We’re excited to add an Articling Student to join a litigation team that’s working together to chase their potential.
When we picture you, we think of someone who is an independent thinker. You are analytical and witty. You’re self-confident and humble. You do the right thing, always. You take pride in the intention and effort that you bring to the things that you do.
You are interested in litigation, and you did really well in your tax law courses. You are starting to get the idea that combining litigation and tax might give you the opportunities that you want to learn and grow throughout your career.
You want to be the best lawyer possible. And it’s easy for you to see how a law firm that combines a top-tier reputation, a new organizational model, and award-winning proprietary technology will put you in the best position to chase your potential.
We will consider candidates who have completed two years, with a B+ or higher average, at a Canadian law school.
We’re different from every other law firm. And we’re offering you an articling experience – and a career – that is different from every other law firm too.
We’re two parts leading tax litigation boutique and one part legal technology company. Our purpose – and our success – is pushing us to grow our tax litigation team, expand into other practice areas, and spin off a legal technology company.
We’ve engineered our law firm to grow tomorrow’s best litigators. Our legal technology circle builds tools to amplify our legal team’s expertise and conduct deeper analysis. And our organizational model is designed to insert learning, development, and improvement into our DNA. We’ve shed a lot of the things that will impede your ability to learn and do your best work (e.g., traditional partner power hierarchies, short-termism, and hourly billing models and targets). And, we’ve intentionally designed our roles, goals, feedback process, and peer support program so that everyone – at every stage – is learning and working, together.
Our articling role salary is $70,000 per annum. If you accept a position with Counter after the articling term, we will reimburse the fees you paid to complete all licensing examination fees.
It’s no secret that some Bay Street law firms will offer you a higher articling salary. If a Bay Street articling salary is your primary motivator, we suggest that you pursue and accept a Bay Street position. However, if your purpose and values align with ours, we expect that – like us – you’ll find the training, organizational model, and other things Counter offers more attractive in the short and long term.
Counter complies with the Law Society of Ontario’s rules and guidelines.
Our Work to Reduce & Surface Hidden Bias
We appreciate that our application and hiring process are imperfect. We’re working on it. We’re committed to adding one new element to our application and hiring process every year to reduce, surface, and examine hidden bias.
To date, we’ve added an online candidate personality test, we name-blind all resumes, and our interviewers and decision-makers are required to complete an implicit association test.
Counter’s 9-Step Process to Getting Hired (or Not)
We understand that gaining an articling position is tough. In the past, some candidates have asked to arrange informal one-on-one meetings before the official recruitment period. Unfortunately, we do not have the bandwidth to speak or meet with candidates before the interview week. And, it’s important to us that all candidates move through the process with equal opportunities and on equal footing. So, please resist the urge to send us those “I’d love to meet to learn more about all the exciting things that Counter is doing” emails.
We believe that – if you’re asking the right people or looking in the right places – it isn’t hard to learn a lot about us. For example, we invest time and energy gathering questions and answers that we publish on our career FAQ page.
If you don’t find an answer to a burning question, you can send your question using our Ask Us Anything form (embedded in the FAQ page) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your research reveals that Counter is the right fit, hit the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page. Please do not submit your application through any other website or portal (e.g., viLawPortal).
If you’re not sure, we suggest that you keep gathering evidence, asking tough questions, and comparing your options.
And, all along the way, you can use our career comparison tool to help you choose the best place to chase your potential.
We’ve created a comprehensive Q&A section with answers to student and applicant submitted questions. If you can’t find an answer, send us your question. We might add it to the page.
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