Application Process

2019-2020

The Superior Court of Justice hires 25 law students each year to fill clerkship positions throughout the province; three of these positions are dedicated to the Divisional Court in Toronto, and one position in Ottawa requires oral and written fluency in English and French.

The Court seeks applicants who possess strong academic records, excellent legal research and writing skills, and the ability to produce high-quality work under strict deadlines. Bilingualism is an asset in all regions. Only those candidates who are currently completing their second year of law school are eligible to apply. See Program Information for details on law clerk duties, position locations, and terms of employment.

How to Apply

Clerkship applications are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday January 24, 2018.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application through the VI Law Portal (www.vilawportal.com). In the VI Portal, select “Superior Court Clerkship” for location. Do not submit any application materials until after December 15, 2017. If applicants are unable to submit their application materials through the VI Law Portal, please email your materials to SCJ.clerkship@ontario.ca.

Candidates are asked to submit the following materials with their application through VI Law Portal:

(1)  a cover letter indicating your preferred court location (or the order of preference if you are applying for more than one location);
(2)  a current curriculum vitae;
(3)  one legal writing sample (maximum 15 pages);
(4)  two letters of reference referring to your research and communication skills (please note: if a referee has requested that a letter of reference remain sealed, you may send it by mail to the address below).
(5)  official transcripts of law school and undergraduate grades (including first semester of second-year law). Originals are not required as these can be downloaded with application materials to VI Law Portal.

Your writing sample should not exceed 15 pages (it is permissible to submit an excerpt from a longer document). If official transcripts for the fall term are not available by the application deadline of January 24, please indicate in your cover letter when they will be available and forward a copy once they have been released.  Students may wish to include an unofficial copy of any mid-term marks. Students must forward an updated copy of their transcript in order to complete their application.

If a referee has requested that a letter of reference remain sealed, you may send it by mail. We recommend that at least one of your reference letters is from a law professor who can speak to your legal abilities. Letters of reference must be received by the application deadline.

Candidates may apply for positions in multiple locations. If you are applying for positions in various regions, please submit one application and indicate in your cover letter your location order of preference. The applications for each region are considered separately; your chances of receiving your first choice will not be affected by applying for more than one location.

Candidates may apply for Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court positions. If you are applying for both clerkship positions, please submit one application, clearly indicate that you are applying for both positions, and list your order of preference.

Interviews

Interviews for positions in Toronto, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and for the Divisional Court typically take place in Toronto, while interviews for positions in other locations generally take place in their respective regions. The Court does not pay travel costs to attend interviews. Please note that law clerks are contract employees of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

If candidates indicate in their applications that they are willing to clerk in multiple regions, they may also be invited to interview in more than one region. Applications are considered separately for each region, and each region conducts interviews on a different date.

Interviews are typically conducted by at least one judge and a counsel from the Office of the Chief Justice and last approximately 30 minutes. You may be asked how you might approach a legal problem; however, you generally will not be asked substantive legal questions.

If you have questions about the clerkship program, please contact the Manager of Legal Research at (416) 327-5005 or by e-mail at SCJ.clerkship@ontario.ca.

Mailing address:

Counsel & Manager of Legal Research
Office of the Chief Justice – Superior Court of Justice
361 University Ave., Room 621
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3