Your career at Torkin Manes

When we interview law students, we look ahead. Not just to next summer, or next year’s articling intake, but further down the road. We think long-term, because our students are a long-term investment for us. We look for energetic team players who think on their feet, make the extra effort to achieve a goal, or have the creativity to suggest a different approach. We want you to become the best lawyer you can be. In fact, we want you to become our partner.

Find your talent

At Torkin Manes, we want our lawyers to develop successful practices. That’s why we let them find their talent, whatever it may be. We give our articling students significant responsibility on both business and litigation files. You will conduct client interviews, attend at motions, examinations, Small Claims Court trials, and you will participate in all aspects of corporate and real estate closings. Our associates and partners are always available to answer your questions.

Because we want our students to become our partners, we invest in your professional development. We take our teaching and mentoring obligations very seriously. Both summer and articling students are assigned a mentor to whom you may turn for questions, direction and guidance. You will receive regular feedback and evaluation from your mentors, as well as direct feedback from the lawyers assigning particular tasks. Mentoring is both formal and informal: there are biweekly meetings to review and record progress, but informal sessions can be held at any time to help with real-world problem-solving.

Our lawyers hold weekly lunch seminars for students, emphasizing both substantive knowledge and skill development. Through these seminars, our students become aware of the firm’s many different practice areas and the tools they need to become outstanding lawyers.

Our Program

We run a summer program for students who have finished their second year of law school and an articling program for those who have completed third year. Both programs are hands-on and introduce students to all aspects of legal practice.

Summer students are based in either Business Law (which includes Real Estate) or Litigation. Our summer students are with us from May to August.

Our articling students begin their articling year in August, spending approximately half of their time in Business Law and the other half in Litigation. This ensures that you receive a well-rounded, comprehensive articling experience.

In addition, each articling student participates in our unique and exclusive Partner Intensive Program. For an intensive, one month period, you are seconded to a Torkin Manes partner in a practice area of particular interest to you, to have an unparalleled opportunity to see, from the best seat in the house, how that partner conducts his or her practice. Invariably, our students find that they obtain a new and fresh perspective of what it is like to conduct a legal practice, and how to build a legal practice.

While we work hard at Torkin Manes, we recognize that there is more to life than work. We have firm-wide social events during the year which allow all of us to get to know each other better. There are special events just for students to relax together and recharge. Torkin Manes is also an active participant in many community and charitable fundraising events such as the Run for the Cure, the annual CN Tower Stair Climb, Becel Ride for the Heart; Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario Wheelchair Relay, Matthews Dinsdale Cup Ball Hockey Tournament (which benefits The Hospital for Sick Children), and Sporting Life 10K Run (which benefits Camp Oochigeas).

Compensation

Torkin Manes summer and articling student salaries are competitive with other large downtown Toronto firms. Summer and articling students’ compensation is currently $1,450 per week.

In addition to a competitive salary, articling students also receive:

  • Extended health and dental benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Two weeks’ paid vacation

Torkin Manes is a dynamic, growing, mid-sized law firm based in downtown Toronto. Our 80 lawyers practise in all areas of business law and litigation—and over 40% of them articled with the firm. 

Our clients choose us for our common-sense approach. We help them achieve their goals—with value for their legal dollar. In fact, they’ve ranked us in Canadian Lawyer as one of the top 10 regional law firms in Ontario.

Our associates also consistently rank us in Canadian Lawyer as one of the top Toronto law firms for junior lawyers. Why? Because they get to practise real-life law, helping clients while being mentored by seasoned practitioners in their chosen legal fields.

Because we want our associates to become our partners, we help them through life’s passages too. For example, we give our associates special help preparing for parental leave. A seasoned partner (and parent) helps new parents ramp down before going on parental leave, then ramp up again in preparation for return to fulltime practice. Torkin Manes spearheaded the Justicia project, an initiative of the Law Society of Upper Canada designed to retain and advance women lawyers in private practice. 

