Articling at Cohen Highley

Articling students are an integral part of the process of growth at Cohen Highley LLP. Our evolution as a firm depends upon a solid group of students. The firm has developed an articling program that will benefit the student, while providing for our firm’s future. What follows is an outline of the program.

Our Articling Program

Cohen Highley LLP offers articling students a formal rotation system which gives them exposure to a wide variety of areas of law including:

Mentor Program

Each articling student is assigned to one of our associate lawyers for the articling year.  The program creates the opportunity for the student and mentor to meet regularly to discuss progress to date, student’s expectations, the articling experience, as well as any questions or problems which may arise.

Student Lecture Program

Cohen Highley LLP conducts student lectures on a variety of subjects during the articling year.  The program, which begins early in the articling process, is designed to give the articling student insight into different areas of practice, as well as an overview of proceedings in these areas.  The lecture topics range from file organization, legal research and writing, to tactics on examinations.

Facilities and Support

Cohen Highley LLP employs a number of law clerks and a rent review consultant.  In addition, the articling students have access to experienced legal assistants.  There is an excellent library in the office and, when necessary, the University of Western Ontario Law Library and Middlesex Law Association Library are available.  Cohen Highley LLP is equipped with the latest computer technologies with access to local online resources as well as to Westlaw Canada.

Our office is located on the 11th floor of One London Place, and all members of the firm have access to the London Life cafeteria and lounge situated across the street.

Student Responsibilities

Cohen Highley LLP recognizes that “hands-on” experience is an important part of the learning process.  Students are given the following responsibilities during their articling year at the firm:

  • Complete carriage of Small Claims Court files;
  • Attendance before Administrative Tribunals;
  • Assisting and working with lawyers on files
  • Investigation, interviewing and legal research;
  • Drafting pleadings, motion records and other proceedings;
  • Attending on motions;
  • Conducting examinations and cross examinations;
  • Incorporation of companies; and
  • Drafting wills and assisting in estate administration.

Students also attend with lawyers on trials, appeals, examinations, motions, pre-trial conferences, preliminary hearings and other matters.

Every effort is made to accommodate a student’s special interests in particular areas of practice, and to allow students to follow the progress of files they have worked on.

Remuneration

At Cohen Highley LLP you will find our compensation and benefits package among the best in Southwestern Ontario.

Articling students at Cohen Highley LLP are entitled to two weeks paid vacation during articles and the firm pays the full tuition fees for the bar admission course regardless of hire back.  Cohen Highley LLP also provides a comprehensive benefits package.

Your Future

Cohen Highley LLP has grown substantially since 1974, and it is our intention to continue that quality growth in the future.

Articling students play a substantial role in our plans for the future.  It is our preference and practice to invite suitable students to join the firm as associate lawyers.  Our hiring history proves it and our future depends on it.

Cohen Highley LLP is committed to providing an excellent articling experience to students – we take our teaching role very seriously.  We endeavour to provide a well-rounded and extensive program to students, which will stand them in good stead upon their return to the firm as associate lawyers, or in the pursuit of their careers elsewhere.


Applications – Articling 2018-2019

Applying to London Office

  • Applications are due by Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Interviews will be conducted the week of Monday, May 29, 2017.
  • No communication of offers of employment or the intention to make such offers shall be made before Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Application packages should include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Undergrad and law school transcripts and
  • References

Applications for the 2018-2019 Articling Term at Cohen Highley LLP – London Office should be directed to the attention of:

Brian Phillips, Hiring Committee
One London Place, 255 Queens Avenue, 11th Floor
London, Ontario  N6A 5R8
email: studentprograms@cohenhighley.com

Applying to Kitchener Office

  • Applications are due by Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Interviews will be conducted between Monday, May 8, 2017 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
  • No communication of offers of employment or the intention to make such offers shall be made before Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Application packages should include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Undergrad and law school transcripts and
  • References

Applications for the 2018-2019 Articling Term at Cohen Highley LLP – Kitchener Office should be directed to the attention of:

Tyler Hortie, Hiring Committee
55 King Street West, Suite 802
Kitchener, Ontario  N2G 4W1
email: studentprograms@cohenhighley.com


Articling Students

2016/2017 Students:

  • Scott Brandao (University of Ottawa)
  • Marcia Hay (Western University)
  • Artour Rostorotski (Western University)

2017/2018 Students:

  • Katherine Baker
  • Lynsey McMullen
  • Jason Sinukoff
  • Collin Steffler

What Students Say About our Articling Program

I came to London seeking a less anonymous firm culture, and Cohen Highley was a welcoming and supportive workplace from the very beginning. Throughout my articling term, I have had the opportunity to carry my own files, appear at a variety of courts and tribunals, conduct stimulating research, and observe some of London’s premier legal professionals at work. Cohen Highley is a place where good work is rewarded with responsibility, including the opportunity to develop and maintain relationships with the firm’s clients. I wanted a hands-on articling experience that challenged me without burning me out, and Cohen Highley delivered.
~Travis Weagant, 2014/15 Articling Student

“My articling experience at Cohen Highley has been an enriching and educational experience. The firm provides its students with guidance and support when needed, but also encourages students to find answers on their own. This has allowed me to develop the skills learned in law school, and apply them in a practical environment. The rotations during the articling term allow students to gain exposure to a variety of areas of law, though students are also encouraged to demonstrate initiative and pursue areas that interest them. I would recommend articling at Cohen Highley to anyone interested in developing practical skills and the foundation for a rewarding legal career.”
~Erin Burns2012/13 Articling Student

Articling at Cohen Highley has been a great experience that has developed my legal skills and furthered my legal education.  There is so much that law school does not have the time to train you in. Being exposed to the various courts and administrative tribunals helps you develop a personal style and comfort level with appearing before judges and board members. Cohen Highley has amazing support staff that will help guide you and all lawyers and staff members take a vested interest in giving you the best Articling experience possible. You feel like you’re part of a team at Cohen Highley.”
~Matthew Reid, 2012/13 Articling Student

Articling at Cohen Highley has been an interesting, rewarding, and satisfying experience. The firm has carefully developed its articling program to provide its students with an exceptional and well-rounded articling term. The atmosphere at Cohen Highley is welcoming and supportive, and students receive guidance and support from lawyers, other students, and support staff. Students have the opportunity to work in all of the firm’s areas of practice, and are provided with many opportunities to develop practical skills and substantive knowledge, while making meaningful contributions to client files.
~Mark Melchers2012/13 Articling Student

Cohen Highley is a dynamic firm where the lawyers are truly interested in fostering and guiding a law student through the transition from theoretical learning provided by law school, to the practice of law. The lawyers provide the students with further legal education in addition to making students aware of issues that arise in the practice of law. As a student with the firm, I have assisted on files from all the practice areas. This has given me the opportunity to learn what areas of law are of more interest to me than others. I appreciated this opportunity since it allowed me to learn about myself, and the law that I would prefer to practice. The work I have done varied from carrying small claims files, to doing research for a matter argued before the Divisional Court. The firm has a true open-door policy which is complemented by each student having a mentor. With the encouragement I received from the lawyers and support staff at the firm, and the atmosphere of learning which is intrinsic to the student programs, I gained a great deal of legal knowledge and also have gained the confidence necessary for the practice of law. My experience at Cohen Highley as a student provided me with immeasurable rewards, and was an exceptional opportunity for growth and learning, bar none.
~Alexandra Papaiconomou, 2012/13 Articling Student