Torys has a team of research lawyers available to all members of the firm for consultations and research on a wide variety of legal topics. Other lawyers maintain and develop our precedent systems, assist lawyers and students in the effective use of our technology for information-searching purposes, develop pages within our intranet, Torysnet, on topical issues, monitor and communicate legal developments, and consult with members of the firm on legal questions, particularly in the areas of securities law, practice and precedents.
More than 10,000 legal memos and opinions are archived and stored in our Legal Memo System. These are available online to all members of the firm and are fully searchable.
The Legal Memo System is also used to archive email legal questions, facta, internal practice notes, current awareness bulletins and current research lists.
Torys has a longstanding commitment to the capturing and sharing of information. We have several systems available to help lawyers and students find precedents. Our flagship precedent collection is one of the most extensive collections of model form annotated documents in Canada. While formatted for quick and automated use, these documents also serve an educational role. They are prepared carefully to reflect the firm standard and are updated to take into account current legal developments.
We also maintain an online historical precedent system, online access to commercially available precedents and a library of transaction documents. The indices to this library are available online and are fully searchable. We also track precedent and experience requests to put lawyers and students in touch with others who have recently considered similar issues.
Our collegial working environment is enhanced by regular practice meetings to discuss matters of current interest. For example, the lawyers in the Corporate and Capital Markets Practice hold a meeting on current or recently completed transactions twice each month. Other groups also meet regularly to ensure that consistent advice and best practices are adopted throughout the firm.
Torys regularly publishes bulletins on current legal developments that affect clients' businesses. The bulletins are also an important vehicle for keeping our lawyers and students current and for bringing them up to date quickly on specific topics. All bulletins, as well as other guides and commentaries produced for clients, are available on Torysnet and are fully searchable. The bulletins are also available on Torys' website.
With assistance from our library services staff, several lawyers monitor legislative and regulatory changes and send appropriate alerts. All alerts are available online and are fully searchable.
Torys also has a current awareness service that circulates published materials to lawyers and students; a legislative watch service for lawyers and students interested in particular topics; and a weekly Library Report, which, among other things, tracks the progress of Ontario and federal legislation.
Corporate lawyers and students receive updates to changes in securities rules, TSX rules and other regulatory guidelines as developments occur.
Torys boasts one of the largest and best-equipped private law libraries in Canada. It is staffed by four librarians and three library technicians who can provide you with a full range of research and reference assistance. The library provides a noting-up service for cases and legislation, and a photocopy and document delivery service. We maintain an extensive print collection of texts, law reports, journals and statutes – all fully catalogued.
The library also provides access to all major legal and non-legal online services (Lexis, Quicklaw, DisclosureNet, PLC etc.) and boasts a substantial number of networked information services. All are readily accessed through Torysnet. Your library orientation will include instruction on legal research techniques and the use of the various library materials as well as introductory online search training.
Each student office is equipped with a handheld device as well as an advanced desktop computer, fully networked, with direct access to the Internet and, through Torysnet, to all online research services, as well as our legal memo and precedent collections. You will receive customized computer training as part of your orientation at Torys.
“My summer at Torys has been the perfect introduction to the legal profession. I have been involved in exciting and challenging files that allowed me to gain exposure to multiple practice groups. As a summer student, most of the files you work on involve complex tasks that are completely new to you. At Torys, I was given the resources and support I needed to confidently assist the many lawyers that I worked with. Each of these lawyers made an effort to ensure that I understood the bigger picture of any file I was working on and that I could come to them with any questions that I had. Torys’ supportive and collegial work environment made it the perfect place to begin my career.”
2017 Summer Student
“Torys is a truly unique firm. As a student I have been engaged in challenging and complex work, but have never been without the support of the firm’s lawyers and of my peers. Each lawyer I worked with went out of their way to help me learn and was genuinely invested in seeing me succeed. I could not have asked for a better place to work or better people to spend my summer with!”
2017 Summer Student
Torys LLP is a respected international business law firm with a reputation for quality, innovation and teamwork.
We operate from offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary and Montréal.
Torys is pleased to invite you to an Open House on June 7. The evening will offer helpful information sessions and networking opportunities with our lawyers and current students. We look forward to meeting you!
At Torys, you will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced work environment and a supportive, collegial and team-based culture. We take pride in our ability to attract and retain individuals who excel in their respective fields.