Law school doesn’t prepare you for practice. Practising law does.

Applying for a student position?

WeirFoulds is the perfect match for:

  • Self-starters. Those who have initiative and jump at new opportunities, challenges and assignments.
  • High Achievers. Those who thrive in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Enthusiastic individuals. Those who have a lot to contribute and are excited about having early responsibility and close contact with our lawyers and clients.

Our objective in all our student programs is to hire students who we see as having long term careers at the firm. We are not a revolving door; we want you to learn, thrive and enjoy life here.

The summer program is not divided into rotations. However, we do ensure our students get multiple views of the firm, through one office shuffle mid-term.

Our articling program is divided into three rotations. Each student completes one rotation in Litigation/Government and one rotation in Corporate/Property. Subject to the firm’s needs and availability, each student can choose to return to either area for his or her third rotation. The program allows students to get to know all aspects of the firm.

Students at our firm have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences – in all of our practice areas – during their time with us. The types of experience include:

  • Court appearances
  • Examinations under oath
  • Client interviews and strategy meetings
  • Corporate and real estate closings
  • Conducting legal research and drafting memoranda
  • Drafting correspondence, agreements and pleadings
  • Due Diligence

We know community involvement is important to you — and to your development as a lawyer and an individual. Over the course of your summer and articling experience we participate in various events and initiatives to support the community. These include: Lawyers Feed the Hungry, the Bay Street Volleyball Tournament for Mooreland community services, the WeirFoulds United Way campaign and the Daily Bread food drive to name a few.

Our current program includes:

Summer Students

  • Salary of $1,700 per week
  • Planned Student Events
  • Friday lunches
  • Bi-Weekly Thursday drinks
  • Phone

Articling Students

  • Salary of $1,700 per week, including during the licensing exams
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability coverage
  • Partial payment of health club membership
  • 2 weeks paid vacation
  • Planned Student Events
  • Friday lunches
  • Bi-Weekly Thursday drinks
  • Phone

We’re With You, Every Step of the Way

The primary purpose of WeirFoulds’ student program is to recruit individuals who will become the future lawyers of the firm. Through the student experience, both the firm and the students can work toward building a strong foundation for the future.

Mentoring

Our mentoring program gives you both formal and informal guidance. Students have regular monthly meetings with their assigned mentors and they are always available to provide information, direction and support.

Training

We provide structured, comprehensive training programs which include a full firm orientation, extensive library and research programs, and a series of student seminars on various substantive and practice issues.

Feedback

We understand that consistent feedback is crucial as you begin your career as a lawyer and we do our best to foster a feedback culture at WeirFoulds. Whether you are receiving informal feedback from mentors or formal evaluations from supervising lawyers, we strive to ensure feedback is a central component of your student experience to help you learn and develop your legal skills.

Our 2019 firm tour registration is now closed. Please check back for updates in spring 2020.

WeirFoulds wants students to enjoy their experience at the firm, and we believe that a part of that is getting out, having fun and getting to know the people that you work with. Students attend regular firm functions, as well as social events organized just for them.

Claire Davis

Claire Davis

647.715.7245  |  cdavis@weirfoulds.com

Claire earned her J.D. from Queen’s University and her B.A. in English Literature from Memorial University. She is a recipient of the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Entrance Scholarship and Legal Research Award, the Newton Rowell Scholarship in Law and the Professor H.R.S. Ryan Scholarship for Evidence Law.

Claire is passionate about start-ups and B. Corps, which led to her involvement in the Queen’s Business Law Clinic during her law degree. As a student caseworker and a mentor, she worked directly with local business owners and mentored others doing the same. She also competed in the Davies Corporate/Securities Law Moot.

In her spare time, Claire likes to do crosswords and go birdwatching. She previously worked in an art gallery and volunteered as an English language teacher for people moving to Canada.

