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