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WELCOME TO PALLETT VALO LLP
Choosing the law firm at which to article is one of the most important decisions a law student will ever make. The choices that we make in selecting our students are no less important to us. Since we hire and develop the best students and lawyers, year after year, we see you as our future. For this reason, we put tremendous resources into our summer and articling programs. Our approach is to hire second-year summer students with the expectation that they will ultimately join us as lawyers.


A CHALLENGING AND STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT
Pallett Valo provides students with hands-on experience. They are given a high level of responsibility and will often work on a file from start to finish. We ensure that our students gain substantive experience and are given exposure to specialty areas such as Business, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Real Estate, Construction, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring, Employment & Labour and Wills, Estates & Trusts. In these areas, our students will gain experience:

  • Drafting transaction documents
  • Attending court proceedings with senior counsel
  • Participating in client meetings

MENTOR PROGRAM
Each articling student is assigned to one of our associate lawyers who acts as an advisor and sounding board. The program creates the opportunity for the student and the mentor to meet regularly to discuss progress to date. We consider this program to be an important factor in assisting with a student’s career development.


OUR ENVIRONMENT
We encourage our students to be involved with the firm in attending lunch and learn sessions, summer and holiday events, monthly lawyers' social get-togethers and other events. The firm provides students with a collegial atmosphere which encourages openness and collaboration.


HERE’S WHAT OUR PAST AND CURRENT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY: 

"As a summer student, I truly enjoyed my experience at Pallett Valo. The friendly and professional environment of the firm combined with the high quality of work that I was assigned made the experience very rewarding. Because of the size of the firm, I was often able to work directly with partners and senior associates, which accelerated the pace of my learning. Every single person that I worked with was willing to take the time to explain things and provide me with valuable feedback. I am very excited to be returning to Pallett Valo as an articling student."
Steven Pordage
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto (2009)
J.D., Queen’s University Faculty of Law (2012)

“My summer experience at Pallett Valo allowed me to gain practical hands-on experience in a collegial and professional environment. As a summer student you dive right into the thick of things, writing complex research memos, drafting pleadings and providing client service. In my second week, I was assigned a small claims file for which I was solely responsible. I was the main client contact and was in charge of communicating with opposing counsel, drafting pleadings and preparing documents, with guidance and supervision of course. It is a wonderful feeling to be entrusted with direct client service so early on. Aside from getting amazing quality of work, the firm has a strong open door policy, a great network of lawyers and partners to learn from, and the size of the firm gives you a great sense of community and belonging.”
Summer Motiwala
B. Comm. University of Toronto (2008)
J.D., University of Windsor (2012)

"My summer and articling experiences confirmed that Pallett Valo was the right choice for me. The small number of students and the flexibility of the program allow both the summer and articling experiences to be personalized to the student's interest. The mid-size nature of the firm also means that students are involved in big files and are assigned work that makes you feel like you are making an important contribution. The firm is committed to offering students an invaluable learning experience and preparing them for the practice of law. The atmosphere at Pallett Valo is friendly and collegial and students are always included in the professional and social events. Given my experience across a wide range of practice areas and the knowledgeable and friendly lawyers and staff, I am proud to have started my legal career at Pallett Valo"
Olivia Gismondi
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto (2006)
LL.B., University of Windsor (2010)
Called to the Ontario Bar, 2011

"As a summer student at Pallett Valo, I was instantly impressed with the amount of responsibility I was entrusted with. In each department, the lawyers’ willingness to assign the drafting of pleadings and facta to the students lifted my motivation as a newcomer to the legal profession. Senior counsel is approachable and encouraging, making for a firm environment like no other. Overall, summering at Pallett Valo provides students with a vibrant, hands-on learning experience."
Paul Guaragna
B.A., York University (2008)
J.D., University of Windsor (2011)
Called to the Ontario Bar 2012

"My summer and articling experiences at Pallett Valo were strong training grounds for the practice of law. I was given opportunities to explore my interests in all areas of the firm and learned valuable skills that I will continue to apply in my own practice. I had a high degree of responsibility on all files and while I was encouraged to learn independently, the lawyers were more than willing to address my questions and offer practical advice. Even though the firm holds high expectations for its students, its mid-sized nature cultivates a relaxed environment and strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and collegiality. It is a pleasure coming to work every day and makes being a lawyer that much more rewarding."
Cecile Ko
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto (2008)
LL.M., University of Warwick (2010)
J.D., Queen’s University (2013)
Called to the Ontario Bar, 2014

OUR LOCATION
Mississauga is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. It is recognized as Canada's 6th largest and fastest growing major city, with a population in excess of 700,000 residents representing cultures from around the world. The city is surrounded by quaint historic villages, bustling waterfront, and world-class art and theatre. For listings of what’s happening in the area, check on the following links:
http://www.livingartscentre.ca/
http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/home
http://www.shopsquareone.com/

IMPORTANT DATES

SUMMER STUDENTS
Our 2016 Summer Articling Student positions have now been filled.  Please check back in January 2017 for details regarding the application process for 2017 positions.

ARTICLING STUDENTS 
Our 2017/2018 Articling Student positions have now been filled.  Please check back in July 2017 for details regarding the application process for 2018/2019 positions.  

All application packages should be sent to Andy Balaura using the 'Apply For This Position' button.

*If you are experiencing difficulties with the 'Apply For This Position' button, please send your application to Andy Balaura at articling@pallettvalo.com.

Thank you for your interest in Pallett Valo LLP. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Pallett Valo is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace for all individuals.  Should you require any accommodation during the application, interview or onboarding processes, please contact Human Resources.  Pallett Valo LLP will consult with the person making the request in determining the best accommodation, accessible format or communication support that can be provided.  We believe in equal opportunity and we are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals including individuals with disabilities, by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

You should expect to hear back from us within 3 business days.

Human Resources
Frances Wales, C.H.R.L.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer       


Pallett Valo LLP
77 City Centre Drive, West Tower, Ste 300, Mississauga ON L5B 1M5

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