) write articles for our newsletter
c) attend our monthly firm lunch, our quarterly social event and the impromptu wing nights, sailing nights, and sports tournaments
Compensation and Benefits
Your compensation will be competitive with that of students at other downtown Toronto firms. You will be offered two weeks of paid vacation, an extended healthcare plan, a dental plan, and life insurance. We will pay your salary during the Skills and Professional Responsibility Program and self-study periods.
We provide our summer students with as thorough an exposure to the practice of law as the summer months allow. Your work will be similar to that of an articling student. We will arrange for you to work with as many lawyers in as many areas as possible or we will help you focus on your specific areas of interest. You will be exposed to both corporate and litigation work. You will have an opportunity to meet clients and to sit in on client interviews, participate in the analysis of the problems faced by the client, and the development of paths to solutions. In litigation, you will have an opportunity to draft pleadings, attend examinations for discovery, mediations and trials. Your salary will be competitive with downtown Toronto firms. We only take 2nd Year Summer Students. “Second year student” means a law student who reasonably expects to be eligible to commence articling in 2020.
Applications for 2nd Year Summer Students for 2019:
• application deadline – August 20 at 5:00 pm
• call day for interviews – October 26
• interviews – November 5 to 7
• offers – November 7 after 5:00 pm
Fernandes Hearn LLP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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