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At Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers LLP, the Summer and Articling Program is designed to expose students to every aspect of litigation and to provide them with the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer.
Our student program is extremely important to help graduating students enter the work force with tangible legal training and is an important part of our firm’s development and growth.
We are extremely proud of our program and its success. Over 50% of our current lawyers started through the summer student program and are now an integral part the firm.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Lianna Woollard at [email protected].
Our Summer and Articling Students are provided with practical hands on experience that only a smaller, boutique firm can offer. Students are provided with a wide range of assignments from all lawyers within the firm. They gain valuable experience in drafting pleadings, motion materials, facta and memoranda of law, as well as in the art of oral advocacy. Our students are expected to attend and argue their own motions before Masters of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, conduct Pre-Trials in Small Claims Court and appear on behalf of clients before various Tribunals, including the Canada Pension Plan, Social Benefits and Criminal Injuries.
Students may be given the opportunity to have carriage of their own files under the supervision of the responsible lawyer. Students are always encouraged to sit in and contribute to client meetings, examinaions for discovery, mediations and pre-trials.
With practical legal training through active participation, with guidance of a mentor to provide insight and direction, we provide one of the most practical articling experiences in the city.
“My summer experience at Neinstein was unparalleled because of the practical hands on experience. Not only was I responsible for going to court for motions, but all the lawyers repeatedly included me in their practice which gave me the opportunity to see how my assignments were applied in practice. For example, from writing the mediation briefs to attending the mediation to see the file settle; researching the issues that I watched be examined in a discovery; or listening to new clients tell their stories and then drafting their Statement of Claim. It was a fantastic experience and I felt involved in every step along the way!”
Students can expect to have one lawyer acting as a mentor for them. Typically, all student assignments are approved by the mentor. This way our students are ensured to have a constant, manageable flow of appropriate assignments.
“It was great to have a lawyer mentor who monitored and provided training for all my assignments. In addition to this, I was encouraged by all the lawyers to approach them for assistance every day. The true open door policy made me feel comfortable to ask questions and feel confident about my work because of the constant guidance. The on-the-job training was the best way to learn.”
Who We Are Looking For
We are always looking for ambitious and intelligent students with a keen interest in litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice to join our expanding firm. We typically hire one summer student (who has completed their 2nd year at law school) and one articling student each year. We have a record of hiring from each of the Ontario law schools.
Our compensation package equals or exceeds that of other Toronto firms of a similar size.
The student program at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers also acts as our recruitment system. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers articling program has been extremely successful for both the firm and the students.
Each year we aim to hire one summer student who returns as an articling student and hope that that student will return as an associate the following year. In the past five years, four of the past five articling students have returned to the firm as lawyers. We are confident that at the end of the articling term, our students will have developed a solid foundation for a career in civil litigation and acquired the tools necessary to excel.
“While working at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers I felt like part of the team right from the beginning. I don’t know whether it was the intimate working environment or the many firm events that allowed me to feel comfortable with everyone in a social setting. The events included: lunches, dinners, baseball games, a private movie screening, charity fundraisers, The SickKids Foundation Volleyball Tournament, and monthly birthday celebrations.”