Student Experience

Read what our students have to say about why they joined the firm and what their experience was like. The students describe Hicks Morley’s firm culture, their exposure to different areas of practice and the type of work they performed.

Firm Culture

… the real reason I chose Hicks Morley was that from the start of the interview it was abundantly clear that Hicks was a firm that valued collegiality among its lawyers. That has only become more apparent as the summer has progressed. Everyone I have met has been friendly, helpful, intelligent, interesting and interested.

— Amanda Cohen, Queen’s, 2016 2L Student

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Hicks Morley is truly an open door firm. Whenever you have a question or need to bounce an idea off of a lawyer, they are always available and willing to help.

— Ashlee Common, Windsor, 2016 2L Student

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The breadth of the practice areas and industries offer incredible experience for any student who wants to work in labour and employment law. However, I found one of the most important factors that drew me to Hicks was the people. Not only are there opportunities to work with leading lawyers in this field, but everyone is personable, professional, and committed to involving students in work in a meaningful way.

— Sarah Iaconis, Western, 2016 2L Student

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In addition to the exciting work I was exposed to, the lawyers I worked with had an open door policy that created a truly collegial working environment.

— Kathleen Tate, Associate and 2015-2016 Articling Student

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Clients

I knew that as a management side firm a lot of files would be with the same clients but I did not fully comprehend how fundamental our practice is to their day to day operations. Our clients really rely on us to not only know the ins and outs of labour and employment law but also to understand how their business works from an industry perspective and to apply that knowledge to the unique circumstances of the particular employer.

— Amanda Cohen, Queen’s, 2016 2L Student

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Areas of Practice

Labour and employment law is much more broad and diverse than many people think. It deals with issues such as accommodation, privacy and general policy recommendations.

— Chetan Muram, UofT, 2016 2L Student

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It is certainly a dynamic and fast-paced area of law. Because this is a field that directly affects the workplace and employees, the work is incredibly diverse in terms of industries and issues. Practicing in labour and employment law means being on your feet, and it’s a great area for anyone who is interested in advocacy and work that is always changing, interesting, and involves a high-level of interaction with clients.

— Sarah Iaconis, Western, 2016 2L Student

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As an articling student at Hicks Morley I was exposed to exciting and challenging work in a diverse range of practice areas, including, among others, human rights, litigation, collective bargaining and labour arbitration. I was given the opportunity to interview witnesses, draft pleadings, prepare hearing materials, and attend hearings and court appearances for the various matters that I worked on.

— Kathleen Tate, Associate, 2015-2016 Articling Student

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In the interview process, I was told that students would get out of the office a lot and that the firm was a great place to gain advocacy skills. This is 100% true. I’ve done a ton of advocacy work and have been out of the office at least once a week. This field of law is very people-centric, so I’m constantly interacting with people (meeting clients, interviewing witnesses, attending meetings).

— Kate Shao, UofT, 2016 2L Student

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Work

Hicks Morley provided me with countless opportunities to develop my advocacy skills. From everyday drafting of pleadings and submissions to routine appearances in court, Hicks Morley provides practical learning opportunities which results in an exceptional articling experience. I had carriage of my own files (small claims court and OLRB proceedings) and assisted with the litigation of a coroner’s inquest (50% done on my own, 50% with partner present).

— Amy Sherrard, Associate, 2015-2016 Articling Student

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I was truly shocked at just how vital our contributions are to the firm. Every assignment I received played an important role in the overall client issue. The assigning lawyer was counting on our work production. The firm relies heavily on its students so the work assigned is challenging but very rewarding. You will have many opportunities to research but also to draft significant portions of submissions or even entire pleadings. You are an integral part of the team and the lawyers work with you to ensure that the best work product is produced. The work is challenging but rewarding.

— Ashlee Common, Windsor, 2016 2L Student

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Most, if not all of the times, that  I worked on files I was offered the opportunity to attend the hearing or arbitration or to stay on the file to do the drafting. The lawyers are genuinely interested in getting you to take responsibility for important parts of their cases. As an example, I worked on a wrongful dismissal case with a lawyer. He had asked me to do the research, draft the factum and distinguish the cases that were going to be relied on by opposing counsel. I attended the hearing with him and it was the first time that I had seen work that I had done argued in court. It was great to really see my contribution to the file and to have the opportunity to compare how I had conceptualized the ideas with how he had used them in his arguments.

— Amanda Cohen, Queen’s, 2016 2L Student

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One of the best aspects of my articles was the level of responsibility given to me very early on. This provided me with an opportunity to manage my own files and to be the direct contact with clients on various matters. This client interaction was invaluable. It allowed me to experience what it was like to be a practicing lawyer on a day to day basis. The client interaction continued through to the end of the file as the lawyers at Hicks Morley make a conscious effort to bring students to hearings. For me, these practical experiences were some of my best as a student.

— Thomas Shaw, Associate, 2015-2016 Articling Student

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I was surprised by the amount of opportunities available to students to attend hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. While I was aware that these opportunities were an important part of the student experience, I was surprised to see that I was often out of the office at least once per week. Being able to observe hearings, interact with clients, and see your research put to use are critical learning experiences as you start your career. The emphasis the firm places on these opportunities certainly speaks to its commitment to providing students with a well-rounded and hands-on experience.

One of my favourite pieces of work was an accommodation issue before the Human Rights Tribunal. I find human rights highly interesting, and this was even more engaging because I remained involved in the issue throughout the summer. I assisted in drafting witness statements and conducted research on a number of issues. Near the end of the summer, I also attended a hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal, where I was able to see first hand how my work contributed to that matter.

— Sarah Iaconis, Western, 2016 2L Student

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One of the best things about my student experience was that there was no shortage of opportunities to attend hearings, mediations or client prep meetings with lawyers. This allowed me to gain first-hand experience in to the world of labour and employment law. Also, as there was no formal rotation, I felt that I was able to pursue my interests freely.

— Anna Karimian, Associate, 2015-2016 Articling Student

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Bottom Line

At Hicks, I feel like I experience the close knit feel and level of responsibility you would expect at a smaller firm and at the same time worked on the types of files that would only be available with a larger firms resources.

— Amanda Cohen, Queen’s, 2016 2L Student

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