Articling Law Student
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Office of the City Clerk, Legal Services, Legal Operations & Support Services Branch
2 Full-time Temporary Positions (2021-2022 Articling Positions) - 35.00 hours/week
$44,688.28 to $55,140.54 annually (2019 rates of pay)
City Hall,110 Laurier Avenue West
Legal Services is a function of the City Clerk and Solicitor Department and involves providing clients with
high quality legal services, both preventative and remedial, in a professional and timely manner.
The organizational design of the legal services function includes twenty-three Lawyers, an Office Manager,
two Articling Law Students, Prosecutors, Claims Investigators and various support staff including Law Clerks,
Insurance Specialist, Legal Conveyancer and Legal Assistants.
We provide legal services to a broad range of clients, encompassing all Departments and Branches of the
City, the City Council, and various local boards (including the Ottawa Police Services Board and the Ottawa
Public Library Board).
Description of Responsibilities:
The City of Ottawa’s Legal Services Articling Program is open to students who have completed their law
degree studies and are preparing for admission to the Bar. The program provides Articling Law Students
with an opportunity to work within a broad range of practice areas and instructs students in the professional
responsibilities of being a lawyer.
Articling Law Students usually have complete carriage of litigation files within the Small Claims Court
jurisdiction. Students have responsibility for other files as assigned and can expect to participate in the
preparation for, and attendance at, various tribunals, such as labour relation arbitrations, the Ontario
Municipal Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, etc. Students are also involved in conducting
research, preparing opinions, attending Committees and drafting legislative proposals, and are also required
to regularly attend sessions at the Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court.
Our practice areas and services include:
- Administrative Law
- Contract and Procurement Law
- Employment and Labour Law
- Environmental Law
- Litigation and Prosecutions
- Police Law
- Planning and Development Law
- Real Estate and Conveyancing
The City’s Articling placements support the candidate’s fulfillment of the experiential training competencies
required by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
We are committed to the Continuing Professional Development of all Legal Services staff. Therefore, we
encourage our Articling Law Students to attend programs, activities or seminars offered by the Law Society
of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) and/or
other continuing legal education providers.
Articling Law Students will benefit from regular reviews that take place between the Students and their
Principals to ensure a successful and rewarding articling term.
Education & Experience
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree (or have a Certification of Qualification from the NCA).
Language, Certificates & Licenses
English oral, reading, writing
Designated – specific level of language proficiency:
French oral, reading
English oral, reading, writing
Candidates who do not meet language requirements will be required to participate in training.
Knowledge, Competencies & Skills
Have a demonstrated background or interest in municipal government;
- Have strong research, writing and communication skills;
- Be reliable, well-organized and able to work independently;
- Be proficient with MS Office and Westlaw;
Application must include the following, which should be uploaded to an applicant's on-line profile in
the e-Recruitment system:
- Cover letter
- Undergraduate transcripts (photocopy of official)
- Law school transcripts (photocopy of official)
- Reference letters (one or two).
If this opportunity matches your interest and profile please apply online by using the "Apply"
button. If this is your first online application please refer to our resources on how to apply for jobs online.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process
will be contacted.
The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services by establishing a qualified workforce that
reflects the diverse population it serves. The City encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the
HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.