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Bereskin & Parr LLP - Toronto

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:
2020 5 8 6
2021 2 8 8
2022 1/TBD 4 6
2023 TBD TBD TBD
2024
Rotation
Split/Secondment

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? In accordance with LSO guidelines.
When is the interviewing period? In accordance with LSO guidelines.
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? Yes
Description of first year summer program: We use our summer and articling programs to introduce students to the practice of intellectual property law, exposing them to each of our main areas of practice. We expect our students to take initiative, and through open communication with their mentors/principals and the Professionals Committee, to help us structure a personalized program that will accurately reflect their individual interests and allow them to capitalize on their background and experience. Our students often have academic or practical backgrounds that render them well suited to practice in a specific area, such as computer software or biotechnology.

We assign two types of work to our students: client work and special project work. Client work involves dealing with specific issues that arise in the context of client files. Special projects may involve research for papers to be presented by firm members, the preparation of reports or summaries on important subjects or developments, or internal case reporting.
Social and Recreational Activities

The firm provides many opportunities for informal interaction through its social and recreational programs and activities including golf, bowling, and our regular Thursday evening social. Our students and associates often get together for informal social outings.
Comments
How many weeks is the first year summer program?

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? In accordance with LSO guidelines.
When is the interviewing period? In accordance with LSO guidelines.
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? Yes
Description of the second year summer program We use our summer and articling programs to introduce students to the practice of intellectual property law, exposing them to each of our main areas of practice. We expect our students to take initiative, and through open communication with their mentors/principals and the Professionals Committee, to help us structure a personalized program that will accurately reflect their individual interests and allow them to capitalize on their background and experience. Our students often have academic or practical backgrounds that render them well suited to practice in a specific area, such as computer software or biotechnology.

We assign two types of work to our students: client work and special project work. Client work involves dealing with specific issues that arise in the context of client files. Special projects may involve research for papers to be presented by firm members, the preparation of reports or summaries on important subjects or developments, or internal case reporting.

Social and Recreational Activities

The firm provides many opportunities for informal interaction through its social and recreational programs and activities including golf, bowling, and our regular Thursday evening social. Our students and associates often get together for informal social outings.
Comments
How many weeks is the second year summer program?

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 New Brunswick, Faculty of Law|University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section|University of Saskatchewan, College of Law|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|Ryerson University, Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Other Campus Recruiting

We will be recruiting students from the following law schools (outside of the OCI process)
Comments We are happy to accept applications from students eligible to article the following year.
2021 2022
No. of 1st Year Summer Students 2 1
No. of 1st Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions (region dependent)
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students 8 4
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions 6
Quebec: Number of future articling students working as a 2nd year summer student 1
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)


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

Articling Students

When do you hire articling students? In accordance with the LSO Guidelines
Do you still have any articling positions open for this year (starting 2022)? No
Do you anticipate having articling positions open for next year (starting in 2023) for external candidates outside of your current student hires (if any)? No
If so, how many positions do you anticipate having for external candidates? 0
Do you allow students to work during the licensing process in your jurisdiction? No
Description of articling program The articling experience at Bereskin & Parr LLP develops practical professional skills in problem recognition, creative problem solving, communications, and drafting. We assume that our students are fully capable of managing a significant degree of responsibility, and we ensure that our students have direct client contact from the outset.

Each student is formally assigned to a principal, who provides him or her with guidance and information, and who works with other professionals in the firm to provide constructive feedback, and ensure that the student is exposed to the required elements of the Law Society Approved Articling Plan. During the course of the articling term the Professionals Committee will also have discussions with the student regarding his or her progress.

Educational Programs
We place a high priority on professional training and continuing legal education. The articling experience is supplemented by our in-house educational program, which covers a comprehensive range of intellectual property law subjects and issues.

Internal programs designed specifically for students include a series of luncheon seminars presented by various professionals in the firm on subjects that relate to their areas of expertise. Students are also encouraged to attend regular practice group meetings, which are structured around the issues specific to practice areas and the firm's monthly meetings, which include presentations and the review of intellectual property law developments from the preceding month. In addition, the firm conducts a series of seminars on trade mark law and patent law designed for the purposes of educating lawyers, patent and trade mark agents and students.
Comments
Do you offer internships? No

Summer/Articling

Do you accept applications for summer/articling positions from foreign trained students/lawyers? Case-by-case
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
Comments We accept applications for summer positions if the applicant is eligible to article the following year.

Required Application Materials

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

Preferred Method of Application

Preferred Method of Application viDesktop Portal
Comments
2021 2022
How many articling students did you offer a first year lawyer position? 5
How many articling students in your articling program were seeking a position? 7
How many additional first year associates did you hire outside of your articling student program?
How many of the additional students clerked?