Articling Student Program

Articling Rotation System

The Blakes Articling Student Program is designed to ensure that students receive well-rounded articles by gaining experience in, and exposure to, different areas of law. Students are given the opportunity to request a specific corporate or litigation group that they would like to work with more closely and will rotate to different floors as part of our three rotation system. This ensures that our students obtain broad exposure to the principal areas of our practice under the individual guidance and supervision of experienced lawyers and also gives students the ability to tailor their articles to suit their individual interests.


Mentoring

Blakes puts an emphasis on the importance of good mentoring. In addition to their principal, students are under the supervision of a mentor, usually a mid-level associate who practises in that area, at each stage of their rotation. The mentor ensures the student receives a variety of work and helps train the articled student. As a result, we integrate our articled students into our day-to-day practice


Professional Development

When articled students start at Blakes, they receive an orientation on the resources at the Firm.

We have a series of in-house seminars to supplement our rotation program. The seminars cover topics ranging from the development of basic practice skills to introductions to specific practice areas.

Our librarian is available on an ongoing basis to assist students and associates with legal research and writing and issues of substantive law.

We are strongly committed to the principle that our students and lawyers keep current in their practice and that, as a firm, we stay on the cutting edge of new areas of law.

Our lawyers and students are encouraged to participate in conferences and seminars, as speakers and as attendees. Conferences sponsored by professional bodies and industry are supplemented with our Firm, student and office-wide seminars.

First-year associates participate in a week-long national training program that allows them to meet their colleagues in other offices, while developing key practice skills.

Further, mid-level associates participate in a national training program to teach skills that focus on practice development.

Professor Peter Hogg, Canada’s leading constitutional law scholar, has returned to Blakes in the role of Scholar in Residence. In addition to constitutional law, Peter is a leading scholar on Crown liability and trust issues. He is assisting with the Firm’s continuing legal education activities. Peter works out of our Toronto office and presents skill development seminars for lawyers from all of our offices in conjunction with local lawyers.


Social Events

Throughout the articling year, students have the chance to participate in a range of social events. The social events are a great way to get to know the lawyers and other students at the Firm. These include events such as office holiday parties, dinners, zip-lining and smaller practice group get-togethers.


The “Nuts and Bolts” of Articling

We have two fixed start dates for our articled students: starting at the firm in July/August (with PLTC taken in May) or starting at the firm in November (with PLTC taken in September).

The Law Society of British Columbia requires students to complete an articling term (usually a nine-month period) and successful completion of the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC). For more information, click here.


Feedback and Evaluation

Our mentors, lawyers and Chair of the Student Committee give students regular ongoing assessments of their performance on an informal basis. Articled students will be evaluated twice during their articling year. These evaluations provide useful and constructive information for the students and afford articled students a formal opportunity to express their views on the Firm, the opportunities given to them, and the direction they would like to see for the balance of their articling year.


Compensation and Benefits

Upon accepting an articling student position with Blakes, we pay salary and all course fees. The current annual salary for articled students is C$55,000, which includes 10 days of paid vacation.

Blakes compensation package is competitive with other large national law firms. Our students are covered by British Columbia Medical Services Plan, extended medical coverage, a dental plan, an employee assistance program and a group accident plan.

Due to our continued and steady growth, we are generally able to offer associate positions to a high percentage of our articled students.

We are very proud that our hire back ratios have been consistently high.


Application Process

The application and interview process for articled students are in accordance to the Vancouver Bar Association Articling Interview Guidelines. For more information regarding The Vancouver Bar Association, please click here.

2019/2020 Articling Students:

Student Open House: Thursday, July 12th, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 (rsvp to jennifer.mcnaught@blakes.com)
Application Deadline: June 29, 2018
Intention to Call Emails (ITC): Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Interview Call Day: Friday, July 13, 2018
Interview Period: Monday, August 13, 2018 – Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Offer Call Day: Thursday, August 16, 2018