Articling

“Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Program:

For more than 95 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, our students will complete a wide range of tasks and assignments including, but not limited 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
  • conduct Small Claims Court trials independently
  • attend at examinations for discovery and mediations

Our students make important contributions and we welcome their energy and enthusiasm.

Positions:

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 indicate their preferred office on their application.

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:

The recruitment of articling students is governed by the guidelines of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).

Key dates and information for the 2022/2023 Articling Student Interviews:

Application Deadline: 

  • All applications must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, July 9, 2021.

Application Package:

  • All applications must include a cover letter, resume and official law school transcript.
  • Applications must be submitted through ViLawPortal

Call Day:

  • We will call students to make arrangements for in-firm interviews on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 8:00 am. Students who are not being offered an interview will not be contacted.

Interview Week:

  • Interviews will be conducted for both positions on August 9 and 10, 2021

Offers:

  • Offers will be communicated by telephone at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2021
  • Successful candidates will commence their articling term on Monday, July 25, 2022, for the prescribed 10-month period.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Articling Committee, articling@willdavidson.ca


LIFE AT WILL DAVIDSON

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT WORK…

FIRM-WIDE SOCIALS

Every summer and holiday season, the entire firm gets together to enjoy each other’s company out of the office. This past summer featured a fun-filled afternoon of team-based trivia challenge in Toronto.

SOCIAL & NETWORKING EVENTS

Students are encouraged to attend social/networking events during their time at Will Davidson LLP. These events are an excellent opportunity to become better acquainted with our lawyers, as well as making connections in the Toronto/Ontario legal community.

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