Articling Student Program in London, Ontario 2020-2021
Join the criminal defense team at Lakin Afolabi Law to gain valuable hands-on experience and build long lasting connections in the criminal legal industry!
Ready to Join the Team?
Lakin Afolabi Law Professional Corporation is a practice of criminal lawyers in London, Ontario 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 of disclosure, court appearances, and the resolution and investigation of client files.
The successful candidate will be exposed to all aspects of criminal defence ranging from the initial consultation to sentencing. They will also (where appropriate and permitted by the law) be given carriage of their own files to conduct hearings and guilty pleas. The ideal candidate will have to 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.
This law office practices criminal and quasi-criminal law almost exclusively with a recently formed real estate practice. The successful candidate should not expect to gain any meaningful experience in this area. The majority of our clients are private clients; however, some legal aid work is also undertaken. As a result, strong empathy is necessary as the ideal candidate will be interacting with individuals who are underprivileged and suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues. The office culture 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
Below are a few must haves and preferred skill sets that we are looking for:
We are looking for a candidate with a interest and passion in pursuing a career in criminal 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
- Not easily offended
- Fluency in the Arabic and/or Spanish language is an asset, though not required
If you have any questions or concerns please email Lakin@lakinafolabilaw.com
Our main office is located in London, Ontario at 472 Ridout St N.
We also have a satellite location in Kitchener, Ontario.
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM (occasional weekend work)
9:00 PM Eastern Time December 13, 2019
January 4, 2020
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 transcript and a detailed cover letter outlining the nature of your past legal work and your specific interests. 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.
Foreign trained/NCA students who will be eligible to start articling on or around June 1, 2019 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.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: “Articling Student Program”
For more information about our practice please visit: www.lakinafolabilaw.com
Perks & Benefits
No less than $625.00/week OR $500.00/week and payment of Law Society Licensing fees.
Experienced and knowledgable legal staff to help mentor and guide your criminal law career.
Refining Your Skills
We will let you have hands-on experience with working on criminal cases to help you refine and gain valuable skills for your future career.
A candidate that proves they’re indispensable to the team will strongly be considered an associate position upon the completion of the articling program.