Our Toronto office offers positions to both summer and articling students.

We seek to hire summer students who will return to the firm to article, and we seek to hire articling students who will continue with the firm as associates and ultimately become partners. With those goals in mind, we strive to provide to our students the best possible training and professional development programs. We want our summer students to develop a fundamental understanding of the practice of law before returning to law school, and we want our articling students to develop the skills to enable them, at the completion of their articles, to commence practice as highly capable professionals providing the quality of service that our clients deserve and expect.

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Summer Program

Program Description

Our summer program is intended to serve as an introduction to the practice of law. Most of our summer students have little, if any, previous experience in a law firm, and our summer program is designed as the first step in the transition from the academic study of law to the practice of law.

Our summer students are treated as articling students in virtually all respects. The size of our Toronto office enables our summer students to work directly with senior lawyers, as well as associates. Summer students receive the same range of work as our articling students, and we encourage our summer students to explore specific areas of interest – to see whether a particular type of law is as interesting in practice as in the classroom. Each summer student has the benefit of a supervising lawyer who acts as a mentor and provides guidance and feedback to the student over the course of the summer. Our summer students are, of course, encouraged to participate in the firm's various social activities.

During the summer, we present a series of weekly seminars, coordinated by our national Director of Student Programs and tailored specifically for our summer students, to discuss practice-related topics such as conflicts of interest, the business of law, professional civility and courtesy, risk management, and effective client communication. Our students are also encouraged to attend other firm-wide in-house professional development seminars.

We hope that our summer students will return to law school with a fundamental understanding of the practice of law that will serve as a solid foundation for their articling experience.

Compensation and Benefits

Summer students’ salaries and benefits are competitive with those of other major Toronto firms, and are reviewed regularly.

Offices and Administrative Support

We endeavour to provide our summer students with their own offices. All of the firm’s administrative resources are available to our summer students as required.

Hireback Ratios

All of our summer students have been offered the opportunity to return to article with the firm and, with the exception of clerks, all of our summer students have returned to article with the firm.

Applications

We will be participating in the on-campus interview (OCI) and in-firm process of the 2L recruitment cycle in 2021 for our 2021 summer student class.

Articling Program

Program Description

We strive, through our articling program, to train highly capable, practice-ready lawyers who will remain with the firm as associates and ultimately become partners. Our articling program enables our students to complete the transition from the academic study of law to the practice of law. Most of our students take their first step in that transition as summer students and then return to the firm to article.

Our articling students do not follow a structured rotation during their articles. We encourage our students to work in as many practice areas as possible, with both our solicitors and our litigators.

From our solicitors, our articling students gain experience in a wide range of commercial transactions and corporate matters, and have the opportunity to develop their drafting skills by documenting various transactions, including purchases and sales of businesses and of residential and commercial real estate.

From our litigators, our articling students learn the art of oral and written advocacy, as well as strategic considerations relating to the litigation process. Our students become involved in the entire gamut of the litigation process, from briefing the law, to drafting pleadings, to assisting in the conduct of examinations for discovery and trial. Our students also gain valuable experience by appearing in court on contested and non-contested motions and conducting trials in provincial court.

Resources

All of our firm’s administrative resources are available to our articling students as necessary.

Our firm law library is administered by a professional law librarian and experienced library professionals, who assist our students and lawyers across Canada. Online research is, of course, available and all of our students are trained in using and searching computer databases, including Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.

Professional Development

The professional development of our students is a priority. Our national Director of Student Programs coordinates a series of seminars for our articling students designed to reinforce the training provided in our summer student seminars and to provide instruction and guidance on other practice-related topics. We drill down on topics previously covered in our summer student seminars, such as conflicts of interest, the business of law, professional civility and courtesy, risk management, and effective client communication, and discuss additional topics such as advocacy, solicitors’ opinions, commercial closings, and drafting pleadings. Our students are also encouraged to attend other firm-wide professional development seminars and presentations.

Evaluation and Feedback

We feel that providing effective, constructive feedback to our articling students is essential. We obtain formal evaluation feedback from the lawyers for whom our students have worked, and we share the relevant feedback with each student. We also encourage our lawyers to provide informal feedback to our students about their work product and performance.

Compensation and Benefits

Our articling students’ salaries and benefits are competitive with those of other major Toronto firms, and are reviewed regularly. The firm compensates for time spent in practical training courses or in studying for the bar exams, and related fees.

Hireback Ratios

Over the past three years, the majority of our Toronto articling students have accepted offers to remain with the firm as associates.

Applications

We have hired all of our articling students for 2021-2022, and are not considering further applications at this time. 

Current Students

Articling Students 2021 - 2022

Nicky Kim
 

Nicky Kim
Osgoode Hall
+1 416 369 5264 
nicky.kim@dlapiper.com

David La Fontaine    David Lafontaine
Western University
+1 416 365 3519 
david.lafontaine@dlapiper.com
Thomas Prentice 

Thomas Prentice
Osgoode Hall
+1 416 941 5417
thomas.prentice@dlapiper.com

Kimia Veisinezhad 

Kimia Veisi Nezhad
University of Toronto
+1 416 369 5296 
kimia.veisinezhad@dlapiper.com

Noa Weingarten

Noa Weingarten
Western University 
+1 416 862 3395
noa.weingarten@dlapiper.com

Rownock Zamani

Rownock Zamani
University of Ottawa
+1 416 941 5408
rownock.zamani@dlapiper.com

 

Summer Students 2021

  • Bamdad Attaran - University of Ottawa
  • Alexis Bass - Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Elexa Clement - Western University
  • Sophie Gadbois - University of Ottawa
  • Diane Hwang - University of Ottawa
  • Christopher Liang - McGill University
  • Wendy Shin - University of Toronto
  • Alexandra Steinberg - University of New Brunswick

Contact Us

If you have questions about our Toronto Student Program, please contact Bonnie Lussier, at 604.643.6300 or bonnie.lussier@dlapiper.com. We have hired all of our articling students for 2021-2022, and are not considering further applications at this time.

The Student Recruitment and Development Committee:

  • Stephen Morris (Chair)
  • Geoff Mowatt 
  • Adrienne Woodyard 
  • Bentley Gaikis
  • Grace Latimer
  • Gabriella Levkov
  • Christopher Pejovic
  • Jennifer Seal

Accessibility

DLA Piper Canada is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Kathryn Buchan, Office Administrator, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Kathryn can be reached by telephone at 416-941-5411 and by email at kathryn.buchan@dlapiper.com. We will work with all applicants to accommodate their individual accessibility needs.