Articling & Summer Programs

Since its inception, the firm has experienced dynamic growth and development. Because we view our articling students as the prime source of our future growth, we place significant emphasis on the training programmes for, and the legal experience given to our students.

Because our firm is a small and fast paced one, there isnt the same hierarchy for student assignments seen at other firms. Our students get hands-on practical experience, direct file handling responsibility, and direct client contact. Our students get opportunities to appear in court and put their advocacy training to work.

In addition, our students get the opportunity to attend with and assist senior lawyers on trials and tribunal proceedings and participate in assisting lawyers on these files from start to finish. Our students work directly with senior partners, and indeed, with all levels of lawyers within our office during the course of their articles.

As a Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP articling student, you will receive comprehensive, practical exposure to our practice. You may assist lawyers in preparation for trials, mediation, arbitrations and hearings and may accompany them into court. Under supervision, you will conduct Small Claims Court litigation and appear frequently before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on motions. You will be exposed to other practical aspects of a litigation practice by meeting and dealing with clients and other lawyers, drafting pleadings, motion materials, factums and memoranda of law. Since there is no formal rotation, students get a chance to have a breadth of experience, from involvement in big files to small files, plaintiff and defence, accident benefit, property and tort.

Student enthusiasm and talents are always welcome at social events including our annual client party and associate retreat.

Our students have told us that the articling experience with us provides them with “hands on,” practical exposure to the practice of law. Articling is treated as the first year of the practice of law as opposed to the fourth year of law school. Our students get practical experience in litigation, with an emphasis on client contact to enable students to hone their skills in developing solicitor-client relationships.

All lawyers in the firm, from senior partners to junior associates, are fully approachable and welcome an opportunity to participate in the students training and legal education. We maintain an “open door” policy throughout the office to provide guidance and direction to students, not only on particular file matters but also on general practice matters. We respect, listen to and give our students the chance to maximize their abilities.

"ZTGH provides articling students great experience by allowing us to spear head challenging tasks - from motions and applications to carriage of files - but also has a strong support network that ensures we are constantly improving on previous efforts, with the goal that only work of the highest quality is done."

Jeremy Shaw, Articling Student 2006/07

* Please contact careers@ztgh.com

Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP abides by the Law Society of Upper Canada's guidelines for firms in Toronto in the recruitment of articling students.

Your Application should include:

  • A cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying;
  • Your resume
  • Copies of your undergraduate and law school transcripts (be prepared to provide an official transcript at an interview, if requested)
  • Any reference letters (optional)
  • A brief writing sample (optional)

* Please ensure that all your application material is in one PDF file. 
* Please address your application to: careers@ztgh.com

Overview

Since inception, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP has experienced dynamic growth and development. Because we view our articling students as the prime source for our firm’s future growth, we place significant emphasis on our training programmes for our students to develop their the legal experience and skills.

Ours is a small and fast-paced firm. We do not have the same hierarchy for student assignments seen at other firms. Instead, our students get hands-on practical experience, direct file handling responsibility, and direct client contact. Our students also get opportunities to appear in court and put their advocacy training to work.

In addition, our students get the opportunity to attend with and assist senior lawyers on trials and tribunal proceedings, and participate in assisting lawyers on these files from start to finish. Our students work directly with senior partners, and indeed, with all levels of lawyers within our office during the course of their articles.

Client Contact

We have confidence in our students. With supervision, our students handle their own Small Claims files in direct consultation with the firm’s clients.

A big part of our firm’s success rests on firm-client interaction. As such, our students will meet and work with our clients throughout. From assisting our lawyers on larger, more complex files, to running smaller files, client relationships are important at every stage.

Students can expect to meet clients during client meetings, mock cross-examinations, client events, discoveries, trials, mediations, etc.

Mentoring

All lawyers in the firm, from senior partners to junior associates, are fully approachable and welcome an opportunity to participate in the training and legal education of our students. We maintain an “open door” policy throughout the office to provide guidance and direction to students, not only on particular file matters, but also on general practice matters. We respect, listen to, and give our students the chance to maximize their abilities.

Our current Articling Committee consists of Brian Yung and Peter Durant, and Thomas Hanrahan, Heather Kawaguchi and Ari Krajden act as our firm’s articling Principals.

Hire Back

Our willingness to hire our students as lawyers is not based on the volume of work at the firm. We will find a place for a student who has exhibited both talent and drive.

Compensation

We pay our students a competitive salary comparable to those paid by large metropolitan firms. We also provide articling students with a dental, health and life insurance plan, and a paid vacation.

Development and Training

As a Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP articling student, you will receive comprehensive, practical exposure to our practice. You may assist lawyers in preparation for trials, mediation, arbitrations and other hearings, and you may accompany them into court. Under supervision, you will conduct Small Claims Court litigation and appear frequently before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on motions. You will be exposed to other practical aspects of our diversified litigation practice by meeting and dealing with clients and other lawyers, drafting pleadings, motion materials, factums and memoranda of law. Since there is no formal rotation, students get a chance to have a breadth of experience, from involvement in big files to small files, plaintiff and defence, accident benefit, property and tort.

We also promote ongoing training through webinars – for example, “Mediation Best Practices” or “The 12-minute Litigator” – and in-house training seminars and lunch and learns.

Social

Student enthusiasm and talents are always welcome at our firm’s social and client events, including: 

  • Annual Client Seminar
  • Summer party
  • Holiday party
  • Softball team

Other Useful Information

Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP maintains a social media presence through our firm’s website, and such vehicles as Twitter and Linked In. We believe strongly in communicating with our clients and our peers in the legal community, and we maintain a blog to share our views on developing trends in the areas in which our lawyers practice.

We invite our students to feel that they should contribute, for example by writing articles for other students for posting on the student page of our website, or by participating in such things as research for articles that will be submitted for publication outside the firm.