Our Exceptional Articling Program in Toronto & Oakville
For more than 90 years, our firm has focused on both insurance defence and personal injury litigation. For this reason, articling students at Will Davidson LLP are provided with an invaluable opportunity to learn the litigation process from the perspective of both a plaintiff and a defendant. Whether working on complex cases for a large insurance company or focusing in on a case for an individual, the practical experience gained by our students better prepares them for a career in litigation.Our students work closely with all of our lawyers on an equal amount of defence and plaintiff matters. Our students are given a great deal of responsibility and independence throughout the term, all while being supervised and mentored by our experienced counsel.
While articling at Will Davidson LLP, articling students will complete a very wide range of tasks and assignments, but of note, they will be asked to conduct legal research, prepare legal documents and argument, prepare for and attend at motions, prepare for and assist with trials, maintain carriage of Small Claims Court matters, and conduct Small Claims Court trials independently. Students also attend at examinations for discovery and mediation with our lawyers to observe and learn more about the processes.
Our students make important contributions and we welcome their energy and enthusiasm.
Positions in Toronto and Oakville
At Will Davidson LLP, we hire two articling students each year. One student will work exclusively in the Toronto office and one student will work exclusively in the Oakville office. We do not offer a rotation between the Toronto and Oakville offices. If a candidate has a preference between the Toronto and Oakville positions, the candidate should submit an application to the appropriate office (please see the date and instructions for applying to each office below).
We typically interview 35 to 40 candidates for the two positions during the prescribed interview weeks.
While academic success is considered when selecting candidates, Will Davidson LLP does not rely on academic performance alone and prides itself on taking a more holistic approach to selecting candidates which includes a review of work experience, life experience and individual interests.
We offer a very competitive compensation package to our students which includes a salary, group benefits, contribution towards a gym membership and payment of bar admission fees and tuition.
How to Apply
Will Davidson LLP complies with the recruitment processes established by The Law Society of Upper Canada. All candidates must also comply with the recruitment rules.
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
All applications must include a cover letter, resume and official law school transcript.
We strongly prefer to receive applications through viLawPortal. Applications can be submitted online at ViLawPortal or hand delivered to: 220 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M5J 2W4 for Toronto Applications, or 1464 Cornwall Road, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5 for Oakville applications.
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 2018 and Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018 and Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Valerie Lord | articled 2015-2016
From day one, my articling experience at Will Davidson was both challenging and fulfilling. The amount of hands on court experience I was exposed to was invaluable to my training. I attended motions on a weekly basis and handled several Small Claim Trials. The lawyers and the entire Will Davidson team were always approachable, and they consistently made time to ensure my success on assignments. The split between Plaintiff work and Defence is truly unique, and allowed me to gain a comprehensive understanding of each file I was working on, whether it was for a institutional client or otherwise. I have come out of my articles with a tremendous amount of knowledge and confidence in my capabilities thanks to the time and support Will Davidson provided me.
Samantha Shatz | articled 2015-2016
Articling at Will Davidson LLP was an unforgettable experience. I enjoyed coming to work and I am grateful for the people at Will Davidson who made my articles so memorable. I felt I was part of the team from day one. Articling with Will Davidson provided me with first class litigation experience and with a variety of opportunities to prepare me for my first year as an Associate. Highlights of my articles include assisting in a two week jury trial, attending court on a weekly basis, and shadowing on mediations, discoveries and pre trials. I also ran a Small Claims Court trial and assisted with a Supreme Court of Canada leave application. Gaining exposure to both Plaintiff and Defence practices allowed for an invaluable experience. Most important, I was given the comfort to ask questions and seek advice from all members of the firm whenever I needed to.
Elisabeth van Rensburg | articled 2014-2015
“I can’t imagine a better articling experience than the one I had at Will Davidson LLP. The firm’s dual-sided practice allowed me to explore my interests in both personal injury and insurance defence practices. I was given as much responsibility as I could demonstrate I was capable of taking on. I was given work that was important and involved in the management of files. I was encouraged to work with all lawyers in the firm. I attended court at least once per week, carried my own Small Claims Court files and conducted interesting legal research. Will Davidson LLP also encourages articling students to attend professional development and CLE events. I attended events put on by the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and Canadian Defence Lawyers. These events were a great opportunity to develop my legal knowledge and network with others in the industry. I came out of articling at Will Davidson LLP feeling like I had received the training necessary to be an excellent lawyer. I am excited to have returned to such a fantastic firm as an Associate on the plaintiff side of the practice.”
Michalea Diakiw | articled 2012-2013
“Articling at Will Davidson LLP is unique to all other articling programs. The firm offers a true split between plaintiff and defence work that you simply cannot find anywhere else. Students are given work from both practices, and are expected to provide the same level of quality work to both sides. I was given far more responsibility than I would at most firms. On the very first day, I was sent to motions court, given carriage of Small Claims matters and provided with a variety of research projects. Over the next month, I prepared to sit second chair on a multimillion dollar arbitration proceeding. At Will Davidson LLP, I was given the opportunity to argue contested motions, attend all available proceedings and was taught to draft legal opinions for institutional clients. The articling program at Will Davidson LLP provides a quality foundation for future lawyers that is hard to rival.”
Meghan Walker | articled 2011-2012
“While articling with Will Davidson LLP, I was given diverse and hands-on assignments which helped me develop my oral and written advocacy skills. As an articling student, I was given guidance and support by all lawyers of the firm, and I was provided with countless opportunities to make meaningful contributions to client files. During my articling term, I assisted with and attended at trial, attended various motions and other court appearances, drafted litigation materials, attended mediations, conducted my own Small Claims Court trial, met with and interviewed clients and conducted complex legal research. From early on, it was evident to me that Will Davidson LLP has worked hard to put together an articling term that puts a strong emphasis on professional development through practical hands-on experiences. Working closely with such talented and friendly lawyers was an extremely rewarding and invaluable experience.”
Scott Frew | articled 2005-2006
“Over the course of my articles at Will Davidson LLP, I was presented with many challenging opportunities including working directly with clients, arguing complex motions in the Ontario Superior Court, and assisting with trials. These experiences allowed me to build a rapport with the clientele and develop skills as a litigator. In terms of a working environment, not only did the lawyers at Will Davidson LLP provide mentorship, they also created an environment where I felt comfortable approaching them with questions. My articling year was truly a memorable experience.”