ARTICLING WITH US
Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP offers excellent articles in the areas of criminal and quasi-criminal law, and has done so since 1977. The programme’s goal is to facilitate hands-on experience and extensive courtroom exposure. We involve the student at every stage of trial and appellate preparation. The student has the opportunity to see a wide variety of cases defended, including murder, sexual assault, and white-collar crime, throughout the province. The Toronto law firm is also frequently involved in commissions of inquiry and coroner’s inquests. As a number of the lawyers prosecute on a part-time basis, the student will also have the opportunity to observe a case from the other end of counsel table.
The student is not normally asked to assume carriage of his or her own files. Our preference is to provide a more supervised experience which, in the firm’s view, ensures that upon his or her call to the Bar, the student is well-prepared to meet the challenges of trial and appellate litigation as a first-year lawyer. The student works with each lawyer in the firm on an “as needed” basis, an ancillary benefit of which is exposure to a variety of practice styles.
Our firm prides itself on the fact that we do very high-calibre work in a low-key atmosphere. The lawyers in the firm value the time spent away from the office with their families, friends and pursuing activities beyond the practice, including community work, teaching and legal writing. We encourage the student to challenge him- or herself, and we invite the student to discuss legal and ethical issues, practical problems and tactical matters with any one of us at any time.
Any questions should be directed to the programme’s contact, Scott Bergman.