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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Toronto, Ontario

http://www.blakes.com

Recruitment & Hiring

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  1st Yr. Summer 2nd Yr. Summer Articling Students
Do you hire: Yes Yes Yes
How many did you/will you hire for:
2017 15 23 27
2018 8 35 23
2019 14 29 31
2020 TBD TBD TBD
2021 TBD TBD TBD
Rotation Yes Yes Yes
Split/Secondment Case-by-Case Case-by-Case Case-by-Case

First Year Summer Students

FIRST YEAR SUMMER STUDENTS:

Do you recruit first year summer students?
Yes
When is the application deadline for first year summer students? As governed by the Law Society of Ontario
When is the interviewing period? As governed by the Law Society of Ontario
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? No
Description of first year summer program: Our first year summer program runs from May until August.
First year summer students participate in two rotations in two different practice groups. Students are solicited for their interests regarding rotation choices.
There is a long tradition of excellent mentoring at Blakes. Our partners all benefited from the introduction and wise counsel of more senior members of the Firm, and we all benefit when those lessons and guidance are passed on to our students and associates. Students are assigned a mentor in each rotation whose role is to facilitate their professional training, skills development and to ensure students enjoy their summer at Blakes.
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Second Year Summer Students

SECOND YEAR SUMMER STUDENTS:

Do you recruit second year summer students?
Yes
When is the application deadline for second year summer students? As governed by the Law Society of Ontario
When is the interviewing period? As governed by the Law Society of Ontario
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? Yes
Description of the second year summer program Our second year summer program runs from May until August.
Second year summer students have the choice of two rotations, each rotation being approximately seven weeks in duration.
MENTORING:
There is a long tradition of good mentoring at Blakes. Our partners all benefited from the introduction and wise counsel of more senior members of the Firm, and we all benefit when those lessons and guidance are passed on to our students and associates. Students are assigned a mentor in each rotation whose role is to facilitate their professional training, skills development and to ensure students enjoy their summer at Blakes.
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OCIs

Will you be participating in OCIs this year? Yes
Schools: Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Law|McGill University, Faculty of Law|Osgoode Hall Law School, York University|Queen's University, Faculty of Law|University of Alberta, Faculty of Law|University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law|University of Calgary, Faculty of Law|University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section|University of Toronto, Faculty of Law|University of Victoria, Faculty of Law|University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law|University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Other Campus Recruiting

We will be recruiting students from the following law schools (outside of the OCI process) Lakehead University
Thompson Rivers University
Université de Moncton, École de droit
Université de Montréal, Faculté de droit
Université de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit
Université du Québec à Montréal, Département des sciences juridiques
Université Laval, Faculté de droit
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law
Université d’Ottawa, Faculté de droit, Section de droit civil
University of Saskatchewan, College of Law
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2018 2019
No. of 1st Year Summer Students 8 14
No. of 1st Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions (region dependent) N/A N/A
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students 35 29
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions 34 TBD
Quebec: Number of future articling students working as a 2nd year summer student
Atlantic: No. of articling students hired during 2nd year January recruitment
No. of additional articling students hired (in some regions, in addition to students hired through the summer process) 8 1


For Quebec and Atlantic Employers: Do you allow your articling students hired to work for you during their second year summer?

Articling Students

When do you hire articling students? As governed by the Law Society of Ontario
Do you still have any articling positions open for this year (starting 2019)? No
Do you anticipate having articling positions open for next year (starting in 2020) for external candidates outside of your current student hires (if any)? No
If so, how many positions do you anticipate having for external candidates?
Do you allow students to work during the licensing process in your jurisdiction? Case-by-Case
Description of articling program Our Articling Program typically starts in August, and it is designed to ensure students receive well-rounded articles by gaining experience in and exposure to different areas of law. Our rotation system ensures that students work with a wide variety of lawyers at the Firm. Students complete four rotations in different practice areas, with each rotation being two and a half months in length. The internal rotations are similar to those offered in our second year summer student program. Students may also have the opportunity to complete a rotation with one of our clients.

During each rotation, students are assigned a mentor whose role is to ensure that the student receives good work experience at the Firm. Mentors give the students work directly, and make a concerted effort to find work for the student with partners and senior associates at the Firm who can evaluate them. A mentor also helps the student deal with work flow, provides them with precedents, reviews their work and gives students advice and feedback about work styles of different lawyers.

The mentor also ensures that students receive ongoing feedback on their work. Students will meet with a member of the Student Committee and the Director, Legal Personnel & Professional Development, Employment Counsel, to review the student's performance and discuss the experience at the Firm.

Students attend orientation at the start of their articles which outline the resources available at the Firm. We also have a professional development program for articling students which focuses on developing substantive skills such as legal research and writing, advocacy and drafting skills.

At Blakes, we strongly encourage all of our articling students to write the Barrister and Solicitor exams before starting the articling period at the Firm. Students are paid 14 days salary to study and write the Barrister and Solicitor Exams. Blakes will pay all Licensing fees.

Social and community events are also an essential part of the articling student program.

For more details about our articling student program, please refer to our Web site at www.joinblakes.com.
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Do you offer internships? No

Summer/Articling

Do you accept applications for summer/articling positions from foreign trained students/lawyers? Yes
If yes, do applicants need to have an Assessment Report from the National Committee on Accreditation (in Québec, an attestation from le Barreau du Québec) before applying? Yes
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Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials Resume
cover letter
post secondary transcripts
law school transcripts
list of upper year courses
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Preferred Method of Application

Preferred Method of Application viDesktop Portal
Comments We only accept applications via viDesktop Portal.
2018 2019
How many articling students did you offer a first year lawyer position? 21
How many articling students in your articling program were seeking a position? 24
How many additional first year associates did you hire outside of your articling student program? 6
How many of the additional students clerked? 0