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Hello,

I am currently looking for articling work in the Durham Region with no luck. I am cold emailing and looking at small firms or sole practitioners who deal with real estate, family, wills and possibly commercial. I am pretty flexible but mainly want to end up working at a general practice firm to get experience with the different areas of law. 

I am an international graduate so I am aware that I may have to do the LPP in order to get some Canadian legal experience. 

Does anyone know if there is any opportunity through the LPP to complete the 4 months articling at small firms in the GTA or if you are pretty much guaranteed to have to work in Toronto? 

I may have to do the LPP for lack of articling opportunities but I want to work in small firms in the Durham Region, not in the city. 

Also if anyone has any tips for cold emailing small firms that would be much appreciated. Its getting harder to keep writing cover letters and sending emails with no responses.  

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On 2/23/2021 at 4:37 PM, EndofTIme said:

Hello,

I am currently looking for articling work in the Durham Region with no luck. I am cold emailing and looking at small firms or sole practitioners who deal with real estate, family, wills and possibly commercial. I am pretty flexible but mainly want to end up working at a general practice firm to get experience with the different areas of law. 

I am an international graduate so I am aware that I may have to do the LPP in order to get some Canadian legal experience. 

Does anyone know if there is any opportunity through the LPP to complete the 4 months articling at small firms in the GTA or if you are pretty much guaranteed to have to work in Toronto? 

I may have to do the LPP for lack of articling opportunities but I want to work in small firms in the Durham Region, not in the city. 

Also if anyone has any tips for cold emailing small firms that would be much appreciated. Its getting harder to keep writing cover letters and sending emails with no responses.  

I can assure you it will be difficult to find an articling position in the LPP and limiting yourself to Durham Region. A lot of positions are in far-flung parts of the province. You may have to relocate to Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Ottawa, Windsor, or some other location in a rural area. There are placements available in the GTA, but you will be shooting yourself in the foot by being picky. In the end, you may end up with no placement. If you want to restrict your search to Durham Region, you would likely have to find a placement by yourself. 

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On 2/24/2021 at 8:47 AM, ghoulzrulez said:

I know a few people who did the LPP with placements outside of Toronto (not sure about Durham specifically). Check out the 'Thank You' section of Ryerson's LPP page to get an idea of some previous placement opportunities: Employers - Ryerson's Law Practice Program

Thank you for your response, that's a great idea. I will check it out

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13 hours ago, timeisticking said:

I can assure you it will be difficult to find an articling position in the LPP and limiting yourself to Durham Region. A lot of positions are in far-flung parts of the province. You may have to relocate to Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Ottawa, Windsor, or some other location in a rural area. There are placements available in the GTA, but you will be shooting yourself in the foot by being picky. In the end, you may end up with no placement. If you want to restrict your search to Durham Region, you would likely have to find a placement by yourself. 

Thank you for your response. Relocating out of GTA/Durham Region isn't possible for me so I will take that under advisement. I appreciate your honesty

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I am a lawyer in the Durham Region and can confirm that it is very hard to find an articling position in that area. We generally pay a lot less than lawyers in other parts of the GTA and just don't take on a lot of students. Your best bet is probably Walker Head or Devry Smith Frank in their Whitby office.

The most active areas of law in durham are estates, real estate and family law.  Estates and real estate don't have much of a need for articling students.  However, there are things for students to do in family law.  My best advise is to reach out to as many firms as you can but pay particular attention to firms that do family law and try to demonstrate an interest in the subject. 

I'm not going to hire you, but message me if you want to talk.

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On 2/25/2021 at 1:31 PM, EndofTIme said:

Thank you for your response. Relocating out of GTA/Durham Region isn't possible for me so I will take that under advisement. I appreciate your honesty

No problem. I hope you can find an articling position in your local area, but I would suggest casting a wider net and include other parts of the GTA as well. 

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On 2/27/2021 at 9:09 AM, UpAboveIt715 said:

I am a lawyer in the Durham Region and can confirm that it is very hard to find an articling position in that area. We generally pay a lot less than lawyers in other parts of the GTA and just don't take on a lot of students. Your best bet is probably Walker Head or Devry Smith Frank in their Whitby office.

The most active areas of law in durham are estates, real estate and family law.  Estates and real estate don't have much of a need for articling students.  However, there are things for students to do in family law.  My best advise is to reach out to as many firms as you can but pay particular attention to firms that do family law and try to demonstrate an interest in the subject. 

I'm not going to hire you, but message me if you want to talk.

Thank you for your advice, I appreciate the local knowledge

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