Your career at Torkin Manes

When we interview law students, we look ahead. Not just to next summer, or next year’s articling intake, but further down the road. We think long-term, because our students are a long-term investment for us. We look for energetic team players who think on their feet, make the extra effort to achieve a goal, or have the creativity to suggest a different approach. We want you to become the best lawyer you can be. In fact, we want you to become our partner.

Find your talent

At Torkin Manes, we want our lawyers to develop successful practices. That’s why we let them find their talent, whatever it may be. We give our articling students significant responsibility on both business and litigation files. You will conduct client interviews, attend at motions, examinations, Small Claims Court trials, and you will participate in all aspects of corporate and real estate closings. Our associates and partners are always available to answer your questions.

Because we want our students to become our partners, we invest in your professional development. We take our teaching and mentoring obligations very seriously. Both summer and articling students are assigned a mentor to whom you may turn for questions, direction and guidance. You will receive regular feedback and evaluation from your mentors, as well as direct feedback from the lawyers assigning particular tasks. Mentoring is both formal and informal: there are biweekly meetings to review and record progress, but informal sessions can be held at any time to help with real-world problem-solving.

Our lawyers hold weekly lunch seminars for students, emphasizing both substantive knowledge and skill development. Through these seminars, our students become aware of the firm’s many different practice areas and the tools they need to become outstanding lawyers.

Our Program

We run a summer program for students who have finished their second year of law school and an articling program for those who have completed third year. Both programs are hands-on and introduce students to all aspects of legal practice.

Summer students are based in either Business Law (which includes Real Estate) or Litigation. Our summer students are with us from May to August.

Our articling students begin their articling year in August, spending approximately half of their time in Business Law and the other half in Litigation. This ensures that you receive a well-rounded, comprehensive articling experience.

In addition, each articling student participates in our unique and exclusive Partner Intensive Program. For an intensive, one month period, you are seconded to a Torkin Manes partner in a practice area of particular interest to you, to have an unparalleled opportunity to see, from the best seat in the house, how that partner conducts his or her practice. Invariably, our students find that they obtain a new and fresh perspective of what it is like to conduct a legal practice, and how to build a legal practice.

While we work hard at Torkin Manes, we recognize that there is more to life than work. We have firm-wide social events during the year which allow all of us to get to know each other better. There are special events just for students to relax together and recharge. Torkin Manes is also an active participant in many community and charitable fundraising events such as the Run for the Cure, the annual CN Tower Stair Climb, Becel Ride for the Heart; Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario Wheelchair Relay, Matthews Dinsdale Cup Ball Hockey Tournament (which benefits The Hospital for Sick Children), and Sporting Life 10K Run (which benefits Camp Oochigeas).


Torkin Manes summer and articling student salaries are competitive with other large downtown Toronto firms. Summer and articling students’ compensation is currently $1,450 per week.

In addition to a competitive salary, articling students also receive:

  • Extended health and dental benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Two weeks’ paid vacation

Torkin Manes is a dynamic, growing, mid-sized law firm based in downtown Toronto. Our 80 lawyers practise in all areas of business law and litigation—and over 40% of them articled with the firm. 

Our clients choose us for our common-sense approach. We help them achieve their goals—with value for their legal dollar. In fact, they’ve ranked us in Canadian Lawyer as one of the top 10 regional law firms in Ontario.

Our associates also consistently rank us in Canadian Lawyer as one of the top Toronto law firms for junior lawyers. Why? Because they get to practise real-life law, helping clients while being mentored by seasoned practitioners in their chosen legal fields.

Because we want our associates to become our partners, we help them through life’s passages too. For example, we give our associates special help preparing for parental leave. A seasoned partner (and parent) helps new parents ramp down before going on parental leave, then ramp up again in preparation for return to fulltime practice. Torkin Manes spearheaded the Justicia project, an initiative of the Law Society of Upper Canada designed to retain and advance women lawyers in private practice. 

That’s why our firm continues to attract men and women who want to practice law in a high quality and friendly environment where every lawyer is helped to realize his or her potential and to excel, not only in the office, but in the community. It is a culture and vision that has stood the test of time, and one that makes all of us proud to be part of such a unique team.

