Student Program


Deciding at what law firm you summer and article is an important choice. It will be your first real taste of how law is actually practised on a daily basis. The things you’ll learn will be with you for the rest of your career.

At ESB, you’ll get hands-on experience in a number of areas, and will work on many of the matters that you will experience once you get called to the Bar. You may get this at other law firms. But, what you won’t get at those other firms is exposure to a culture that promises “uncommon value delivered by a culture of service.”

You’ll see what “uncommon value” means first hand. You’ll work with lawyers at the top of their fields, creating world-class solutions for their clients.

You’ll see those same lawyers deliver those solutions with “a culture of service.” You’ll not only learn how to ensure your clients are happy with the results you produce, but are also happy with the way in which those results are produced.

It’s the combination of these two things that will help you build a long and prosperous legal career, and you can learn it right here at ESB.

If starting your career off on the right foot is something you are interested in, read on to learn more about our student programs and how to apply. 


Summer Program

Our summer program typically commences the first week of May and ends in mid-to-late August. Students can expect to:

  • Draft contracts and clauses for a variety of business needs
  • Draft estate documents
  • Research and prepare memoranda of law and legal issues
  • Assist with real property transactions and due diligence
  • Assist on motions and trial preparation
  • Prepare and review facta and other advocacy documents
  • Attend mediations in a supportive role
  • Be exposed to law office procedures, issues and management

Applications for our summer student program are due by the first Friday in February each year.  Please be advised that we will NOT be hiring a summer student for 2018. 


Articling Program

Our articling program exposes students to a much more varied experience, commensurate with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s rules on students’ rights of appearances. In addition to those items typically experienced by summer students, students participating in the articling program at ESB can expect to:

  • Argue motions in the Superior Court of Justice
  • Follow an action from commencement to trial in the Small Claims Court, with proper supervision
  • Draft pleadings and motion materials
  • Draft by-laws and policies for corporations and public sector compliance
  • Meet with clients to gather information and execute documents
  • Be involved with law office procedures, issues and management

ESB Lawyers complies with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Recruitment Practices and Procedures established by the Law Society of Upper Canada governing the City of Hamilton. The application deadline for the 2019/2020 articling program is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

Students interested in applying to our articling program are required to send the following information by mail:

  • A brief covering letter addressed to the attention of Mark R. Giavedoni;
  • An updated resume;
  • Undergraduate and Law School transcripts; and
  • Reference letter(s), if available.

We thank all those who express an interest in our firm; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held the week of May 28, 2018.


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Hamilton, Ontario
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