Law Clerk Job at City of Hamilton – Hamilton, ON

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JOB ID #: 17223

Law Clerk

Corporate Services

Legal & Risk Managemennt Services

50 Main St. E, 4th Floor

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: All Temporary and Regular Full-Time Vacancies

UNION/NON-UNION: Non Union Management Professional

HOURS Of WORK: 35 per week


SALARY/HOUR: $38.760 – $45.334 per hour

  • Note: See appropriate Collective Agreement or the Non Union Salary Range for details.

STATUS/LENGTH: Temporary and Regular Full-Time Vacancies

Note: This is a periodic posting for all upcoming vacancies that occur from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021 and/or the eligibility list is exhausted. Applications are accepted up to closing date stated on this job posting.

Job Description ID #: 1959


Reporting to the Manager, Legal Services, provides a full range of law clerk support relating to a full-service law office, including dispute resolution, corporate, development and policy work.


Assists lawyers in their areas of practice by interviewing witnesses, compiling and summarizing evidence, obtaining subpoenas, preparing exhibits and other required documents. As well as researching and assisting with the preparation of materials for submission to administrative tribunals and assisting corporate lawyers with issues related to corporate agreements, governance and trademarks.

Researches and assists with the preparation of detail required for legal opinions, court litigation, administrative hearings and meetings of City Council, Committees of Council and Boards and Commissions.

Uses detailed knowledge of municipality or litigation to prepare drafts of correspondence, contract agreements, settlements and other legal documents and attends to their execution and registration when necessary and to the extent permitted by applicable Law Society rules and regulations.

Attends administrative tribunals and courts as required and to the extent permitted by the Law Society.

Liaises with other divisions and all levels of government including other City municipalities, including communications with staff at all levels.

Manages various collection claims as may be assigned and which may require attendance before Small Claims Court.

Word processes documents, correspondence, forms and research.

Maintains office filing system and related file management.

Receives visitors, answers general enquiries in person and by telephone and refers enquiries to the appropriate person when required.

Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the responsibilities of the position.

Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.


Proven knowledge of law clerk practices, procedures and theories normally acquired by attaining a diploma in a Law Clerk programme from a Community College or attaining certification/membership in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.

Progressive law clerk experience preferably in a Municipal Legal Department or other in-house legal department or private law firm.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience within a common law jurisdiction.

Experience in a computerized environment and able to conduct online legal research. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (i.e. Outlook, Word and Excel), OnCorp and Teraview.

Strong time management, multi-tasking and organizational skills. Ability to self-manage and work independently, set priorities and meet tight deadlines and possess the initiative and have the ability to carry out instruction without detailed direction.

Good interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of individuals, both internally and externally.

Eligibility and interest in joining relevant legal associations.

Ability to locate and accurately utilize relevant legal precedent documents.

Ability to locate and interpret Provincial and Federal Statutes and Regulations and Municipal By-Laws as they relate to day-to-day activities.

Must possess effective written and verbal skills in preparation of correspondence and legal documents.

A Diploma in a Law Clerk program from a Community College or Certification/Membership in the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario would be considered an asset.

Be advised that Human Resources frequently audits resumes of internal/external applicants to ensure/validate information provided is consistent and trustworthy. Falsification of information provided at any time throughout the recruitment process may be grounds for disqualification, and for internal applicants, subject to discipline up to and including termination.

The City is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. Consistent with our Values and Corporate Culture Pillars, the City of Hamilton is committed to providing equitable treatment to all with respect to barrier-free employment and accommodation without discrimination. The City will provide accommodation for applicants in all aspects of the hiring process, up to the point of undue hardship. If you have an accommodation need, please contact Human Resources as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

We invite you to visit the departmental webpage to obtain further information on the culture and business of this department.

The incumbent shall comply with all Health and Safety Policies and Practices for this position and the workplace.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that their application reaches Human Resources by the closing date or they may not be considered. It is also the responsibility of applicants to supply qualifications, licences and related experience relevant to the qualifications outlined above for this competition as directed. On the basis of the criteria set out above, this posting is open to all applicants

The statements made by me are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification of statements, misrepresentations, deliberate omission or concealment of information may be considered just cause for discipline, up to and including termination for internal applicants and disqualification for external applicants.

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Company Location:  Hamilton, ON

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