DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The work we assign to our students allows them to gradually adapt to the way the firm operates. You will be called on to do research, provide legal opinions, and draft various proceedings on a range of specific issues. You will also be given the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the courts and attend out-of-court examinations.
You will have access to an outstanding legal documentation center equipped with research tools that circulate information between all our offices. Since we are committed to helping you explore your specific interests and aptitudes and find your particular area of expertise, we make every effort to make your work experience as enriching and diverse as possible.
Our articling clerks have more duties and therefore greater responsibility. In addition to conducting essential legal research, you will be assigned actual cases according to your abilities and experience, and will be supervised by a member of the firm. You may also be tasked with fact finding and meeting clients. In addition, you will be called on to identify legal problems on the basis of verified facts and asked to propose solutions and opinions. Naturally, your training as a future professional will also include drafting proceedings and representing clients before the courts. In major litigation cases, you will work in close cooperation with the professional in charge.
Our clerks work in as many areas of expertise as possible to help them determine their preferred fields and their affinities with colleagues. However, in some cases you may be asked to focus on a specific area of expertise.
This way, we seek to spur your interest and motivation, develop your leadership skills, improve your ability to think on your feet and react quickly, make you feel at home in the firm, and fulfill your aspirations. We do everything we can to ensure each and every one of our future professionals fully benefits from the stimulating, collaborative environment found in each of our offices across Quebec.
We believe it is vitally important for clerks to enjoy the support and coaching of all of our firm’s lawyers. In addition to the tutor you are assigned, you will be called on to work closely and directly with each professional. You will be encouraged to consult with colleagues in charge of the cases you handle and can expect them to be attentive, understanding, and available. We take into consideration your preferences and affinities and do our best to satisfy your wishes when assigning work.
We believe that our clerks should have their say and feel that their concerns are taken seriously. That’s why we encourage you to play an active role and provide you with every opportunity to thrive professionally and personally. Our clerks are treated as full-fledged members of our professional staff. In return, we expect you to reflect that acknowledgment in your work and in your dealings with colleagues and clients. In short, we expect our articling clerks to be as committed as our professionals.