As an independent Officer of the Legislature, the Ontario Ombudsman sees his role as “humanizing government”. Every year his office handles close to 20,000 complaints from the public about provincial government problems, and resolves issues through early resolution and investigation. From increased newborn screening to enhanced security of Ontario’s lotteries to access to cancer drugs, the Ombudsman’s work has resulted in positive systemic change benefitting millions of Ontarians. The Ombudsman is also responsible for investigating complaints that the municipal open meetings law has been contravened.
Under the direction of Senior Counsel, the Articling Student is a member of the legal team responsible for a range of legal services, including legal advice and research, investigation of complaints, legal representation, policy development, and outreach.
This opportunity will appeal to students who want a hands-on articling experience making a meaningful contribution to the citizens of Ontario by promoting fairness, transparency and accountability within the public sector.
Successful candidates will have the following:
- Eligible to participate in the Law Society of Upper Canada Articling Program
- Demonstrated interest and competency in Administrative Law
- Balanced background including both paid and volunteer legal work
- Superb interpersonal and analytical skills
- Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and within a team
- Familiarity with social media and new technology is an asset
This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, exciting work environment and be part of a world-renowned office with a team of top public sector professionals. Please forward your application that includes resume, covering letter, law school transcript, and a writing sample to email@example.com
and quote 14/15-1 in the subject line. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
All applications must be received by 5:00 pm on July 4, 2014.
Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Moving expenses will not be paid.