Chown Cairn's Niagara Articling Program

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Chown, Cairns LLP is a full-service law firm located in downtown St.Catharines at 80 King St. The open-door policy in our firm gives our students access to our highly qualified team of lawyers and staff.

The articling program provides students with a well-rounded articling experience in all of our service areas. The Corporate/Commercial department gives our students experience working in Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Insurance, and Business Law. Students will also gain practical experience working in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, and Labour and Employment Law.

Typically we hire one student per Articling term. Qualities that we look for in our students are intelligence, dedication, initiative and a general fit within the firm. As we service the Niagara Region, we require that our students have reliable transportation to facilitate their work. Compensation is determined before the start of each term and is competitive with other firms in the Niagara Region.


Our Law Firm’s Summer Program

Our summer program is less structured than the articling program, however our students still achieve a well-rounded experience by receiving work from each area of the law our lawyers practice in. For the summer program, we typically hire one student. Just as with the articling program, we require the student to have reliable transportation and compensation remains competitive with other firms in the Niagara Region.

Our objective in hiring students is to attempt to identify individuals who will remain and grow with the firm, initially as associates and, ultimately, as Partners. It is, of course, not always possible to predict the number of positions available for articling students at the time they receive their call to the Bar, however the majority of Chown, Cairns LLP’s lawyers began their careers as articling students with our firm.


Applying to our Articling and Summer Positions

Should you have any questions about our Articling or Summer program, contact Veronica Scanterbury at 905-346-0790 or by email at

To apply for of our Articling or Summer positions, please send a cover letter, resume and transcripts to:


Chown, Cairns LLP
Attn: Veronica Scanterbury
80 King St. Suite 900
P.O. Box 760 St. Catharines, ON
L2R 6Y8
Fax: (905) 688-0015