Our Culture and You
As a student articling with Ross & McBride LLP you will have access to legal professionals of the highest calibre in their field. You will experience a high degree of autonomy and responsibility while being supported by excellent resources. Under the tutelage and management of an articling principal, each student’s experience is different, and your articling program can be focused and tailored toward your particular area of interest.
From your first day you will be engaged with experienced litigators in the Criminal, Employment, Personal Injury, Family, and Civil and Commercial Litigation departments. You will be able to attend Court and tribunals, address matters, and advocate on behalf of clients in a manner that provides you with a sense of responsibility and ownership of a file. Indeed, you can carry your own Small Claims Court matters, yet still be called upon to conduct research, draft documents, and even attend with lawyers in the Superior Court of Justice to be part of a team working on a complicated motion or Trial, or sit in on a hearing before the Court of Appeal of Ontario.
If you are interested in Commercial and Real Estate Transactions you will be encouraged to work on aspects of those deals and closely with the lawyer in charge of a matter. Many of our commercial and real estate lawyers are senior members of the Bar, with decades of experience, who are able to teach and hone your development. Asset sales, share purchases, and mergers & acquisitions are daily occurrences here at the firm – your involvement is encouraged.
Without a formal rotation program, you can work in every practice group. If you are interested in both solicitor and litigation work you can be actively involved in both areas at the same time, which offers you varying perspectives on a number of matters.
Articling at Ross & McBride
Ross & McBride and its predecessors have been part of the Hamilton legal landscape for over a century.
Our 45 lawyers practice in a variety of fields including Corporate and Commercial Law; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Matrimonial Law; Criminal Law; Charities & Non-profit Law; Personal Injury Law; Labour, Employment & Human Rights Law; Estates and Trusts; and Real Estate Law.
Ross & McBride’s diverse client base includes public and private corporations and institutions. We are proud of the many longstanding relationships developed as a result of our commitment to serving all of our clients’ legal needs.
Articling is an essential foundation-building opportunity. We recognize this and ensure that our students are fully involved in all aspects of professional life. Our Articling program is flexible and encourages students to pursue their interests, while gaining experience in a broad range of legal endeavours. Our students take responsibility for a number of ongoing files, make court appearances, assist counsel in all aspects of legal work and accompany counsel on trial.
There is a fast-paced yet friendly atmosphere at Ross & McBride. Our firm is interested in attracting students who relate well with the firm and its clientele. Our students combine excellent academic records with a variety of outside interests and achievements.
We would be pleased to receive applications from students interested in an articling position at Ross & McBride. Applications should be submitted to Andrew Spurgeon either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the attention of Andrew Spurgeon at Ross & McBride, 1 King St. West, P.O. Box 907, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3P6.
Please note that, for the 2019-2020 Articling Recruitment Process, the deadline for applications is Friday May 4, 2018 at 5:00pm.
Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae and law school transcripts if/when available. For students from international schools with grading scales which differ from Ontario law schools, we ask that you provide information and/or documentation as to your law school’s grading scale, if available. References are not required but appreciated.
Articling students – Class of 2018