That’s why our firm continues to attract men and women who want to practice law in a high quality and friendly environment where every lawyer is helped to realize his or her potential and to excel, not only in the office, but in the community. It is a culture and vision that has stood the test of time, and one that makes all of us proud to be part of such a unique team.

Our 2013-2014 Articling Students

Chen Che, University of Toronto
cche@torkinmanes.com, T: 416 863 1220 Ext 314

Claire Seaborn, University of Ottawa
cseaborn@torkinmanes.com, T: 416 863 1220 Ext 297

Hunter Forman, Western University
hforman@torkinmanes.com, T: 416 863 1220 Ext 200

Roberto Barbiero, University of Toronto
rbarbiero@torkinmanes.com, T: 416 863 1220 Ext 382

Rebecca Ying, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
rying@torkinmanes.com, T: 416 863 1220 Ext 243

 

Our 2014 Summer Students

  • Yale Hertzman, University of Toronto
  • Jenna Himelfarb, University of Toronto
  • Nicholas Sampson, University of Ottawa

 

Our Students Tell Us

Hands-on Experience

"I hadn't originally expected to play an important role with client work this early in my legal career, so it was very exciting to be involved in examinations for discovery and trials. Being exposed to such opportunities has truly inspired me."

Katherine Laliberte, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Supportive Work Environment

"During my summer at Torkin Manes, I was encouraged to explore various practice areas. The support I received helped me discover the areas of law I enjoy the most."

Alexa Turner, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Incredible Mentoring!

"The mentoring program has been incredible. I've learned more than I thought possible in such a short period of time. That intensity isn't exhausting --- it's been invigorating."

Ilia Valitsky, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Our Partner Intensive Program

"I had a good idea which practice area interested me most. Torkin Manes' Partner Intensive Program allowed me to gain a true appreciation for the day-to-day challenges in my preferred area of law. The intensive program reaffirmed which practice area was right for me."

Seth Zuk, Associate, Articling Student 2011-2012, Summer Student 2010

    Articling Students

    The 2015-2016 application process is now closed.

     

    2nd Year Summer Students

     

    The 2015 Summer Student application process is now open.  Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts by Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. References are optional.

    Address your cover letter to:

    Leonard Rodness
    Director of Student Programs
    Torkin Manes LLP
    151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5C 2W7

    Please submit your application electronically through the videsktop portal at http://host.videsktop.com/_viPortal/default.htm.

    You may also mail or fax your application. Our fax number is 416 863 0305.

    Should you have any questions with regard to your application or our student program, please send an email to studentrecruitment@torkinmanes.com.  

    Articling Students

    We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 articling term. Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts by Friday, July 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. References are optional.

    2nd Year Summer Students

    The 2014 Summer Student application process is now closed.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2015 summer term on July 15, 2014. Applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts by Monday, August 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. References are optional.

    Address your cover letter to:

    Leonard Rodness
    Director of Student Programs
    Torkin Manes LLP
    151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5C 2W7

    Please submit your application electronically through the videsktop portal at http://host.videsktop.com/_viPortal/default.htm.

    You may also mail or fax your application. Our fax number is 416 863 0305.

    Should you have any questions with regard to your application or our student program, please send an email to studentrecruitment@torkinmanes.com.  

    Leonard Rodness

    “We’re not looking for students; we’re looking for partners.”

     
    Len Rodness, Torkin Manes Director of Student Recruitment

    Contact Us

    Leonard D. Rodness
    Director of Student Recruitment
    Tel: 416 777 5409
    Fax: 1 888 587 9139
    Email: lrodness@torkinmanes.com

     

    Jillian Evans
    Director of Student Programs
    Tel: 416 643 8819
    Fax: 1 888 312 0069
    Email: jevans@torkinmanes.com

     

    Simone MacIsaac, CHRP
    Human Resources Manager,
    Training and Student Recruitment
    Email: studentrecruitment@torkinmanes.com

     

    For questions with regard to your application or the student program, please contact:
    studentrecruitment@torkinmanes.com.