Legal Aid Ontario is an increasingly welcoming workplace for articling students

Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2012

This year, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has hired 51 new articling students, and will offer them experience in diverse areas of the law in its offices across the province.

These new articling jobs are good news in today’s economic environment. According to the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario’s law students are finding it increasingly difficult to find articling positions. One in seven law graduates will be without articles in 2013. Furthermore, many areas of Ontario need talented lawyers.

Over the 10 months of their articles at LAO, each student will rotate to two or three other departments or locations within LAO. They’ll have the opportunity to work in LAO’s Family Law Service Centres, on toll-free summary legal advice lines, in community legal clinics and in duty counsel offices, among other options.

In each of these jobs, they will provide clients with a range of supervised services, such as interviewing them to create documentation, reviewing applications, conducting legal research to help their cases, and representing them at hearings.

LAO’s newest articling students got their jobs thanks to an inclusive Lawyer Workforce Strategy initiative that LAO developed three years ago.

“Our goal with this initiative was to attract law students who want to combine their passion for social justice with the opportunity to serve the most vulnerable members of Ontario’s society,” said Sue McCaffrey, LAO Vice President and General Counsel.

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Kristian Justesen
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
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