Employment Opportunities

We have two positions currently available: 1. Legal Assistant; 2. LL.M. Student Experience Project (See below.)

Gene. C. Colman Family Law Centre seeks a full time Law Clerk/Legal Assistant

· We are still looking for the "right" fit to assist in our boutique family law firm.

· Read the qualifications carefully. If you have the qualifications, please apply.

1. Excellent English language skills. You need to have the following skills:

(a) Spoken and written English language proficiency;

(b) Answer the phone - You are confident to be the front line liaison with potential clients, clients, opposing counsel, collaterals and thus communicate a competent and compassionate attitude to those who call our office;

(c) Screen potential clients according to criteria that we will give to you;

(d) Be able to independently draft letters.

2. Assist at initial client consultations. You need to have:

(a) Good typing speed to take notes at consultations;

(b) Ability to understand common family law terms and transcribe the terms accurately;

(c) Ability to edit the notes quickly into an organized memorandum.

3. PCLaw skills. You need to be able to:

(a) Open new files;

(b) Enter own dockets;

(c) Post disbursements;

(d) Produce Pre-Bills and Bills;

(e) Pay invoices.

4. Divorcemate proficiency. You need to be able to:

(a) Open new files;

(b) Prepare Affidavits of Service and other documents;

(c) If you can do support projections, this would be good.

5. Financial Documentation. You need to be able to:

(a) Prepare Divorcemate Financial Statements and NFP Statements;

(b) Prepare Financial Disclosure Briefs including critically gathering and compiling client's supporting document.

6. Various managerial and administrative duties

Salary is commensurate with experience. Extended Health Care Plan.

Be part of a collegial and dedicated team doing high quality work.

Please submit your cover letter, c.v., letters of reference, and academic transcripts to:

[email protected]

December 5, 2017


We are pleased to have already hired one student. We may have room for one more.

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 recently called 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.

December 5, 2017