Current and former students will be one of the best resources for you to find out what a firm is really like. Here’s what our articling students have to say about us and their experience at Aird & Berlis LLP:Luciana Amaral, 2010 and 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (University of Windsor) "My experience at A&B has truly been one of a kind. Nowhere else can you obtain the Bay Street firm experience in such a close-knit, collegial environment. The firm provides valuable exposure to structuring transactions, drafting contracts and litigation materials, and managing clients. Despite the challenges, students are not alone. A variety of resources are available to assist students, including librarians, law clerks, and assistants – all of whom are always willing to lend a helping hand. This teamwork atmosphere is further fostered by the incredible mentors that each student is paired up with. My mentors have played a key role in teaching me the essential skills and techniques to master the legal craft. As a result, I have grown and developed both personally and professionally. Overall, I am honoured and grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the profession." Chris Berrigan, 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (Western University)"At A&B, students are given the opportunity to get involved in a variety of matters in various practice areas. The flexibility of the summer program allows students to learn about different areas of the law, while also developing their own areas of interest before returning to article. Students often take an active role in matters, working directly with senior members of the firm. This close connection helps students build positive mentoring relationships with highly skilled practitioners, and allows the student to learn about the law through experience. The environment at A&B is supportive and collegial among students, lawyers and staff. This provides a great work experience for those at the firm and ultimately provides A&B’s clients with superior legal services."
Meghan Cowan, 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (University of Ottawa)"I chose Aird & Berlis primarily for its collegial and friendly work environment. I had a very rewarding summer experience at the firm. The partners and associates were welcoming and approachable. My mentors oversaw my transition into the firm’s culture, providing me with the confidence to succeed in my work. My summer experience also benefited from the relationship that I enjoyed with my student colleagues. The students were encouraged to work as a team which allowed for collaboration. Finally, I was impressed by the flexibility of the firm’s student program. The structure of the program allows students to explore different areas of practice. I took advantage of this to gain a broad exposure to the diverse opportunities offered at A&B, a fundamental first step in my legal career." Brett Kenworthy, 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (Osgoode Hall)"During the OCI process, I strived to find a firm where I would enjoy the “right fit”. My ideal firm would provide a supportive and collaborative work environment where students have a significant amount of autonomy, responsibility and challenging work. Aird & Berlis has provided this environment. I have found the staff and lawyers to be welcoming, supportive and responsive to student concerns. The dual mentoring system at Aird & Berlis has enhanced my professional development as I benefit from twice the advice and insight. The entrepreneurial spirit of the firm encourages and rewards students who proactively pursue opportunities for growth and development. Aird & Berlis is committed to the success of its students and it is a great place to build a legal career!"
Jesse Rosensweet, 2010 and 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (University of Toronto) "During my time as a summer student at A&B I had the opportunity to work on a wide range of files across many practice areas. The structure of the firm provides students the opportunity to work directly with partners on smaller matters. On larger files “lean” team staffing allows students and new associates to get more deeply involved in files. Ongoing mentoring by outstanding practitioners provides the best articling experience: one in which students develop necessary skills and learn their trade."
Vedran Simkic, 2011 Summer Student, 2012/2013 Articling Student (Queen’s University) "My summer experience at A&B surpassed my expectations. It was truly a great and rewarding experience. As students we were encouraged to seek out work on our own which provided us with the opportunity to explore a variety of areas of law. At A&B there is not a rigid hierarchy between junior and senior lawyers. This gives students the choice of working with virtually any lawyer in the firm. In addition, the mentorship program at A&B enhanced my summer experience as the mentors were available for assistance practically at any time, and provided great advice throughout the summer. The mentors are patient, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. As students we were offered the chance to get to know many individuals we work with by attending social events organized by the firm, which included days at the beach and gatherings at lawyer’s homes. I could not be happier with my summer experience and my decision to work at A&B."