First-Year Associate

Job Description:

A first-year associate is an entry level lawyer who typically specializes in one area of law.

Entry-level and first-year associates perform a variety of tasks under heavy supervision and should be familiar with standard legal concepts and procedures.

To qualify for the job, candidates should have an LL.B/J.D, and be a member of an applicable provincial bar.

Employers prefer candidates with summer associate or law clerk experience.

Typical Duties of a First-Year Associate:

  • Researching and analyzing the law on complex issues and writing briefs for submission to a supervising lawyer in the firm
  • Analyzing and summarizing complicated legal documents, including contracts, and suggesting alterations to those documents
  • Performing discovery of various electronically stored data and hard copies of information in preparation for litigation
  • Performing due diligence in legal matters concerning contracts, agreements, and mergers and acquisitions