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toby1994
  • Articling Student

Trying to decide how wide I want to cast my net in the Toronto articling recruit. There’s firms that I definitely want to apply to, and then there’s firms where I’m like….maybe….for articling? But I don’t necessarily see myself enjoying the work long term. Is it worth applying to those firms as well?
 

I know I want to work in litigation, but there are some areas of litigation I think I'd enjoy more than others. As an example, I would love to work for a union side labour firm/union or employee-side employment firm. How difficult would it be to get a job like that after articling for a management side employment firm? I assume not very…but I’m not sure. I’m wondering the same about insurance defence/personal injury firms. Any insight would be appreciated! 

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LMP
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Your question is less general than the title makes it seem and I certianly can't speak to labour/employment matters. 

But what I will say is, don't be your own filter. I find a lot of people are overly conservative in their applications and end up dissapponted. 

Apply broadly, literally to any firm you'd be ok working at. Then, when you get interviews, you can begin to narrow it down. 

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PzabbytheLawyer
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On 5/25/2023 at 10:20 PM, LMP said:

Your question is less general than the title makes it seem and I certianly can't speak to labour/employment matters. 

But what I will say is, don't be your own filter. I find a lot of people are overly conservative in their applications and end up dissapponted. 

Apply broadly, literally to any firm you'd be ok working at. Then, when you get interviews, you can begin to narrow it down. 

Agreed.

But also, tailor each and every letter and CV. Yes, both.

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