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Join WHRL – STUDENTS

About Us

Williams HR Law (“WHRL”) is a dynamic team of first-rate legal professionals and staff who provide customized labour and employment law services to employers of all sizes and in virtually all industries. Our lawyers are personable, approachable and committed to maintaining an enjoyable work environment that fosters individuality, innovation and initiative. We provide full service legal solutions regarding employment relationships in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Our approach is flexible, cost-effective and practical. We are strategic and proactive, with the ultimate objective of diffusing workplace issues before they escalate. However, when our clients face litigation, we are strong advocates.

Our approach is flexible, cost-effective and practical. We are strategic and proactive, with the ultimate objective of diffusing workplace issues before they escalate. However, when our clients face litigation, we are strong advocates.

Our team delivers customized labour and employment law services to a diverse group of employers across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.  We provide counsel to employers operating in virtually all sectors including retail, food services, manufacturing, automotive, insurance, education, municipal, financial services, professional services, construction, not-for-profit, transportation and healthcare.

Students

Summer Students at WHRL will be exposed to interesting work in a wide variety of labour and employment law matters. Our students are fully integrated members of the legal team, and are involved in all stages of client matters. Students can expect to be involved in the following:

  • Researching and drafting legal memoranda
  • Providing support at hearings (HRTO, OLRB, WSIB, WSIAT, civil court, OCJ, labour arbitration)
  • Assisting in workplace investigations
  • Participating in client calls and meetings
  • Drafting employment agreements
  • Drafting employment policies
  • Drafting termination letters and legal correspondence
  • Researching and drafting blogs and newsletter articles
  • Assisting in the preparation of presentations and seminars
  • Attendance at business development initiatives

Our integrated approach allows students to participate in complex legal work with the support and mentorship of seasoned practitioners. This allows students to gain a practical understanding of the lifecycle of various matters, and how their contributions fit into the larger context of an employment relationship.

Please contact Joel Smith at jsmith@williamshrlaw.com or 905-205-0496 x 224 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

What We Offer

Responsibility and inclusiveness

Every member of the Williams HR Law team is a hands-on contributor to our success, and students are no exception. Students have the opportunity to become fully engaged in files, interact with our clients, and participate in aspects of firm operation.

Engaging labour and employment law work

As a student at Williams HR Law, expect to be engaged in exciting and meaningful work across the employment law spectrum and for a diverse range of employer clients. We have long-standing relationships with many of our clients and you will quickly come to learn the value of the services we provide to them.

An enjoyable work environment

At Williams HR Law, we place great value on maintaining a collegial, supportive and respectful workplace environment. That’s why our lawyers and support staff are committed to maintaining an engaging culture that rewards team players with positive, can-do attitudes.

Professional development & feedback

Although more formal evaluations are conducted, feedback is constantly provided on an informal basis as part of our commitment to student development. Our lawyers’ doors are always open and students are encouraged to ask questions.

Testimonial – Aleksandra Pressey

WHRL 2016 Summer Student, 2017 Articling Student

Before starting my summer student position at Williams HR Law, I hoped to learn generally about the kinds of work management side labour and employment lawyers performed for their clients. I had the opportunity to be involved in so many aspects of the practice that my summer experience was even more intriguing and robust than I hoped. Besides preparing legal memoranda and blog posts on many fascinating areas of the law, I had the opportunity to draft several types of correspondence, including medical letters, employment letters, and responses to opposing counsel. I was also asked to draft sections of pleadings, policies, and proposals presented to incoming clients. I was able to work closely on files with all the lawyers. In addition to being exposed to a variety of legal tasks, I received insightful, constructive feedback throughout the summer, which allowed me to continuously learn and improve. I also had the opportunity to learn outside of the office. I helped to prepare for and attended client meetings, a workplace investigation, a Small Claims Court settlement conference, a hearing before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, workshops for clients, and the annual Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting seminar. The welcoming atmosphere allowed me to participate fully in the practice and culture of the firm. The summer just flew by, and the experience I had was invaluable.

Apply Today

If you believe that WHRL is the place you would like to begin your legal career, you can submit an application by forwarding the following information to studentrecruitment@williamshrlaw.com:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Law School Transcripts
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • List of Upper Year Courses

Applications should be addressed to:

Joel Smith
Williams HR Law Professional Corporation
studentrecruitment@williamshrlaw.com

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.