Our articling student will acquire experience in the following practices:
- Banking litigation
- Business law
- Intellectual Property
- Indigenous law
- Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation
- Real Estate
During their articling, students receive work directly from the professionals in the firm who practice law in those fields. Students are welcomed and encouraged to seek out work within their rotation in which they are most interested. In some cases, where appropriate, students continue to carry files from an earlier rotation until they are completed. This is not only more efficient, but also allows students to deal with all aspects of a file from beginning to end.
With a broad clientele of national and multinational organizations, Gowling WLG Hamilton provides students with exposure to a wide variety of industries including:
- Financial Services
- Manufacturing and Technology
The Law Society of Ontario sets the day and time that firms in Hamilton may contact students to arrange for an in-firm interview for articling. Selected candidates are interviewed in accordance with the Law Society of Ontario's Articling Recruitment Procedures.
Gowling WLG Hamilton is an equal opportunity employer. That said, our firm is dedicated to providing equitable opportunities for employment and advancement, and to creating a more inclusive workplace for all our people, as we believe that diverse professional and administrative teams make better decisions. Applicants who are Indigenous, racialized BIPOC, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and persons with a disability are encouraged to self-identify.
We do not expect to participate in the 2023/2024 articling recruitment process. At this time, we do not have any positions available in addition to those we intend to offer to our 2022 summer students. Should you wish to submit an applications, we will be glad to accept it and keep it on file in the event that positions arise in the future. We wish all articling candidates success in their search for an articling position.
External rotations and secondments
To provide our articling students with valuable hands-on corporate experience, we occasionally offer external secondments on an ad hoc basis depending on the availability of suitable opportunities and students, and on resource constraints.
While we do not set a target number of hours for our students, they are generally expected to carry a workload similar to that of our associates. The annual budget for Gowling WLG Hamilton associates is 1750 docketed hours, which means approximately 35 docketed hours per week.
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Gowling WLG provides a rewarding and educational experience. We actively develop our articling students through educational programs that provide insight, evaluation and experience with various areas of the law. Our articling students are also encouraged to define their own development, and to seek out and experience the work in which they are most interested. Each student has a lawyer in the firm who acts as the student's principal and over the course of the articling term, each student is given the opportunity to work with all of our professionals.
Compensation & benefits
Our commitment to our students includes a competitive salary, based on the market rate for students. Articling students receive generous medical and dental benefits, two weeks' paid vacation and a fitness membership subsidy. In addition, we pay the Law Society's Licensing Process Fee for our articling students, as well as their salary for the two-week period around the Solicitor and Barrister Licensing Examinations.
As part of the Gowling WLG Hamilton social program, our students enjoy a range of activities and social events. In the past these have included softball tournaments, curling bonspiels, hockey tournaments, skating events and bowling.
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