Articling in Our Toronto Office

Our Toronto office hires up to 4 articling students each year. If you are are looking for a hands-on, hearing-intensive, intellectually challenging articling experience, this is the place for you.

The Work

The primary focus of the articling experience in Toronto is on all aspects of labour and employment law, including labour arbitration, proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Canada Industrial Relations Board, human rights and equity issues (including Charter litigation), collective bargaining, construction labour relations, pension and benefits law, workers’ compensation, disability claims, employment standards, wrongful dismissal litigation and occupational health and safety.

Students also assist our civil litigators with all kinds of civil litigation files, including court actions, applications, motions and appeals as well as proceedings before a variety of administrative tribunals. Students may also have an opportunity to assist the lawyers in our criminal law and Aboriginal law practices.

Under the supervision and guidance of lawyers, our articling students take an active role in all aspects of case preparation. Students interview clients, identify and interview witnesses, research the law and attend hearings. Students are also responsible for drafting opinion letters, legal memoranda, submissions, pleadings and/or facta. On occasion, students may represent clients in minor matters.

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The library is also where we often gather on Friday afternoons.

Student Rotation & Resources

We have a student rotation that is designed to evenly balance the workload between students and to allow students to work with as many different lawyers as possible over the course of the articling period. Students are encouraged to attend both tribunal and court hearings with lawyers, in order to see cases through from start to finish and to witness a variety of styles of advocacy.

Our Toronto office has an excellent law library containing numerous general, labour and human rights law reports and digests, as well as hundreds of legal texts, periodicals and other resources. In addition, students have access to electronic research services and the firm’s internal databases.

The Collective Agreement

Our articling students have been organized for over thirty years, thanks to this former articling student. Students’ terms and conditions of employment are set out in a collective agreement between the firm and the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 343. Among other things, the collective agreement provides for:

  • wages competitive with other similar firms in Toronto;
  • an election to have the articling salary reduced on a pro-rated basis to provide weekly pay for the period commencing 9 weeks prior to the first day of work. This allows a student to have an income while studying for and writing the licensing examinations;
  • payment of the LSUC application and licensing process fees;
  • a signing bonus equivalent to 30 working days’ salary, payable in the week of the first LSUC licensing examination in June (whether or not the student elects to take the licensing examination at that time);
  • extended health care benefits;
  • child care allowance; and
  • reimbursement for health club, at-home internet and/or public transit expenses.

During the course of the articling term, students and their COPE 343 representative negotiate with the firm for the renewal of the collective agreement.

Applications

We hire articling students in accordance with the recruitment rules and guidelines of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Please check the LSUC website for information regarding application deadlines, the scheduling of interviews and the timing of offers of employment.

Law students who wish to apply for an articling position in Toronto should send an application to the attention of Vanessa Payne. Applications are accepted by mail, fax or email to: labourlaw @ goldblattpartners dot com. Each applicant will receive confirmation via email that his/her application has been received.

All applications must include:**

  • a cover letter;
  • a résumé;
  • copies of all law school and university transcripts (official transcripts are not required); and
  • a list of courses you intend to take in 3rd year.

Applicants may also wish to include written references in their application.

** If you send an application by email, it would be helpful if you could scan your documents into a one or two attachments.

For more information about articling in Toronto, contact Vanessa Payne.

PLEASE NOTE: In the past, we offered an articling position that focused exclusively on criminal law. We no longer offer this position. Articling students may have an opportunity to work with our criminal lawyers during the articling term, but the articling experience will focus primarily on labour law and civil litigation.