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Lawyer Workforce Strategy
Overview of the Lawyer Workforce Strategy
The Lawyer Workforce Strategy is Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO’s) corporate talent management initiative. LAO developed this initiative to help recruit, develop and retain lawyers at LAO. It is open to summer students, articling students, in-house lawyers and new hires.
Designed to create a dynamic, responsive, and flexible legal team that can ensure high-quality client services across the province, the Lawyer Workforce Strategy provides rewarding and challenging careers for lawyers at LAO.
More than just a job
This initiative exposes summer students, articling students and lawyers to different parts of Ontario and to many different types of legal work.
This diverse experience helps them better understand the inter-connections between and among many areas of law, and gain first-hand knowledge of how the legal aid system works as a whole.
As a result, our summer and articling students can become lawyers equipped to serve clients holistically, and our staff lawyers enjoy the opportunity to learn and grow.
Who can apply
LAO staff seeks students from Ontario’s six law schools with the skills and commitment to serve low-income Ontarians. Proficiency in French and other languages, knowledge of Aboriginal issues and strong academic achievement are also important assets.
Because French is the first language of many LAO clients, our staff visits McGill University and the Université de Moncton, seeking bilingual students. LAO also visits Dalhousie University and the University of Manitoba, looking for students keen to practice in Ontario and support our diverse clients.
Formal interviews in the fall narrow the field down to the most suitable candidates, pursuant to the schedule and other requirements set out by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Visit our careers page for more information on LAO’s requirements for applying to this program.
LAO periodically issues a general call for applications online, and fills positions from that applicant pool. Interviews typically consist of a small hiring panel comprised of staff from various departments, asking a series of questions:
- interests and skills;
- knowledge of what LAO does and how legal aid work fits into the justice system as a whole.
You can also send your application to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org