The Montréal office is focused on three broad practice areas, each of which is comprised of a number of specialty groups, Business Law, Advocacy and Intellectual Property. With a broad clientele of national and multinational organizations, Gowling WLG provides students with exposure to a wide variety of industries including; Energy, Financial Services, Government Relations, Infrastructure, Mining, Manufacturing, Technology and Life Sciences.
In Business Law you will be exposed to most, but perhaps not all, areas of business law, which includes:
- General corporate/commercial
- Corporate finance
- Financial services
- Real estate
- Environmental law
In Litigation, you will gain experience in most areas of our litigation practice, such as:
- Commercial litigation
- Banking litigation
- Employment and labour law
- Insurance and professional liability
- Product liability
- Health law
- Class actions
And finally, our Intellectual Property practice covers areas such as:
- Industrial design
Successful applicants to the articling program begin their six-month placement after writing their Bar Admission exams. To broaden their exposure to the firm's areas of practice, articling students work in different practice areas over the program term. Whenever possible, students are given the opportunity to focus on their practice area of choice.
Each year, the Montréal office selects approximately eight to ten students to do their articling at the firm. This small number allows us to hire those who successfully complete their articling with us. Gowling WLG is party to the recruiting agreement for law firms of the Montréal region. Gowling WLG recruits in accordance with any and all applicable law society guidelines.
Gowling WLG Montréal 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.
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Our comprehensive seminar program spans a wide variety of practice areas, and our constructive mentoring programs provide students with opportunities to work with – and learn from – our diverse and experienced professionals. Our students are also encouraged to define their own development, and to seek out and experience the work in which they are most interested. Gowling WLG is committed to providing comprehensive guidance and feedback to each student with respect to the work assigned.
Compensation & benefits
Our commitment to our articling students includes a competitive salary, based on the market rate for articling students. Furthermore, Gowling WLG established a guideline for agile working. The goal is to ensure a balance between working in the office and working remotely. Moreover, articling students at Gowling WLG, have access to a broad range of social benefits such as reimbursement of medical and dental care, telemedicine, access to mental health services and more. We reimburse tuition fees and books as well.
Gowling WLG offers a great opportunity for students to challenge their minds and test their abilities in a friendly atmosphere.
As part of the Gowling WLG social program, our articling students enjoy a range of activities, orientation programs and social events.
Savleen Kaur Sur
University of Montréal
Valérie Robert Pisciuneri
University of Sherbrooke
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