Program Details

Our Gatekeeper System will take you down the path you choose.

Focused on attracting and nurturing the most talented articling students, we offer a collaborative, friendly environment to help you succeed. At Fillmore Riley, we believe the articling year is a time of learning and growth. Therefore, you are not required to record a minimum number of billable hours. 

To ensure you get the most out of articling, we’ve implemented what we call our Gatekeeper System. Under this system, one designated partner acts as a mentor and guide to our students, and receives all of the student assignments from lawyers in the firm and evenly distributes the assignments among students. By effectively managing your workflow, the “gatekeeper” exposes you to a diverse range of legal work and helps you to build relationships with lawyers in your practice areas of interest. 

You will work under the supervision of lawyers but as your skills develop, you may also assume conduct of client files. Files are often worked on by a team of lawyers, providing you with the opportunity to experience counsel in action and receive feedback on your work.