The Structure of the Articling Programme
Students move through two rotations during their articles here. Our rotation system is not based on practice areas, but rather is designed to give students the opportunity to work with all of the lawyers at the firm, regardless of their area of practice.
We offer in-house education and training workshops to students throughout the articling period on a wide variety of topics, including both substantive law and practical issues related to the practice of law.
The articling programme is administered by a Student Committee consisting of three of the firm’s lawyers. The Committee has a number of important functions including:
- ensuring that the students’ work load is manageable
- ensuring that students are exposed to all of the firm’s lawyers and a broad
cross-section of the firm’s work
- administering informal and formal evaluations and monitoring progress
- coordinating education / training workshops
- providing on-going and accessible support for students throughout the articling year
- coordinating informal meetings of the articling students to discuss issues of interest or concern to them
- coordinating social events
Articling Student Duties
Cavalluzzo is committed to providing clients with results-based practical legal services, and the articling year provides students with a substantial grounding in this objective. Immediately upon starting articles, students are involved in client meetings and all aspects of case preparation including:
- direct client contact
- preparation of witnesses for hearings
- attendance at hearings with the lawyer who is conducting the case
- drafting correspondence, pleadings, and legal submissions
- performing research, frequently on novel points of law
- contact with opposing counsel
Students are frequently involved in a case from beginning to end and often become integrated into the case from top to bottom. Students do not merely shadow the lawyer on cases but take on their own responsibilities for file work. We are of the view that attending hearings with lawyers provides an important learning experience and direct exposure to lawyers’ styles and methods of practice. Students are encouraged to attend hearings where they have performed work on the matter and experience the satisfaction that comes with obtaining positive results. Occasionally opportunities arise for students to conduct parts of, or entire, hearings.