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:
- Accessibility Law
- Agricultural / Farming Law
- Banking Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Real Estate (sales and purchases)
- Commercial Tenancies
- Condominium Law
- Construction Law
- Corporate Dissolution
- Corporate Restructuring
- Debtor-Creditor Negotiations
- Divorce and Separation
- Estate Litigation
- Estate Planning
- Family Arbitration
- Family Law
- Family Mediation
- Human Rights Proceedings
- Land Lease and Mobile Home Tenancies
- Municipal Law
- Negotiating Commercial and Industrial Leases
- Non-Profit Housing Corporations
- Real Estate
- Regulatory Compliance
- Residential Tenancies (Landlord/Tenant Law)
- Retirement and Care Homes
- Shareholder Agreements
- Shareholder Disputes
- Spousal and Child Support
- Wills and Estate Law
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.
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.
At Cohen Highley LLP, you will find our compensation and benefits package among the best in Southwestern Ontario. The firm also pays the full tuition fees for the bar admission course regardless of hire back.
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 2024-2025 – London/Kitchener
Applications are due Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Interviews will be conducted the week of May 29th, 2023.
Communications of offers will be made after 5:00p.m. on Thursday, June 1st, 2023.
Application packages should include:
• Cover letter (which specifies which office you are applying to);
• Resume and
• Undergrad and law school transcripts
It is preferable that applications be sent via email as one attachment. Please specify whether you are applying to London or Kitchener or both.
Applications for the 2024-2025 Articling Term at Cohen Highley LLP should be directed to the attention of:
Ken Fraser, Hiring Committee
One London Place, 255 Queens Avenue, 11th Floor
London, Ontario N6A 5R8