Articling Law Student
- 43,812.86 - 54,059.46 annually
- City Of Ottawa
Legal Services is a function of the City Clerk and Solicitor Department and involves providing clients with high quality legal services, both preventative and remedial, in a professional and timely manner.
The organizational design of the legal services function includes twenty-three Lawyers, an Office Manager, two Articling Law Students, Prosecutors, Claims Investigators and various support staff including Law Clerks, Insurance Specialist, Legal Conveyancer and Legal Assistants.
We provide legal services to a broad range of clients, encompassing all Departments and Branches of the City, the City Council, and various local boards (including the Ottawa Police Services Board and the Ottawa Public Library Board).
Description of Responsibilities:
The City of Ottawa’s Legal Services Articling Program is open to students who have completed their law degree studies and are preparing for admission to the Bar. The program provides Articling Law Students with an opportunity to work within a broad range of practice areas and instructs students in the professional responsibilities of being a lawyer.
Articling Law Students usually have complete carriage of litigation files within the Small Claims Court jurisdiction. Students have responsibility for other files as assigned and can expect to participate in the preparation for, and attendance at, various tribunals, such as labour relation arbitrations, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, etc. Students are also involved in conducting research, preparing opinions, attending Committees and drafting legislative proposals, and are also required to regularly attend sessions at the Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court.
Our practice areas and services include:
- Administrative Law
- Contract and Procurement Law
- Employment and Labour Law
- Environmental Law
- Litigation and Prosecutions
- Police Law
- Planning and Development Law
- Real Estate and Conveyancing
The City’s Articling placements support the candidate’s fulfillment of the experiential training competencies required by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
We are committed to the Continuing Professional Development of all Legal Services staff. Therefore, we encourage our Articling Law Students to attend programs, activities or seminars offered by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) and/or other continuing legal education providers.
Articling Law Students will benefit from regular reviews that take place between the Students and their Principals to ensure a successful and rewarding articling term.
Education & Experience
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree (or have a Certification of Qualification from the NCA)
Language, Certificates & Licenses
English oral, reading, writing required
Bilingualism is an asset
Have a demonstrated background or interest in municipal government;
- Have strong research, writing and communication skills;
- Be reliable, well-organized and able to work independently;
- Be proficient with MS Office and Westlaw;
Application must include the following, which should be uploaded to an applicant's on-line profile in the e-Recruitment system:
• Cover letter
• Undergraduate transcripts (photocopy of official)
• Law school transcripts (photocopy of official)
• Reference letters (one or two)