Our student programs are flexible and allow you to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while exploring your own interests. We encourage students to reach out to lawyers in practice areas they would like to learn more about or with whom they are interested in working. You will receive interesting and practical hands-on experience in our diverse practice areas:
Litigation & Advocacy: You will be exposed to commercial litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, insolvency, environmental law, family, wills & estates, immigration and aboriginal law.
Real Estate & Business Law: You will be exposed to a mix of corporate and commercial law, taxation, real estate and employment & labour law.
We believe that our students should be involved in all facets of our practice. Our students are continuously challenged and will become involved in matters of increasing complexity and responsibility as their abilities develop. Examples of assignments given to students include:
- Handle your own small claims court files with supervision
- Draft correspondence, pleadings, motion records, facta and research memos
- Attend discoveries, mediations, pre-trials and hearings before courts and tribunals with our experienced lawyers
- Assist with both corporate and real estate closings
- Draft corporate contracts as well as director and shareholder resolutions
We treat summer and articling students similarly in terms of assignments and level of responsibility, except for the restrictions on rights of appearance before courts imposed by the Law Society.
Summer Student Program: We try to match you with a lawyer in your chosen practice area in either our corporate/real estate or litigation practice areas as we feel the summer is too short for a formal rotation system. That said, we are flexible and allow you to seek out work in any and all areas of interest during your summer experience.
Articling Student Program: We maintain a flexible individually-tailored rotation system in our two primary practice areas: litigation and business law.
Blaney McMurtry LLP is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Please contact our Human Resources department at 416-593-7221 to discuss any accommodation needs.
We provide a comprehensive orientation during your first week with us as well as ongoing seminars which focus on both skills development and keeping abreast of legal developments across our practice areas. Examples of our seminar topics during your orientation and beyond include:
- Small Claims Court Procedure & Advocacy
- Expert Evidence for Litigators
- Preparing For Your First Civil Trial
- Basic Corporate Law
- Strategic Legal Writing
- Drafting and Uses of Boilerplate Clauses
Blaneys is committed to your development as a professional. All students are teamed with a formal mentor. These are typically associates who still recall what it was like when they were in your shoes. Our mentoring program allows you to establish an ongoing relationship with a more experienced member of our firm. We also encourage you to build relationships and develop informal mentorships during your summer and articling experiences.
Why Choose Blaneys?
- You will receive substantive hands-on assignments from day one
- You can explore areas of interest from amongst our diverse practice areas
- You will work in your own office with the same tools and support that are available to our associates
- We offer a competitive salary and other benefits
- We have an informal, collegial work culture; our lawyers are generally approachable and have open door policies
What Kind of Student Thrives at Blaneys?
- You are committed to providing exceptional client service
- You have an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude and are open to taking on new challenges to deepen your learning
- You take ownership over your work – you treat assignments as if they were your own in terms of your responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-up and initiative in exploring creative ways to resolve our clients’ legal issues
- You have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that law is both a profession and a business
Brandon received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Nipissing University.
Brandon was a student caseworker in the Housing Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services where he assisted clients to resolve housing issues through negotiation, mediation and hearings before the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Stephanie received her law degree from the University of Sussex in the UK. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Political Science and Criminology at the University of Toronto. While completing her undergraduate degree, she studied Italian at the Università degli Studi di Siena in Tuscany.
At law school, Stephanie was a finalist in the Trans-Atlantic Criminal Advocacy Competition where she represented her school against visiting U.S. law schools. She was vice-president of the Canadian Student Law Society, a mentor for her peers in the University of Sussex Advocacy Competition, and partnered with a professor on a research article for the International Network for Hate Studies.
Megan is a graduate of the B.C.L/LL.B program at the McGill University Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, Megan attended New York University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Bioethics.
At McGill, Megan worked as a research assistant for Professor Richard Gold, where she conducted a literature review on the intersection of patent law, biotechnology, and personalized medicine. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Allison Christians in the area of international taxation. Megan represented McGill at the Warren K. Winkler Class Action Moot and provided legal advice to a women’s shelter in Montreal.
Alex attained his law degree from Western University and holds an undergraduate degree in Honours Business Administration. During law school, he was active in a variety of competitions, earning recognition in both written advocacy and negotiation. He also published an article on the evolving demands of franchisor disclosure through the Ontario Bar Association.
Horatiu received his J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law, and his B.A. (Hons.), with distinction, from the University of Toronto, majoring in History and Sociology.
At Queen’s, Horatiu obtained a certificate in International Business Law through the Global Law Program at Herstmonceux Castle in England. He has won awards in Trial Advocacy, Securities Regulation, and Criminal Law. Horatiu also served as the co-president of the Corporate Law Club, volunteered as an editor for the Queen’s Law Journal, and performed at Lawlapalooza, a yearly talent show organized by Queen’s Law students in support of local charities in Kingston, Ontario.
Jaclyn graduated from the University of Windsor and completed a semester abroad in Lucerne, Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.
At law school, Jaclyn received an award for best written factum in a moot competition. She was a member of the external outreach committee which supports the Downtown Mission in Windsor. She also headed the paint club at Windsor Law.
Jessica completed her JD jointly with a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information, and Technoculture (MIT) at the University of Western Ontario.
At Western, Jessica participated in various moots, including Lerners Cup, where she was awarded top oralist, and the Gale Cup, where her team advanced to the finals. She also worked as a first-year caseworker at Western’s Community Legal Services, a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy course, and a Research Assistant in the areas of intermediated securities and international tribunals.
Please note that Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in this year’s OCI and Interview Week recruitment process. However, we are still planning to hire up to 7 summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed.
Candidates can submit applications from November 11th, 2016 to November 18th, 2016 to Alva Orlando as follows:
Ms. Alva Orlando
Professional Development & Research Partner
Summer student applications should include the following (please submit all of your application materials in one pdf document):
- Cover Letter
- Copies of official undergraduate and law school transcripts
- Names and contact information of 2 references (reference letters are not required but are welcome)
Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2017-2018 articling student recruitment process.