Why You Should Join a Small or Boutique Law Firm

Choices, choices, choices.

As a law student, you have some decisions to make once you’re ready to article. How do you pick the right firm to gain the most out of your articling experience? There are national firms, local firms, solo practitioners and also small and boutique firms like Winright.

Today, we’ve asked some of our current law students why they chose to go to a smaller firm for their experience and what they’ve gained out of it.


Jonathan Lau – Summer Student

Jonathan Lau

At a smaller firm, you get a chance to have direct client exposure right away, you lead your own files from start to finish (really get to learn how the legal process works), and have the opportunity to have your input in how the firm is shaped and how it grows” 

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan is currently a student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Prior to studying law, Jonathan studied at Ivey Business School, obtaining an interest in corporate law and topics involving securities and corporate finance. At school, Jonathan is involved with his passion of sports being part of the HoopLaw Society board and various intramural teams.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys the outdoors, watching the NBA and crying over the demise of the Los Angeles Lakers.





Alysha Li – Student of Law

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“I enjoy being at a boutique firm like Winright because I get more client contact, varied work experience across practice areas, hands-on experience as well as active mentoring and regular training” 

Meet Alysha

Alysha is currently a law student at the U of M’s Robson Hall. While she may never adjust to Winnipeg’s flat land, she is grateful to be a law student in such a friendly and sunny city. Alysha completed her undergraduate studies at UBC, where she left with a BComm and a nagging desire to go to law school.

When she has time, Alysha loves to play with her friends’ dogs, binge-watch Asian dramas, and cheer on (and sometimes cry over) the Germany football team and Bayern Munich.



Payal Verma – Student of Business

“I find that a smaller firm allows me to gain more hands on experience. In addition, the environment is less intimidating. This makes for a better opportunity to start my career and grow with the firm as they expand.”

Meet Payal

Payal is currently attending Simon Fraser University. She is completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies. Payal knew she wanted to study psychology since high school and discovered she also enjoyed the study of law while in university.

In her free time, Payal enjoys hiking, photography, attending concerts and going on adventures with her friends. She also finds it in her to cheer on the Canucks and Blue Jays regardless of their tough times...




Aaron Lee – Student of Law


“I was able to get hands-on experience, more guidance and training and a wide range of exposure to different areas of law. A small firm was also a more friendly environment to start my legal career”

Meet Aaron

Aaron is currently a final year student at Peter A. Allard School of law at UBC. He is enrolled in the LLB/JD joint program between Tsinghua University and Allard. Originally from Hong Kong and attended undergraduate in Beijing, his previous legal experiences include summer internships in Hong Kong and clerkship in Mainland’s court.

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing basketball and binge-watching videos on YouTube.




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Find us at the Allard School of Law’s 2019 Small and Boutique Firm Career Fair.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 18:00 to 20:00
Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building (999 Canada Place), Ballroom A

Want to summer or article at a small or boutique law firm or for the government? The Small & Boutique Firm Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet lawyers from various employers!

We are looking for the right articling student – and that could be you!

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