Torys LLP Gives Law Students a Glimpse of Life Inside the Firm

    Law firm reaches prospective articling students with videos on YouTube
    and iTunes

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    To attract Canada's top law students, Torys LLP has produced a new video
series that will be available on YouTube and iTunes, and on the firm's website
    Featuring various lawyers and students of the firm, the videos are
intended to have reach and appeal beyond the information provided by most
firms' websites and printed material. "Our videos convey to our future
students what we are like on a personal level," says Deborah Dalfen, Torys'
director of student affairs. "We offer honest and candid talk from students
who have been through our summer and articling programs."
    In the first video, Dalfen describes the interview process and the
benefits of the firm's student program, while in separate videos, Torys'
student program co-coordinators discuss various aspects of law student life.
In addition to appealing to students, partners David Dell and Amanda
Balasubramanian discuss their backgrounds and experiences as law students, and
their process of selecting their areas of expertise. Says Balasubramanian:
"During the interview process, we want to see that students will fit in well
at Torys. Students should similarly be evaluating whether Torys is the right
fit for them."
    The total of six videos also feature five students from Torys' 2008-2009
articling student class. While law students traditionally fear the gruelling
interview process, many of Torys' students comment on the relaxed nature of
interviews at Torys. "Even the most senior partners were really welcoming,"
says articling student Molly Reynolds. "Everyone was friendly and truly
interested in what I had to say."
    Torys' videos also feature students talking about themselves and their
backgrounds, and their articling year friendships. "Our class bonded well,"
says Tim Robbins. "My peers have been like a second family."

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    "Torys was one of the first law firms in Canada to produce video
podcasts," notes Stuart Wood, Torys' chief marketing officer. "Since 2006, we
have produced a number of video podcasts with the firm's lawyers discussing a
wide range of topics - from M&A to climate change. For our new student videos,
we wanted to ensure that the content was accessible to students where they
would be looking for it. We are using social media to achieve this. Our
footage will be available on, iTunes and YouTube, and we'll also be
announcing the launch on Twitter."
    Torys' previous student video series had more than 2,000 views in 2008.
Torys is aiming for the 2009 series to reach an even larger audience.
    "We hope our new series will open a new line of communication between us
and incoming law students," says Dalfen. "We want them to get to know us even
before they come to our office to meet us."

    Torys LLP is an international business law firm with offices in Toronto
and New York. The firm is well-known for its advice and services on major
transactions and cases.

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