Articling Program

At Templeman Menninga LLP our philosophy is to train students to become future lawyers and partners in the firm. Unlike traditional articles at large full service law firms, the experience gained by students at Templeman Menninga LLP is unparalleled. Students of Templeman Menninga LLP are encouraged to spend time with our lawyers in court, in administrative proceedings and in business transactions in order to receive the widest range of practical experience as possible. Given the depth and specialized nature of the legal services provided by the firm, students will be regularly involved in complex and challenging proceedings and business deals. Our students are given considerable responsibility in their articling year.

Rather than being used as a resource tool or spending months in processes related to “due diligence” in commercial matters, our students are expected to play a significant role in drafting pleadings, Agreements of Purchase and Sale, Factums in support of injunctive and interlocutory relief and to play a meaningful role as “second chair” in administrative proceedings. Students from the firm will be exposed to many areas of the law including mediations, arbitrations, trials, motions and business and real estate transactions. While there is no formal rotation for students during their articling months, students are expected to gain some exposure in the following broad practice areas:

  • Administrative
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Environmental
  • Family
  • Insurance Defence
  • Labour, Employment & Human Rights
  • Municipal
  • Real Estate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Wills, Estates

Students can also expect to learn about the business aspects of the legal services firm.

The firm seeks to attract the most highly qualified students in order to join its team. Particular emphasis is placed on the demonstrated ability of a student to excel in their law school studies while providing significant broad exposure in other work and life areas. Because the firm places considerable responsibilities on the students and has high expectations, it is the policy of the firm to compensate students at a level that is more comparative to what students earn in major metropolitan areas. The firm provides students with a salary during their first phase of their bar admission course and pays all fees associated with the Bar Admission course. Wherever possible, the firm seeks to hire its lawyers from the student ranks. Presently the firm entertains applications for articles in our Belleville and Kingston offices.

To find out more about our stimulating Articling Program and the dynamic career awaiting you at the end of your articles, please contact our Student Committee Administrator for more information

Summer Student Opportunities

Much like the Articling program at Templeman Menninga LLP, the firm strives to train potential law school graduates students and mould them into future articling students, lawyers and partners in the firm. Akin to the rotational nature of Articles, our summer students may expect to spend time with many of our lawyers, and shadow them in their daily practice. Students can also expect to undertake legal research and assist in the drafting of legal materials and commercial documentation, in order to receive the widest range of practical experience as possible to fully prepare them for their future as Articling students and lawyers.

An excellent introduction to the legal profession in a positive and supportive environment.
~ Mark Noble (Summer Student, 2011)

While summer students are primarily based in Kingston or Belleville, they may spend time in any of our three offices, in order to gain some exposure in all of the firm practice areas.

To find out more about opportunities for summer students at Templeman Menninga, please contact our Student Committee Administrator.