Law Clerk

The Law Clerk is responsible for providing a wide range of legal services within the following portfolio: land-use planning and development matters, including creation of easement rights; preparation, execution and registration of land development and other planning-related agreements; review of registered plans and title matters; real estate transactions, acquisition and disposal of land; preparation and administration of by-laws.

Education & Experience

Grade 12 and diploma from two (2) year Community College Legal Assistant (Law Clerk) course or Certification by Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.

Minimum of six (6) years of directly related, current legal experience, specifically in the planning, development and real estate portfolio.

*Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.

Language, Certificates & Licenses

English oral, reading, writing required


  • Knowledge of various legislation relevant specifically to the land development or real estate portfolio including, but not limited to, the Planning Act, Municipal Act, Land Titles Act, Condominium Act, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Real Estate and Conveyancing practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of municipal law and have strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of general and legal office practices and procedures, file systems, and general office equipment
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, E-Reg (Teraview), Map and other database applications including MTO ARIS System, Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations for corporate, litigation and financial searches
  • Knowledge of financial principles
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.

Competencies & Skills

  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction in a demanding, time-restrictive environment
  • Effective Communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to interpret provincial and federal statutes as they relate to day-to-day activities of the job
  • Effectively communicate with other City staff, law firms, surveyors, contractors, developers, banks, insurance companies/agents, other government agencies and the general public
  • Ability to draft and prepare planning and development agreements (site plan, subdivision, condominium, RDC, deferral, encroachment, etc.), and real estate documents
  • Demonstrated research and analytical abilities and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities, organize work and meet deadlines
  • Possess conflict resolution skills to influence decisions, and to deal with contentious/sensitive issues and situations
  • Excellent computer, research and writing skills


If this opportunity matches your interest and profile please apply online by using the "Apply" button. If this is your first online application please refer to our resources on how to apply for jobs online .

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre(link sends e-mail) at 613-580-2424, extension 47411

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