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Our Student Program

The Ottawa office hires a minimum of three summer students and three articling students each year. Our students do not follow a formal rotational program. Instead, they are exposed to all our areas of practice throughout their summer and articling terms. This ensures that students develop a close working relationship with all of the lawyers in the office. It also provides them with the ability to see files develop from the beginning through to completion.

Our students receive extensive exposure to the following practice areas:

Business Law

Students have the opportunity to work on a variety of business and securities law matters, including incorporating companies, drafting resolutions and closing documents, reviewing commercial agreements, participating in private and public financings and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), assisting with regulatory issues involving securities regulators and stock exchanges and working on secured financing transactions. Students participate as full team members and interact directly with clients.

Communications Law and Policy

Students are involved in a variety of matters relating to broadcasting, telecommunications, radiocommunications, the internet and digital media and are involved in proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada). Students participate in meetings with clients, conduct research on legal, regulatory and policy issues, draft submissions and attend CRTC hearings. They also assist in appellant proceedings arising out of CRTC decisions and orders.

Copyright and Trademarks

Students are involved in copyright licensing matters, tariff proceedings before the Copyright Board, proposed amendments to the Copyright Act and trademark applications and oppositions. Students participate in client meetings, conduct research on copyright and trademark matters, draft submissions and attend hearings. They also assist in appellant proceedings arising out of decisions issued by the Copyright Board and other tribunals that relate to copyright.

Government Relations and Corporate Accountability and Ethics

Students have the opportunity to work on a broad range of government relations matters, as well as issues relating to corporate accountability and ethics. Students monitor political and policy developments, assist in developing strategic communications and planning, engage in crisis and issue management and assist in advocacy (lobbying) on behalf of clients at all levels of government. They are also involved in advising on matters pertaining to public sector ethics, conflict-of-interest codes, lobbyist registration and election and election finance law.

Labour, Employment and Human Rights

Students are involved in all matters related to the representation of employers from both the public and private sector. Students have the opportunity to work in both French and English and to participate in client meetings, mediations, hearings and trials. They also draft pleadings and conduct research on a variety of subjects related to labour and employment law, human rights issues, labour relations and employment standards.

Litigation, Dispute Resolution and White Collar Crime

Students have the opportunity to be involved in all the stages of the civil litigation process from pleadings to trial. A student’s role includes researching legal issues, drafting court documents and attending trials. In addition to civil litigation matters, students also work on commercial arbitrations and white collar crime litigation. During summer and articling terms, students are often exposed to proceedings at all court levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Trade Law

Students assist on files related to international trade law, as well as Canadian laws affecting cross-border trade and investment, including matters pertaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Students are also involved in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, including researching issues under Canadian export control, procurement, customs and economic sanctions law, and they assist on matters relating to anti-bribery and corruption laws. In addition, they contribute to publications and articles on all these matters.

Our goal in working with students is to provide a constructive and friendly environment in which they learn the practice of law and become directly engaged in work for clients.

We also encourage participation in continuing legal education initiatives. Students in the Ottawa office are welcome and encouraged to participate in training programs conducted out of the larger Toronto office.

While the Ottawa office has a globally recognized reputation of excellence in a number of practice areas, it is by no means necessary for students to have any prior exposure to all or even most of these areas of law. Students should have an enquiring mind and an interest in one or more of the above-noted practice areas.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits in keeping with other Ottawa firms.