Application Process

2020 – 2021

The application period for the 2020 – 2021 clerkship year is now closed. We would like to thank all students who have applied. Successful applicants will be contacted by early March 2019.

2019 – 2020

The Superior Court of Justice is hiring two (2) additional law clerks for the 2019 – 2020 articling year: one in Barrie (Central East Region) and one in Hamilton Central South Region).

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 candidates who are in their third year of law school or who are seeking to fulfill their articling requirements are eligible to apply.

See Program Informationfor details on law clerk duties, position locations, and terms of employment.

How to Apply

Clerkship applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Candidates are asked to submit the following materials by email to SCJ.clerkship@ontario.ca:

(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 10 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.

Your writing sample should not exceed 10 pages (it is permissible to submit an excerpt from a longer document).

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.

Interviews

Interviews will take place in each judicial region at the end of March and beginning of April. 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.

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