We strive to involve our students in the practice and development of the areas of law in which we are involved. Our students will not only be expected to assist in research, drafting, and preparation of cases, but will also be encouraged to attend with lawyers at hearings, and at trials, and examinations for discovery. Students will take part in client interviews, and will be involved in drafting legal opinions and memoranda, pleadings, and facta. Students may attend at court before Masters and be given Small Claims and administrative law matters to carry. In addition to hands-on training, students are invited to participate in our in-firm continuing professional development program. With our small size and small student pool, we have students take on meaningful client work, and treat students as key members of our team.
Our students will be assigned a single mentor for the duration of the summer term or articling year. The mentor will be responsible for ensuring that their student is receiving an appropriate amount and range of work, and also for assisting their student with any problems that might arise from time to time, although students receive work directly from all of the lawyers in our firm. Students will receive feedback on their work from the assigning lawyer on a project-by-project basis. In addition, students will receive formal performance evaluations from their mentor at intervals throughout the articling year.
In addition to formal mentoring, we support peer mentoring, at all stages of practice. Our junior lawyers (most of whom were students here) and support staff are especially generous with their time and guidance for students. Moreover, our culture is one of discussion and debate: we regularly turn to our colleagues to provide experience, support, and strategic advice on cases, during lunchtime discussions and informal brainstorming sessions.