2017/2018 Articling Students (August 2017 - June 2018)

Michaela Chen 400-286 


Michaela Chen

School: University of Ottawa
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 297

 Nicholas Dempsey 400x286


Nicholas Dempsey

School: Western University
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 243

 Katelynn Drake 400-286  

Katelynn Drake

School: Western University
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 344


Justyna Parusinski

School: Western University
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 200


Jennifer Siemon

School: Queen's University
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 314

Aron Swartzman 400-286


Aaron Swartzman

School: Western University
Tel: 416 863 1220 Ext 382


2018 Summer Students (May - August 2018) 




Sayde-Hope Crystal

School: Queen's University



Sanaya Mistry

School: Western University



Breanna Young

School: University of Ottawa

2018/2019 Articling Students (August 2018 - June 2019)


Devra Charney

School: Queen's University


Anthony D'Angelo

School: University of Windsor


Taryn Meyer

School: University of Ottawa


Reena Rosenwald

School: Osgoode Hall Law School


Nicole Zavalkovsky

School: Queen's University

Articling Students

The application process for the 2018-2019 Articling Recruitment process is now closed.  For more information on the Law Society of Upper Canada's Articling Recruitment Procedures, please visit

Summer Students

The application process for the 2018 Summer Student Program is now open. Please submit your application electronically through the videsktop portal at  The deadline for all 2018 Summer Student applications is Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.   For more information on the Law Society of Upper Canada's Summer Student Recruitment Guidelines, please visit

How to Apply

Please submit the following with your application package: 

Resume, Cover Letter, Undergraduate Transcripts and Law School Transcripts. References are optional.

Address your cover letter to:

Leonard Rodness
Director of Student Programs
Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2W7 

Please submit your application electronically through the videsktop portal at

It is our preference for all applications to be submitted via the link above. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Our Students Tell Us

Hands-on Experience

"It was the hands-on quality of work and the high degree of in-depth involvement in files I experienced at Torkin Manes that really helped me drill down into the area of law that I want to practice."

Leslie McGowran, Articling Student 2016 - 2017

"The work has been diverse, valuable, and meaningful - just what I hoped I would get from my articling experience."

Jordan Stewart, Articling Student 2016 - 2017

"I hadn't originally expected to play an important role with client work this early in my legal career, so it was very exciting to be involved in examinations for discovery and trials. Being exposed to such opportunities has truly inspired me."

Katherine Laliberte, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Supportive Work Environment

"I can see how the work that I am doing directly impacts client files. This level of responsibility has allowed me to grow and improve more than I would have thought possible in such a short period of time."

Emma Gardiner, Articling Student 2016 - 2017

"The lawyers I have worked with are truly interested in providing me with meaningful learning opportunities and fostering my development as a lawyer."

Lauren Crosby, Articling Student 2016 - 2017

"During my summer at Torkin Manes, I was encouraged to explore various practice areas. The support I received helped me discover the areas of law I enjoy the most."

Alexa Turner, Associate, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Incredible Mentoring!

"The combination of hands-on experience, challenging assignments, and an extensive mentorship program provided me with the ideal platform for professional and personal growth."

Liz Hong, Articling Student 2016 - 2017

"The mentoring program has been incredible. I've learned more than I thought possible in such a short period of time. That intensity isn't exhausting --- it's been invigorating."

Ilia Valitsky, Summer Student 2012, Articling Student 2013 - 2014

Our Partner Intensive Program

“The Partner Intensive Program at Torkin Manes is a truly incomparable experience. I was mentored and encouraged to grow as a young lawyer. The work that I did mattered.”

Noorin Manji , Articling Student 2016 - 2017 

"I had a good idea which practice area interested me most. Torkin Manes' Partner Intensive Program allowed me to gain a true appreciation for the day-to-day challenges in my preferred area of law. The intensive program reaffirmed which practice area was right for me."

Seth Zuk, Associate, Articling Student 2011-2012, Summer Student 2010

    Leonard Rodness

    “We’re not looking for students; we’re looking for partners.”

    Len Rodness, Torkin Manes

    Director of Student Recruitment

    Contact Us

    Leonard D. Rodness
    Director of Student Recruitment
    Tel: 416 777 5409
    Fax: 1 888 587 9139


    Lindsay Kantor
    Director of Student Programs
    Tel: 416 643 8806
    Fax: 1 888 823 9022


    Simone MacIsaac, CHRP, CHRL
    Human Resources Manager,
    Student Recruitment


    For questions with regard to your application or the student program, please contact: