Articling Students

Student Articling Programs

O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP is a law firm that offers a broad range of legal services to our clients. We believe that the firm, located in the Town of Oakville, provides an excellent learning environment for articling students, with the opportunity to benefit from a wide range of experiences and close working relationships with the lawyers in the firm. We think that OMH is a great place to learn and work.

Set out below we have expanded upon the reasons as to why O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP would provide you with a high quality articling experience.

Why should you article with O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP?

Legal Training

OMH is a mid-sized regional firm offering services to our clients in a broad range of areas. The result is that articling students at the firm experience all types of practice. The lawyers at the firm are well respected and experienced in their various areas of practice. Working closely with very capable counsel in a firm of this size provides an excellent opportunity for an articling student to develop his or her skills. Students benefit from working with lawyers who specialize in their respective practice areas.

Practical Experience

Unlike some larger firms, OMH provides very practical experience in the practice of law. You will do much more at this firm than sit in the library doing research memoranda. Students are regularly provided with the opportunity to attend at court and to have carriage of files under a supervising lawyer with direct client contact.

Location - Town of Oakville

The Town of Oakville is a dynamic, growing community with ample opportunity for business development. On the personal side, it also happens to be a wonderful place to live and work. Deciding to article in Oakville is a positive lifestyle choice and many of the lawyers in our firm live in Oakville or other municipalities in the Region of Halton. If you find yourself "turned-off" by the thought of long commutes and the crowded, downtown Toronto environment, Oakville may be the place for you.

Mentoring

The lawyers of OMH have a long-standing commitment to work closely with the articling students at the firm. We have a well-established open door policy for our students and each other. We find that this policy allows for each articling student to engage all of the lawyers here and develop a mentor relationship naturally which helps to ensure that the student gets as much support as necessary.

Hire-Back

Many of the lawyers at OMH began their legal careers with the firm through our articling program. We believe that this is the best way to develop and expand our firm. Approximately half the lawyers at OMH are former articling students of the firm.

Firm Culture

For all of the reasons set out above, OMH is an excellent place to complete your articles. However, perhaps one of the greatest strengths of OMH is its firm culture.

We are committed to the well-being of each and every person who works at the firm and are determined to make the work environment an enjoyable place to be. There is a long tradition in this regard as is evidenced by the extremely low turnover of support staff and the number of long-time employees.

We work hard, but we don't forget to have some fun along the way. OMH has a very active and creative social committee. Social events at the firm have included everything from fine dining at our Christmas parties to croquet and bocce ball barbecues on the front lawn of our premises. We have escaped from locked rooms, cruised the great lakes, ridden the iron horse through the Credit Valley, walked the tight ropes in Blue Mountain, attended the horse races at Mohawk Raceway and taken in a show at Stage West, among numerous other events.

The lawyers and staff of OMH enjoy being together and this translates into a very positive work environment. The deadline to apply for an articling student position usually falls at the beginning of May in each year. For the 2018/2019 term, please be advised that the deadline for applications is 5:00PM on Friday May 5, 2017. Please send your application to the attention of James McAskill. Your application should include a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts and reference letters.