Overview

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.

 Professional Development

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
 Mentoring

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 Blaneys?

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
  Our Students

Maria-Christina Christodoulou

mchristodoulou@blaney.com 

Maria is a law student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) with distinction from the University of Toronto, majoring in Ethics, Society and Law, and Philosophy. 

At law school, Maria has acted as an assistant editor for the Law Review and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. She also received an academic excellence award for highest standing in her first year Public Law class. 

Maria enjoys trying new restaurants and spending time outdoors.

Pejman (PJ) Esfandiari

pesfandiari@blaney.com 

PJ is a JD/MBA student at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University.

At law school, PJ competed in the Davies’ Annual Corporate/Securities Law Moot, as well as in the Donald G.H. Bowman Tax Moot. He also served as both a client recruiter and a caseworker in the Osgoode Venture Capital Clinic. He was a member of several student clubs, including the Legal and Literary Society, the Osgoode Business Law Society, the Osgoode Mooting Society, the Osgoode Society for Corporate Governance, and the JD/MBA Students’ Association.

PJ is an avid basketball fan.

Alex Fernet Brochu

afernetbrochu@blaney.com 

Alex is a law student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montreal in Psychology.

Alex worked as a case worker for the Law Students' Legal Advice Clinic as a first year law student. She subsequently became a supervisor at the clinic and was responsible for training new caseworkers. She recently completed the clinic’s credit program and ran her first two criminal trials.

Alex enjoys long distance running, reading novels and experimenting with baking.

Nicholas Reynolds

nreynolds@blaney.com 

Nicholas is an LL.M. student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. A recent graduate of the school’s J.D. program, he also holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from U of T.

During law school, Nicholas worked as a teaching assistant, a caseworker at Downtown Legal Services’ Tenant Housing Division, an editor for the Law Review and was also selected as a Junior Fellow at Massey College, U of T’s graduate college. His work has been featured in a number of industry and academic publications, including the Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and the Canada Business Law Journal.

An avid fan of Toronto sports teams, Nicholas also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Andrae Shaw

ashaw@blaney.com 

Andrae is a law student in the JD program at Osgoode Hall law school. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from York University. Prior to law school, Andrae worked as a Practice Management Associate at a medical organization where he assisted physicians in converting their offices to electronic medical records.

At law school, Andrae participated in the Lerner's Cup Moot where he won the top appellant's award for his section. During his first year at Osgoode, he worked as a case worker at the Community and Legal Aid Clinic and later went on to become a division leader in the criminal division. As a division leader, Andrae gained valuable experience representing clients charged with criminal summary offences at the Ontario Court of Justice. He has appeared on simple adjournments, peace bond hearings, and sentencing hearings.

Andrae enjoys learning about new technology and playing track and field sports.

Matthew Tapia

mtapia@blaney.com 

Matthew is a law student in the dual JD program at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy. He holds an Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Criminology.

At law school, Matthew was a junior member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Detroit Mercy Law Review, and received the Sengstock Award for excellence in legal writing for his article, “The Good Faith Doctrine: A Positive Duty to Disclose Would Protect the Reasonable Expectations of Parties During Contract Performance,” which will be published this coming year. Matthew is also an active member of the Student Law Society (SLS) and currently presides as Chair to the SLS Committee.

Matthew enjoys all things sports as well as spending time with family and friends.  

Matthew Wilks

mwilks@blaney.com 

Matthew is a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University in Law & Society.

At law school, Matthew worked as a Dean’s Fellow for Professor Angela Swan’s first year Contract Law class, putting together mentoring sessions to help new law students acclimate to their studies. Matthew volunteered at the access-to-justice initiative JusticeNet and completed the Sports Law Program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.

Prior to law school, Matthew worked in the City of Markham’s Recreation Services as a supervisor and developed a passion for mentoring youth. He enjoys reading comics, Haruki Murakami novels, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 Summer Student Recruitment

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
studentrecruit@blaney.com

Summer student applications should include the following (please submit all of your application materials in one pdf document):

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Copies of official undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • Names and contact information of 2 references (reference letters are not required but are welcome)      

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2017-2018 articling student recruitment process.

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