Young at Law

Summering, articling, networking, mentorship and more - check here regularly for practical tips, insights and ongoing discussion about the issues facing Ontario's law students and new lawyers.

Forging Your Own Path: Alternative routes to big law

Forging Your Own Path: Alternative routes to big law

  • June 06, 2021
  • Rachel Fielding and Alexander Evangelista

Take it from these associates who did not get hired where they had envisioned during their summer or articling recruits: it’s not always a straight line to your dream role, but perseverance – and making the most of the opportunities that come your way – will pay off in the end.

SPILL: Advice for your first-day-on-the-job self

SPILL: Advice for your first-day-on-the-job self

  • March 08, 2021

We asked members of our Young Lawyers Division, if they could go back in time, what helpful heads-up or piece of advice they would offer themselves in making the leap from law school to legal practice.

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The Struggle to Switch Practice Areas in Law and How Other Lawyers Can Help

  • December 04, 2020
  • Erin C. Cowling

If we agree that a lawyer’s whole legal career should not be determined by the articling or first-year position they happened to find – that developing interests, experiences and aptitudes might lead newly called lawyers to a different area of law – shouldn't we be prepared to help them make that transition?

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Access to Justice and Hands-on Education Converge in New Summer Student Program

  • June 25, 2020
  • An interview with Nikki Gershbain, McCarthy Tétrault

Nikki Gershbain, McCarthy Tétrault’s chief inclusion officer, shares details of a pro-bono-focused program, forged in the face of a pandemic, that provides rewarding experiential learning opportunities for students while connecting low-income Canadians with crucial free legal services.