Employment Opportunities

LAW CLERK, LEGAL ASSISTANT
GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITY
AT THE GENE C. COLMAN FAMILY LAW CENTRE

Our small Toronto (North York) Boutique Family Law Firm (four to five lawyers) requires immediately someone who works well as part of a cohesive team and has an excellent work ethic. You might be any of the following: Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, or just a really smart self-starter. Or, you might not have formal training but you have survived your own family law horror show and would like to apply the lessons learned to help others.

So, what is this job and how do I apply?

Here are some of the challenges at the Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre:

1. Filing: We tend to generate a lot of paper over the day's work and it is your responsibility to make certain that every document finds its proper home.

2. Wide ranging assistance: Assist the lawyers with research, document preparation, file organization, calls to court offices, calls to other law firms, communication with clients, and a bevy of other challenging tasks to help the firm run smoothly.

3. Intake: Handle intake (emails and phone calls) generated by our popular web site. Determine if the prospective "consultee" might benefit from our services.

4. Consultation Procedure: Explain our firm's unique Consultation Procedure to the prospective client. Ask relevant questions to determine if this is the sort of case our firm handles.

5. Book Appointments: If appropriate, book the Consultation appointment. Follow up immediately with the appropriate email and forms.

6. Assist at Consultation: Type notes at each Consultation (it is important that you have really good typing speed along with comprehension of legal terms - the latter can be learnt through experience working with our firm) and efficiently turn those notes into an organized Memorandum to send to the consultee.

Here is how we help you succeed:

1. Precedents: We have a detailed bank of precedents and sample scripts to guide you through almost all of your daily tasks. There is constant guidance and training along the way; do not think for one moment that we will just let you "sink or swim". We work as a united team.

2. Mentoring: Our lead Law Clerk (who is staying) started with us as a new grad from Humber College in May 2018. In just over one year she has acquired incredible skills and expertise and is happy to share what she has learned and provide mentoring to you, our new team member. Our Associates are also here to help!

3. Software Training: For invoice preparation, if you do not already know PCLaw Software, we'll train you. Ditto for Divorcemate Software. If you know those programs already, that is a great plus for you.

4. C.L.E.: We conduct a robust Lunch 'N Learn in house Continuing Legal Education program.

Have we captured your attention? If so, read on....

Notes:

1. Camaraderie: Be really enthusiastic, eager to learn, and enjoy the camaraderie of a truly enjoyable and comfortable home office work environment.

2. Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. We have an extended health plan.

3. Notification: Thanks to all who apply. Only those who are selected for an interview will be notified. Those who just send a c.v. and nothing else, will definitely not be considered. Read the application instructions carefully.

4. Smoke and Scent Free Environment: The Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre is a smoke and scent free environment. Please keep that condition in mind before you apply.

Here's how you apply:

1. Cover Letter: Put together a really upbeat cover letter. Convince us that you are "the" person for this particular position.

2. Other Documents: Show us your academic transcripts, your c.v., your diploma or degree and any references that you might have on hand.

3. Send to: Send all of this via pdf email to [email protected]

4. More Information?: If you want more information first, send a short note to the above email address and we will try to get back to you promptly.

July 24, 2019

ADVANTAGEOUS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE FOR LL.M STUDENTS INTERESTED IN FAMILY LAW

LL.M students (most of whom graduated from U.K. law schools) who have volunteered at our North York office have gained very valuable practical experience and likely achieved an upper hand for their future careers. The LL.M students gain hands-on familiarity in a wide variety of family law cases from custody/access to property division to spousal support to child protection. Responsibilities undertaken have included:

  • Participate in initial intake;
  • Help draft affidavits and other pleadings;
  • Prepare Financial Disclosure Briefs;
  • Legal research;
  • Review Children's Aid document production and highlight relevant documents;
  • Participate in "in house" C.L.E.; and,
  • Assist with filing (which might sound boring but really is not as one learns the proper organization of a family law file).
  • Telephone Screening of potential clients;
  • Take typed notes at Consultation Interviews;

We have a healthy work environment with robust camaraderie.

Most of all, you benefit from a senior practitioner's mentoring and enthusiastic, dedicated associate lawyers who appreciate the intrinsic value of helping to train the next generation of family law lawyers.

One of our lawyers achieved her LL.B in the U.K, worked here during her LL.M studies, and articled here prior to her call to the bar. She is now an accomplished Associate Lawyer with the firm.

The work hours are flexible. We understand that the student is taking courses to qualify for Ontario licensure and that therefore priority must be given to that essential course work. But with our firm, at the same time as you upgrade your Ontario academic credentials, you gain all important experience in the practice of family law. Let Osgoode or U of T teach you the theory; we'll help you with 'real life'!

We have room to entertain a small number of enthusiastic, bright, personable and very competent individuals to volunteer at our firm. We provide the mentoring, training and experience and in return you provide the work hours each week that fit into your already busy schedule. Be part of a cutting edge Toronto family law firm within an innovative framework that respects your educational goals and enhances your future employment prospects.

If we have sparked your interest, then send the following to [email protected]

  • Cover letter (show us why you would benefit our firm)
  • Academic transcripts;
  • Current and proposed LL.M courses;
  • Writing sample.

Renewed July 24, 2019