I consider myself very fortunate to have spent my summers in law school and my Articling term with Cunningham Swan. The firm offers the benefits of working in a larger firm with the breadth of practice areas while also providing the benefits of working in a smaller firm with an extremely collegial work atmosphere.
My experience at Cunningham Swan has been exceptional. Even in the early stages of the articling process, it was obvious to me that the firm is interested in knowing you as a person. From the moment that I was offered an articling position, I was included in firm functions and immediately felt welcome. The firm is the perfect size because it is small enough that you get to know all of the members of the firm and you end up working with all of them, but the diversity of their practice areas really gives you an opportunity to explore your own interests and find the practice area that you really like. The atmosphere at the firm is collegial and the lawyers’ doors are always open. Lawyers and staff alike are approachable and are always willing to offer guidance when it is needed. It was not long after the start of articling that I started to feel like part of the team. I found myself being given interesting work from the outset and was often encouraged to become involved from the early stages of a file and to really take part in every aspect of it. Everyone is very mindful of the fact that, as articling students, we are learning not only about the law but also about how the practice works. The firm really gives you a chance to learn as much as you can during the articling term, whether it is through working on files, taking part in practical aspects or attending continuing education seminars or conferences. I have had a great experience at Cunningham Swan so far and I am looking forward to my future here as an Associate.
It was my experience that Cunningham Swan provides a comfortable, supportive, and collegial environment in which articling students are encouraged to participate fully in all areas of the firm’s practice. The firm’s partners, associates, and staff are friendly, approachable, and take a genuine interest in promoting learning and professional development. I was regularly provided with the opportunity to engage in hands-on work that added value to client files, and allowed me not only to learn, but also to feel that I was making a valid contribution to the firm’s work product. Cunningham Swan offers the sort of challenging and rewarding work experience that is often associated with firms in big city centres, but offers the added benefit of a balanced, cooperative, and team-oriented work environment that is characteristic of smaller firms.
My experience as an articling student at Cunningham Swan was extremely positive and exceeded my expectations. Even though the firm consists of 20+ busy lawyers practicing in a wide range of areas, it was easy to get to know all the lawyers and staff because the environment of the firm is very friendly and collegial. From the moment I began the articling term, the firm included me in all of its social events and educational seminars, which allowed me to meet and become familiar with my future colleagues and the firm’s diverse clientele. Everyone at the firm is sincerely excited about the practice of law, which results in challenging, interesting, hands-on work, rather than spending the majority of your time doing the same things over and over again. “Why don’t you take the first crack at it?” is a phrase you’ll hear frequently as an articling student at Cunningham Swan. I received a remarkable amount of encouragement and guidance and was thoroughly impressed by the firm’s dedication to student development the outstanding mentors I had the opportunity to work with. I had no hesitation in accepting the invitation to join the firm when my articles were complete.