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ARTICLING AT LCM ATTORNEYS

Choosing LCM Attorneys to complete your articling period for the Quebec Bar means joining a leading firm that values excellence and getting the opportunity to work on stimulating mandates in a dynamic yet laid-back atmosphere, where teamwork is valued and everyone is important.

A young and dynamic firm

Founded in 2014 by a group of partners from one of the largest firms in the country, LCM Attorneys has experienced remarkable growth and has quickly established itself as a leading firm in Montreal, and one of Québec’s most renowned “litigation boutiques.”

The secret of our success? Outstanding lawyers, of course: jurists with recognized expertise, strong advocacy skills, creativity and the ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex legal issues. For us, there is no single model, no “fitting the mould”. We firmly believe that all members of our team should be encouraged to express their own unique personality.

Broaden your horizons and discover what really stimulates you by working alongside lawyers with different and varied practices and their own unique style.

Our lawyers are recognized by the legal community and the judiciary. Many are ranked among the best in their field by Lexpert, Benchmark Canada or Best Lawyers in Canada, are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers or the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, or have received the Advocatus Emeritus distinction from the Quebec Bar.

The private practice of law is a demanding profession, often requiring long hours and arduous work. But we know that there is an important difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. For us, a laid-back atmosphere, camaraderie – and the occasional bit of madness – are essential ingredients of working life.

Diversified matters, stimulating mandates

From large multinationals to start-ups, from financial institutions to professionals, we represent clients of all sizes in a wide range of areas of the law.

A wide variety of cases: from class actions to administrative law, from construction law to international litigation.

Our students and stagiaires are thus called upon to work on a wide variety of files: class actions, injunctions and other extraordinary remedies, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, construction law, professional liability, appeals and judicial review, public law, administrative law, arbitration, international law matters, etc.

While we are litigators first and foremost, our services are not only retained in the context of court disputes. We are frequently called upon to advise our clients in the normal course of their operations, whether by providing legal opinions or giving strategic advice, performing contractual review, conducting internal investigations, assisting in the implementation of internal policies or guiding contractual processes such as calls for proposals.

With a team of over twenty-five lawyers and two paralegals, we are able to take on large-scale files. But we also retain sufficient flexibility to handle files where the economic stakes may be more modest, but the impact on our clients is no less significant.

This diversity of files allows our students and stagiaires to be integrated into work teams of various sizes and to be entrusted with mandates that allow them to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills.

An integral part of the team

In a growing firm such as ours, recruiting students and stagiaires means always retaining a long-term focus. We are not looking for a temporary workforce, but for future colleagues and partners. What we seek are bright, dynamic, resourceful and independent students who are eager to learn, value teamwork and are ready take on challenges in a friendly and stimulating environment.

A layered, hierarchical structure, where stagiaires and students work in the background, that’s not us. At LCM Attorneys, stagiaires and students are an integral part of the team, and they are quickly called upon to take responsibility and develop their autonomy. Each student and stagiaire is unique, so we support each one’s progress with the right level of supervision to accompany them in the development of their skills while giving them the freedom they need to reach their full potential and develop the career that they want.

A stratified, hierarchical structure, that’s not us. Here, everyone is part of the same team.

For us, the best way to learn is to be directly and actively involved in the files. Our students and stagiaires have the opportunity to work on all facets of the mandates entrusted to us – from research and the drafting of legal memoranda and opinions to meeting with clients and preparing for examinations and trials – all the while working in constant collaboration with our lawyers.

Mandates are assigned directly by the lawyers in charge, who always remain available to answer questions and share their expertise. We practice an open-door policy: students and stagiaires know that they should never hesitate to ask questions and share concerns and ideas with other members of the team.

Our students and stagiaires benefit from training sessions specially designed for them and have the opportunity to attend the firm’s regular meetings and continuing legal education sessions. During the articling period, articling supervisors and mentors ensure that each stagiaire has the opportunity to work on stimulating files and collaborate with as many of our lawyers as possible.

Useful information

Stagiaires recruited for the Québec Bar’s articling program have the opportunity to work as students before their articling period. This allows them to familiarize themselves with the workings of the firm and start developing their reflexes before their articling starts. Most of our students thus choose to work during the summer (or two summers) prior to articling, and some students also choose to work part-time during their final year of law school.

The compensation and benefits we offer our stagiaires and students are competitive with those offered by other Montreal firms. Among the benefits offered, stagiaires are covered by the firm’s medical and dental insurance plan and receive an allowance for cell phone expenses. We also pay the tuition fees of the Québec Bar School, as well as the cost of mandatory documentation.

LCM Attorneys is a signatory to the Entente de recrutement 2019-2020 entered into by Montreal and Québec City firms, and subsequently amended. As part of this year’s “course aux stage,” which has been postponed to August 2020, we will be recruiting students who wish to complete their articling during the year 2022. In accordance with the Entente, all interviews will be conducted by videoconference.