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.

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.

Nevethan Balendra

Nevethan Balendra

nbalendra@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6544
C: 647.405.1633

Nevethan recently completed his Juris Doctor at Western University. Prior to law school, he completed both his Master of Health Information Science and his Honors Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science and Psychology) at Western University.

While in law school, Nevethan represented Western University in the Walsh Family Law external moot. Nevethan was a member of the Western Business Law Clinic and Community Legal Services. He also served as president of the International Law Association and co-chair of the South Asian Law Students’ Association. Nevethan competed as an athlete on the Western Varsity Fencing team for three years, receiving the Western 2nd Colour Award, the Freedom 55 Financial Scholar Athlete Award, and the All OUA Academic Award.

Nevethan has travelled to over 30 countries and enjoys DIY projects such as PC building and home renovations. In his spare time, you can find him delving into all things video game, comic, and sport.

Abby Benattar

Abby Benattar

abenattar@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6543
C: 416.553.5082

Abby studied at Western University, where she completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information and Technoculture and a Juris Doctor of Law through Western’s dual-degree program. Abby received the Osler Hoskin & Harcourt-Rand Entrance Scholarship for academic excellence. She also received the Faculty Association Scholarship, an award that her professors nominated her for in recognition of her community contributions. She graduated on the Dean’s List in her dual-degree discipline.

At Western, Abby was the Chair of a student-led charity fashion show, an editor for the Western Journal of Legal Studies, a leader of a Pro Bono Students Canada mediation project, and a mentor for incoming 1L students. Fascinated by artificial intelligence, Abby acted as the Western Law ambassador for Blue J Legal AI technology, where she organized guest lectures on AI application in the law. Between school years, Abby worked as an intern at a real estate private equity firm in New York City and at a private equity firm in Toronto.

Outside of professional life, Abby most enjoys adventuring. She spent a semester abroad exploring Australia. She devotes her free time to painting, spending time with family and friends, staying active, and cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dana Kriszenfeld

Dana Kriszenfeld

dkriszenfeld@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6541
C: 647.331.2751

Dana recently earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Windsor where she was awarded the Alumni Access to Legal Education Award, based on outstanding academic achievement. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies.

During law school, Dana was an active member of the Windsor Law community where she served as the President of the Jewish Students Association and Alternative Dispute Resolution Club, was involved with Pro Bono Students Canada, Career Services, High School Outreach Program, and the Peer Mentorship Program. In recognition of her extra-curricular contributions to Windsor Law and the surrounding Windsor-Essex community, Dana was awarded the Student Law Society Award by her peers.

Outside of the office, you can find Dana exploring the Toronto food scene, listening to the latest pop culture podcast, or testing her skills watching episodes of Jeopardy.

Nofil Nadeem

Nofil Nadeem

nnadeem@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6542
C: 647.206.4200

Nofil earned his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to attending law school, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction.

During his time in law school, Nofil was an active member of Pro Bono Students Canada and volunteered with Rainbow Railroad, supporting LGBT refugees around the world seeking asylum. He attended CARL LobbyCon 2018 and 2020 in Ottawa, where he lobbied Members of Parliament for substantive refugee law reform. He has also been involved as Vice President of Outlaws, Mock Trial, Obiter Dicta, and the Osgoode Fashion Law Society. In recognition of his involvement in the Osgoode community, he was awarded the Graduating Student Award for Exceptional Leadership.

In his spare time, Nofil enjoys biking, playing competitive Pokémon, and performing in Toronto’s vogue ballroom scene.

Janice Philteos

Janice Philteos

jphilteos@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6540
C: 416.559.4050

Janice earned her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from York University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

During her time in law school, Janice was a student caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she assisted with Parkdale’s intervention on the Supreme Court case Vavilov. Janice participated in and won second place in the Davies Securities/Corporate law moot, where she was also recognized as a top oral advocate. Janice also mediated several cases at the Small Claims court, under the supervision of Osgoode’s Mediation Clinic.

In her spare time, Janice runs a Kickboxing and Hapkido Karate Club in Durham Region with her brother. She also enjoys designing, refashioning and altering clothing.

Kiran Waterhouse

Kiran Waterhouse

kwaterhouse@weirfoulds.com
D: 416.365.6539
C: 416.206.3367

Kiran Waterhouse earned her JD from the University of Toronto and her BA in Political Studies from Queen’s University. During her time at UofT, Kiran was a co-chair of the Technology and Intellectual Property (TIP) Group, where she organized its annual conference. She participated in the University of Toronto Callaghan Memorial Moot and earned a certificate in Aboriginal Legal Studies. After her first year of law school, Kiran acted as Research Assistant to Professor Jutta Brunée where she assisted research on the role of habit in customary law formation.

In her spare time you’ll find Kiran reading mystery novels, biking around Toronto, and learning the piano.

Application Process

Summer Student Recruitment

We are participating in the upcoming 2L recruitment for summer 2021.

Please submit your application, including a cover letter, resume, copies of law school and undergraduate transcripts, through the online viLaw Portal based on the deadlines that apply to you as set out by the LSO.

Articling Student Recruitment

WeirFoulds LLP is not hiring any additional articling students for 2021/22.

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

Get to know us a little bit better! Our Summer 2020 Students have shared their experiences in this FAQ video.