You can only expect to become a skilled and competent lawyer by experiencing what skilled and competent lawyers do. Thankfully, we have 30+ lawyers with those exact qualities across 13 different practice areas. We encourage our students to become directly involved in everything we do, including the following:
  • Discussions on strategy development
  • Attendance at client meetings
  • Examinations for discovery
  • Administrative hearings
  • Arbitrations
  • Court appearances
Cunningham Swan offers the opportunities and exposure that a student would expect at a larger law firm in a city centre, with the hands-on experience and collegiality that can only be achieved in a small firm environment. As a student at our firm, you will be exposed to a broad range of practice areas, with close supervision and mentorship. We have experienced lawyers practicing in 13 different areas, allowing you to explore your interests as they develop.

What We Value

A large proportion of our current Associates and Partners started at our firm as summer students and/or articling students. We actively work to provide our students with a dynamic and beneficial learning experience, enhancing their growth opportunities within our firm.

As lawyers, we know that we are only as successful as the networks that surround us. For that reason, our families, colleagues, friends and community all hold important positions in our lives. We encourage every member of our firm to nurture the relationships and interests that allow us to excel both personally and professionally through a manageable work-life balance.

We are proud of our long-term commitment to and involvement in the Kingston community. Our current and future lawyers actively support these efforts through teamwork and participation in local initiatives.

For a better idea of our workplace culture and our team, we encourage you to read more here.

Who We Hire

We typically look for enthusiastic, motivated, and intelligent individuals who will enhance our team. Specifically, we seek individuals who demonstrate professionalism, strong analytic, academic and interpersonal skills. Candidates with close ties to the community or intentions to stay local will be competitive.
Where a student demonstrates their commitment to excellence and to the shared goals and values of our firm, we are pleased to invite them to continue to grow with us. We understand that one of the best ways to determine if Cunningham Swan is right for you is to speak to some of our current employees at the firm, including current students, associates and partners. You can find contact information for our team members here.

What Our Past Students Say

Articling Students

Felix Lavoie
Felix Lavoie: Current Articling Student

Cunningham Swan typically seeks to fill two articling positions each year. The articling program involves two rotations:

Litigation:

This rotation will allow each student exposure in the practice areas of civil litigation, labour & employment, and family law- among others.

Solicitor:

This rotation provides students the opportunity to engage in various types of transactions in business and corporate law, real estate, wills & estates and municipal law.

Despite the formal rotation, students are not prevented from engaging in work outside their rotation when need or interest pulls them. The firm supports a flexible approach to the articling term where students are encouraged to explore the areas that interest them most.

Students are included in our continuing education program for lawyers and are invited to attend in-house seminars organized by each practice group. In addition, Cunningham Swan encourages its students to attend out-of-town educational opportunities throughout the year.

Each articling student at Cunningham Swan is assigned a lawyer as a mentor who will provide regular feedback and guidance. Your mentor will also meet with you for the formal assessments required by the Law Society of Ontario. We encourage our students to seek feedback and guidance from every member of our firm and nurture an environment where no one should feel intimidated to ask questions, get involved, and learn. From day one, all of our doors are open to you. We look forward to assisting you in your growth and development.

For more information, or to apply, please contact our Human Resources Manager, Angela Finlay, by email at afinlay@cswan.com.

We also accept student applications through the viRecruit Portal. Click here to access the viRecruit Portal and view our current job postings for law students.

Summer Students

A summer student position with Cunningham Swan could lead to a position as an articling student, an associate lawyer and even a future partner. In fact, for many of our Associates and Partners, it already has. Each summer student at our firm is assigned to a lawyer who can provide mentorship, feedback and guidance throughout their time here.

Our summer students fulfil roles in an array of practice areas. For this reason, there is no formal rotation. However, the firm supports a flexible approach that allows our summer students to work and learn from different partners with varied and complementary experiences to their interests.

For more information, or to apply, please contact our Human Resources Manager, Angela Finlay, by email at afinlay@cswan.com or apply below.

We also accept student applications through the viRecruit Portal. Click here to access the viRecruit Portal and view our current job postings for law students.

Current Postings

Category:
Posted November 16, 2020
Closes January 18, 2021
Full-Time Position
Each summer student at our firm is assigned to a lawyer who can provide mentorship, feedback and guidance throughout their time here. Our summer students fulfil roles in an array of practice areas.
Posted November 15, 2020
Closes December 20, 2020
Full-Time Position
We are currently searching for a full-time Legal Assistant to join our team. Experience in Wills & Estates and/or Family Law is a definite asset.
Category:
Posted November 10, 2020
Closes December 31, 2020
Full-Time Position
We are currently searching for an Associate to join our Municipal Law Group.  Our clients are predominantly municipalities, with some private development clients who operate in those municipalities for whom we are not their solicitors.

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Student FAQ

Cunningham Swan typically seeks to fill two articling positions and two summer students for the period between May 15 and August 15.

Student compensation is on par with other similarly sized law firms in the Eastern Ontario region.
  • A cover letter outlining your interest in our firm
  • Your resume
  • A photocopy of your academic record from any undergraduate degrees and law school
  • Any other information or work samples you think we may find useful

You may apply with our application portal in the ‘Apply’ section above. We also accept student applications through the viRecruit Portal. Click here to access the viRecruit Portal and view our current job postings for law students.

For more information on current postings, you can reach out to Angela Finlay, Human Resources Manager at afinlay@cswan.com