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.
416-593-7221 ext. 1983
Connor received his J.D., M.A., and B.Sc. from Western University.
During his legal studies, Connor worked as a Program Manager for the Sport Solution Clinic where he advocated on behalf of Canadian national team athletes in dispute resolution and appeal procedures. He also served as two-term Class Representative on the Student Legal Society, President of the Entertainment & Sports Law Association, and Chair of both the Sports Committee and Law Games Committee. Connor prides himself on being a resourceful individual who strives to make a meaningful difference to the organizations and individuals he serves.
Connor enjoys golfing and spending weekends at his family cottage. Despite a lifetime of disappointment as a member of Leafs Nation, Connor remains a loyal and hopeful fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
416-593-7221 ext. 1980
Andrew received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.A. (Hons) degree in Professional Writing from York University.
During law school, Andrew developed an interest in advocacy through the Test Case Litigation Program and as a member of the 2019 Walsh Family Law Moot championship team – where he won best appellant factum. Andrew also received the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) prize for excellence in Estate Planning.
Andrew is a dedicated runner, partly to balance his love of eating - both at restaurants in Toronto, on his travels, as well as in his own kitchen where he cooks for family and friends.
416-593-7221 ext. 1981
Taylor received her J.D. from Western University. Prior to law school, Taylor achieved a B.A. (Hons) degree with Distinction in Political Science at Western University. As a result of her hard-work during her undergraduate degree, Taylor was awarded the Harold G. Fox Entrance Scholarship for academic excellence in pre-legal studies.
During law school, Taylor served as a chair on the Merchandising Committee and volunteered with London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. Taylor also served as a chair on the Student Careers Committee where she acted as a liaison between Western Law’s Career & Professional Development Office and the student body.
Taylor enjoys travelling to new places, playing trivia and euchre.
416-593-7221 ext. 1984
Antoine is a graduate of the J.D. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to attending law school, he graduated with High Distinction from an Honors Bachelor of Science program at the University of Toronto.
At law school, Antoine was the recipient of the N.A Taylor Award for academic excellence and contributions to the well-being of his community. He was a Senior Case Worker with the Osgoode Business Clinic, the Vice President of the Real Estate Law Association, and participated in the Lerners cup moot. He was both a Dean’s Fellow for a first-year Property Law class and a Research Assistant, providing in-depth research for the new edition of a textbook. His affinity for business law led him to complete a certificate in Financial Accounting from Harvard Business School.
Antoine enjoys getting out of his comfort zone. Last year, he attended an international law exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Antoine also enjoys cycling, recreational sports and the arts.
416-593-7221 ext. 1982
Natasha received her J.D. from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she completed a B.A. in Criminology with distinction at Simon Fraser University.
At Queen’s, Natasha volunteered as a student caseworker and group leader at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic, where she received two awards - the McDougall Watson Memorial Award and the Dan Soberman Award - for her service.
In her final year of law school, Natasha published an article, “Access to Justice versus Freedom of Contract: A Comparative Analysis of Canada and US Enforcement of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers” in the Canadian Class Action Review and competed in the inaugural Canadian Competition Law Moot, where she was awarded Best Respondent Factum.
Natasha is an aspiring sommelier and enjoys playing piano in her spare time.
416-593-7221 ext. 1985
Brianne received her J.D. from Western University. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) degree from Western University.
During law school, Brianne participated in numerous moot competitions. Notably, she competed and won First Place Respondent in the Chaiton’s LLP Corporate Restructuring Moot. As a member of the Oral Advocacy Committee, Brianne was also responsible for organizing moot competitions, including the First Year Appellate Competition. Brianne volunteered weekly for Pro Bono Students Canada where she assisted self-represented litigants navigate the court system and draft various essential documents.
In her final year, Brianne participated in Western’s law exchange program in Barcelona, Spain. She also worked as a research assistant for a Family Law Professor at Western University, where she researched a niche issue involving the intersection between healthcare and custody and access issues.
Brianne enjoys travelling, yoga, and eating all-you-can-eat sushi.
416-593-7221 ext. 1986
Shawn is an articling student with aspirations of practicing in the construction and real estate fields. He considers himself an entrepreneur who appreciates the unique challenges faced by small and medium-sized businesses. Shawn is a pragmatic problem solver and enjoys helping clients to achieve their business objectives, whether dispute or growth-related.
Shawn received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Windsor in 2019. During his time at the University of Windsor, Shawn held various positions with the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, serving as President in his final year. He is the author of “Access to Justice Meets Opportunity: Reverse Auction Ventures as a Possible Solution to the Unaffordability of Personal Plight Legal Services and Oversupply of Lawyers.” Shawn was also a member of the University of Windsor’s winning team at the 2018 Canada-US Legal Institute’s annual business law case competition.
Shawn is a competitive curler and, among other sports, also plays hockey, softball, golf, and KanJam. He enjoys spending time with his partner and their puppy.
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 second year summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed.
Candidates can submit applications from November 8th, 2019 until November 13th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 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)