Articling Student Program in London, Ontario 2021-2022
Join the growing team at Lakin Afolabi Law to gain valuable hands-on experience and build long lasting connections in the legal community of London!
Ready to Join the Team?
Lakin Afolabi Law Professional Corporation is looking for a dedicated and organized articling student to assist in all aspects of legal work including research, filing applications, providing opinions, drafting letters and memoranda, analysis of legislation, and assisting in the review, resolution and investigation of client files.
This rapidly-growing diverse law office started as a criminal/quasi-criminal practice and has since expanded to include family law, immigration law, and civil litigation. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter with good time management skills and very nicely developed anticipatory skills. More than anything, the ability to take initiative and predict and undertake the next steps in a process without being prompted is imperative in this office.
A strong sense of empathy is necessary as you will be interacting with individuals who are underprivileged, have mental health issues, and are battling addictions. The office environment is easy going, but the work is fast-paced and unpredictable. Students are expected to manage their time well and produce results. The successful candidate will be expected to figure things out independently but will be provided the resources to do so and encouraged to ask questions when unsure. If you are looking to gain hands-on experience in dealing with and resolving real cases – we would love to hear from you.
Below are a few must haves and preferred skill sets that we are looking for:
We are looking for a candidate with a interest in diverse areas of law.
The position is looking for a team member that will take initiative, is conscientious and has anticipatory skills.
The candidate must be eligible to participate in the law society of Upper Canada Articling process.
They will need to have a valid driver’s license (In accordance with Human Rights laws we are open to special accommodation for extenuating circumstances where a candidate is unable to drive).
- Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple complex files
- Time management skills
Research and Problem Solving
- Proactivity in resolving problems without having to be asked to do so
- Research and drafting skills
- Personability and compassion balanced with objectivity
- Fluency in multiple languages of the large immigrant groups in Canada is definitely an asset.
If you have any questions or concerns please email any of our lawyers.
Our main office is located in London, Ontario at 472 Ridout St N.
We also have a satellite location in Kitchener, Ontario and will have another office in Hamilton as of March 1, 2021.
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM (occasional weekend work)
9:00 PM Eastern Time March 15, 2021
March 27, 2021
I’ve come to understand many of the practical aspects of criminal law that cannot be learned simply in the classroom. Seeing the theories and lessons I’ve learned in the classroom applied in the courts is of tremendous value to me as I embark on my own career.
There is simply no replacement to actual courtroom experience. Here, at Lakin’s firm, you get a variety of experiences at a high volume. Managing your time is critical as a defence lawyer, and you get a head start to understanding what that means by working here.
A lot of a lawyer’s work is done behind the scenes, locked up in an office and oftentimes late into the day. Preparation and anticipatory skills is what makes a good lawyer. Working here has taught me that there is absolutely no replacement to meticulous preparation.
How to Apply
Please apply by forwarding your resume, most recent law school and (where available) undergraduate transcripts and a detailed cover letter outlining the nature of your past legal work and your specific interests. Subject line of the email should be “Lakin Afolabi Law Articling Student 2021-22 – LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL”. Also include a writing sample of your draft of comprehensive guilty plea directions. These would be the type of instructions that would be signed by an accused person prior to pleading guilty. These instructions would inform the accused of any consequences that they stand to face as a result of the plea and anything else required by law. Potential employees may be required to complete criminal record and reference checks as part of the pre-employment process. Applications that are not in line with these directions will not be considered. Candidates with ethnic sounding names need not worry about anglicizing them.
Foreign trained/NCA students who will be eligible to start articling on or around August 31, 2021 are encouraged to apply. Applications from unqualified candidates will not be reviewed.
We thank you for your interest in our practice; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information about our practice please visit: www.lakinafolabilaw.com
Perks & Benefits
Experienced and knowledgable legal staff to help mentor and guide your legal career.
Refining Your Skills
We will let you have hands-on experience with working on cases to help you refine and gain valuable skills for your future career.
In a year where we are looking to hire an associate, a candidate that proves indispensible to our practice will be strongly considered.