Student Week on Slaw: What Do Law Firms Look For?

LAWPRO is pleased to take part in Slaw’s Student Week. We’ve made an effort to reach out to students and new lawyers by creating a student issue of LAWPRO Magazine for the law schools, and this week we’ll post some of the articles from those issues. They contain practice management and risk management content aimed at helping students make the transition to becoming a practicing lawyer and getting their careers off on the right foot.

Law students – like all students – are prone to anxiety about their career prospects. High-profile news about the employment challenges faced by new grads in the U.S. and changes in the articling requirements for Ontario have combined to create a climate of worry.

But worrying about trends and generalizations can obscure the fact that the employment relationship is, in essence, an interpersonal relationship. Each successful employer/employee match happens because an individual firm takes a chance on an individual lawyer for reasons that are not only unique, but also personal, and sometimes instinctive.

We spoke with law firms across the province about their recruitment strategies, priorities, and philosophies. what emerged from that discussion was the realization that there is considerable variety in the factors that inspire a firm to make an offer to a particular candidate.

Considering the limitless variety of law school graduates, we figure that’s good news. Read the profiles that follow to see what some Ontario firms are looking for.

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