James De Melo

James De Melo

647.715.7246  |  jdemelo@weirfoulds.com

James recently completed the Juris Doctorate program at Queen’s University. During his time at Queen’s Law, James was an active member of the Queen’s Legal Aid program where he assisted members of the Kingston community with legal matters ranging from landlord and tenant disputes to Provincial Offences Act charges.

James has spent much of the past seven years tutoring others, both in his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph and as a law student at Queen’s.

While away from the office, James enjoys all things related to Toronto sports. He is an avid Blue Jays, Raptors and Leafs fan and enjoys participating in numerous fantasy-football leagues.

Wendes Keung

Wendes Keung

647.715.7249  |  wkeung@weirfoulds.com

Wendes recently completed her studies at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with Distinction standing. Prior to attending law school, she graduated as the gold medalist from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature.

While in law school, Wendes finished as a finalist in the University of Toronto Callaghan Memorial Moot and went on organize the moot in her third year of law school, and coach the winning team. She was also a tutor for the Dean’s Academic Success Program and an active member of the peer mentorship program. Following her first year of law school, Wendes worked as a legal research summer student at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, where she had the opportunity to work closely with clerks and judges.

In her spare time, Wendes enjoys creative writing, exploring Toronto’s vibrant food scene, trying every hip coffee shop in the downtown core, and watching Broadway musicals.

John Shrives

John Shrives

647.715.7247  |  jshrives@weirfoulds.com

John completed his Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University and his Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa. During law school, John was co-president of uOttawa OUTLaw, an associate editor of the Ottawa Law Review, and winner of the Best Team award at the 1L Nelligan moot.

Prior to law school, John worked in the consulting and real estate industries developing and delivering a variety of professional bilingual training programs. He has also been actively involved in his community as a volunteer with Woodgreen Immigration Services and Toastmasters International.

John has a passion for language learning and is fluent in French and proficient in Mandarin. Over the years, John has also taken courses in German, Russian and Korean.

Outside of the office, John is an avid reader and pop culture fan.

Max Scorw

Max Skrow

647.715.7248  |  mskrow@weirfoulds.com

Max recently completed his studies at Western University, where he simultaneously earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Western Scholar Distinction) and a Juris Doctorate through Western’s dual-degree program. While at Western Law, Max competed in a number of moots, finishing as a finalist in the Legate and Associates Medical Malpractice Moot and the Hicks Morley Labour and Employment moot. He also represented Western in the Warren K. Winkler Class Actions external moot.

Max has a passion for mentoring others. While in high school, Max coached youth football for the Oakville Titans football program, and during his time at Western, he served as a legal research, writing, and advocacy teaching assistant in his second and third year.

Outside of the office, Max enjoys playing video games and competing in video game tournaments. He also enjoys watching football and is an avid fantasy-footballer.

Agatha Suszek

Agatha Suszek

647.715.7244  |  asuszek@weirfoulds.com

Agatha recently completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, graduating Cum Laude and on the Dean’s List. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science with Distinction at Queen’s University, where she majored in Life Sciences. While in law school, Agatha represented the University in the Warren K. Winkler Moot and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Moot. She was also a senior editor and Board member of the Ottawa Law Review and a research assistant for the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society.

During her studies, Agatha served as a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Mentorship Program, was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, and clerked in the Ontario Court of Justice Practicum.

Agatha’s interests include science, art, ancient history, and exploring cities. Outside of the office, you can find her on a run, visiting the museum, or flipping through the latest issue of Vogue.

Application Process

Summer Student Recruitment

WeirFoulds LLP is not currently hiring any summer students for 2020. Please check the website in the Summer/Fall for updates on our summer student 2021 recruitment.

Articling Student Recruitment

WeirFoulds LLP is not currently hiring any articling students for 2020/21. Please check the website in the Summer/Fall for any updates.

Questions

For questions or further clarification on any aspects of the Student Programs at WeirFoulds, please contact:

Daria Spokoinaia
Professional Development Administrator
dspokoinaia@weirfoulds.com
647.715.3519