The articling experience at Bereskin & Parr LLP develops practical professional skills in problem recognition, creative problem solving, communications, and drafting. We assume that our students are fully capable of managing a significant degree of responsibility, and we ensure that our students have direct client contact from the outset.
Each student is formally assigned to a principal, who provides him or her with guidance and information, and who works with other professionals in the firm to provide constructive feedback, and ensure that the student is exposed to the required elements of the Law Society Approved Articling Plan. During the course of the articling term the Professionals Committee will also have discussions with the student regarding his or her progress.
We place a high priority on professional training and continuing legal education. The articling experience is supplemented by our in-house educational program, which covers a comprehensive range of intellectual property law subjects and issues.
Internal programs designed specifically for students include a series of luncheon seminars presented by various professionals in the firm on subjects that relate to their areas of expertise. Students are also encouraged to attend regular practice group meetings, which are structured around the issues specific to practice areas and the firm's monthly meetings, which include presentations and the review of intellectual property law developments from the preceding month. In addition, the firm conducts a series of seminars on trademark law and patent law designed for the purposes of educating lawyers, patent and trademark agents and students.