Articling in Hamilton

The Hamilton Law Association was founded in 1879, and today includes over 900 members, including many from outside the Hamilton area. Our mission is to enable our members to become successful, respected and fulfilled in their profession. We accomplish this by offering a wide variety of services and benefits to our members.

Students articling in Hamilton are important members of our Association. They are welcomed and assisted in the use of our excellent research library, which is well-equipped for electronic research.  The Association has an extensive calendar of continuing legal education programming, including seminars tailored to meet the needs of students and new lawyers.  Our Bar enjoys a high standard of professionalism that encourages excellent legal work in a collegial environment.  Hamilton is also a great place to live, work and play.  It has an outstanding waterfront trail, many golf courses and a healthy downtown nightlife. 

For a full description of all Hamilton has to offer to our students, please download our Articling Brochure.

Young Lawyer Mentors Available

Are you currently a law student or articling student? Members of The Hamilton Law Association's New Lawyers' Subcommittee are available to speak with you regarding articling and working in Hamilton.

For common questions about the program, please see our mandate and FAQ page

New Lawyers' Subcommittee Mentoring Contact: Augustine Krawchenko, Krawchenko Law - [email protected]


Articling Recruitment Procedures for the 2022-2023 Term

Please visit the Law Society of Ontario's website for the full 2022-2023 Articling Recruitment Procedures

Articling candidates will also find the LSO's Articling Candidates webpage helpful. 


Jobs for Students

In order to view job postings for students, please visit our Careers page. Any jobs we receive notice of will be posted on the Careers page. 


List of Firms Hiring Students

The Hamilton Law Association maintains a list of local firms who regularly hire students, complete with contact information of Articling Principals and other important notes for students searching for work. Please click here to view the full list. 


Posting on The HLA's Careers Page - For Employers and Applicants

Is your law firm hoping to post a job notice for a student position, or are you a student or other professional seeking a position in Hamilton? If so, please see below for the Hamilton Law Association's Job Posting Policy. 

Policy for Posting a Job Notice

  1. The use of this service is limited to paid-up Regular members of The Hamilton Law Association;
  2. Available positions for lawyers, articling students, paralegals, legal support staff, legal volunteer opportunities, and available office space can be posted;
  3. Those seeking a position as a lawyer, articling student, paralegal, legal support staff, legal volunteer, or seeking available office space can be posted;
  4. Postings are limited to jobs where the location of the primary place of work is within the municipal boundaries of The City of Hamilton;
  5. Job notices will be posted for a period of 90 days from the date of submission;
  6. Prospective applicants and employers may renew their posting or resubmit a new job submission form after the 90 day period, upon request only;
  7. To post a job notice, a Job Notice Submission Form must be completed and submitted to the designated HLA staff member tasked with website administration. HLA staff will not draft job notices on behalf of prospective advertisers. 

To post a job notice, please submit a completed Job Notice Submission Form (below) to [email protected]

Note: This service is being offered free of charge at the present time.