TDS has 100+ lawyers and its head office is located in True North Square. We are a full-service law firm in Winnipeg with offices across Manitoba and in Saskatchewan. TDS has been ranked and recommended by Chambers Global and Benchmark Litigation and has been recognized as one of the top regional firms in the prairies by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In addition, several of the firm’s lawyers are consistently recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada and LEXPERT® as leaders in their respective practice areas.
We serve a variety of small and large, local, national and international clients. The practice of law at TDS is diverse, challenging and personally rewarding. Most of our lawyers restrict their practices to specific areas, while several carry on very broad practices. Further information on our 30+ areas of practice can be obtained from the Practice section of our website.
Our objective in hiring students is to identify individuals who will join the firm, initially as Associates, and ultimately become our Partners. We hire students with the intention of developing them into excellent lawyers. The offers extended to students to stay on with the firm as Associates have historically reflected the firm’s objective to retain students who will carry on the firm’s tradition of excellence. Once kept on, our marketing group helps Associates to build their practice by offering a wide range of marketing and professional development support.
The Articling Year
We provide our students with extensive practical experience and regular exposure to clients and to other lawyers with the goal of developing strong legal and communication skills. Students are given the opportunity to work with lawyers in many different practice areas while, at the same time, the firm has the opportunity to assist the student in developing the foundational skills that are necessary to becoming a competent legal practitioner. During the articling year, each student is assigned to a small group of lawyers who act as “principals”. Emphasis is placed on providing each student with principals who practice in the area(s) of law the student is most interested in along with a principal or two in different fields so as to allow for a diverse and varied learning experience. We believe that this is superior to a “rotation” system as it allows articling students the opportunity to maintain continuity with files and their mentors, while also fostering a collegial atmosphere among students.
Mentorship is a key value during the articling year and beyond. We give students an appropriate level of responsibility and ensure that they have the necessary assistance and support to be able to properly complete the work that they have been assigned. Regular meetings are held among our students and the firm’s Students Committee to provide feedback with respect to performance, in addition to the ongoing feedback received directly from principals. Our practice of open-door access to lawyers is just one feature of the firm’s collegial approach to the practice of law.
Students usually commence their articles in mid-June. We pay our articling students a salary which is competitive with other large, downtown Winnipeg firms. The fees for PREP (the new bar admissions course) are paid by the firm along with any Law Society practising fees and Call to the Bar fees for those students who are retained as Associates. Our Articling students are eligible to participate in the firm’s group insurance benefits package, which includes health, dental, and disability insurance coverage.
The Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) by the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED)
We believe that it is important to both the student and the firm that students devote the required time to PREP and the associated assignments. We consider attendance at the in-person segments to be compulsory and we make every effort to ensure that a student’s workload does not conflict with the requirements of the course. Many of the lawyers in our firm have participated in the previous versions of the bar admissions course and recognize the demanding nature of PREP and its workload.
Professional Development Training
Along with frequent in-house seminars, TDS supports the attendance of students at outside CLE programs, including webinars and pays for their attendance at such programs.
Commitment to Diversity
One of our firm’s Core Values is that we value diversity and strive to reflect the communities we serve. In that regard, we encourage students who identify as an Indigenous person, a visible minority, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the LGBTQ2S* community to apply. We also welcome students to self-identify their membership in these groups if they wish to do so.
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