Life at Lenczner Slaght
At Lenczner Slaght, our articling and summer students play a vital role in the day-to-day life of our firm. Working alongside our lawyers at all stages of the litigation process, students draft pleadings and factums, prepare motion records and conduct legal research. Articling students attend court on opposed and unopposed motions, trials, appeals, arbitrations and other hearings. All students meet with clients and witnesses, attend examinations for discovery, take on small claims court files for our clients and regularly accompany lawyers to every level of court, as well as to various tribunals.
Because Lenczner Slaght focuses solely on litigation, we have no rotation system – although any student who is interested in a particular area of our practice is encouraged to pursue it. Every student will be exposed to a wide variety of practice areas and lawyers while at the firm. They will take on a wide range of important responsibilities that share one common theme: intensive exposure to the litigation process. At the end of the day, our goal is to nurture future advocates whose dedication and enthusiasm mirror our own.
For another perspective, you may want to read this article on how firms of various sizes offer different kinds of experiences to articling students.
The Social Network
Because Lenczner Slaght remains a relatively small and close-knit firm, students quickly become part of the professional and social fabric of the office. The collegial atmosphere is reinforced by a regular cycle of informal events designed to help everyone get to know each other a little better outside of work. Our organized social activities include a summer celebration, the firm's annual Winterfest event and our end-of-year Holiday Party. We also host a barbecue for our summer and articling students, and throughout the year we organize pub nights, bowling tournaments and other gatherings.
Every second Friday, the lawyers, students and senior administrative staff come together for a delicious lunch. With no agenda or speakers, it's simply a chance to catch up on what is going on with your colleagues and often to engage in lively debate about the law. In the same spirit, lawyers regularly invite students out for lunch, coffee or dinner. Impromptu events are also often organized to celebrate good news, or just to break up a long winter.