“From the moment I joined Blakes as a summer student I was immersed in the culture of the firm. I was given both challenging and meaningful work in my first week, and this trend continued throughout my summer. The wealth of knowledge and resources at Blakes made my work more efficient and more valuable to our clients. The opportunity to work on various files in a wide range of practice areas enhanced my summer experience and prepared me for my articles. The team focus at the firm both locally and across our offices worldwide enabled me to do the best work possible. The mentorship I received from Blakes lawyers this summer has been invaluable, and I look forward to returning next year to article.”
"The talented lawyers at Blakes are as brilliant as they are diverse, and are always willing to provide exemplary mentorship to foster development amongst their future colleagues. From the first day of my summer, I was given extensive opportunities to take on meaningful work, and have been deeply involved in files, all while receiving patience and support from some of Canada’s most respected lawyers. I have attended a multitude of luncheons, panels, and business development events, have been entrusted to interact directly with clients, and have participated in countless meetings with partners and associates. However, what truly makes Blakes stand out to me is the collaborative atmosphere within the firm and endless engagement opportunities that ensure students are seamlessly integrated into the tight-knit community that Blakes fosters."
From day one I could tell that I was entering a very supportive and inclusive environment amongst the other students, fostered by Blakes’ extremely welcoming lawyers. This overwhelmingly positive social dynamic, coupled with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully on a number of important and interesting projects, made for an ideal summer experience.
Blakes’ summer program strikes the perfect balance between a truly supportive atmosphere and a culture of excellence. As a summer student, I was able to work on substantive legal matters, learnt from some of the industry’s best minds, and received invaluable mentorship from members of the firm who were truly invested in my success.
Blakes provides each student with richly substantive work, genuine mentorship, and engaging social events. From attending court appearances and mediation hearings, to making meaningful contributions to interesting files, the summer program has afforded me countless opportunities to foster a strong foundational skill set.
I cannot speak highly enough about how welcoming and inclusive I found the firm’s atmosphere to be. It was evident that Blakes’ open-door policy and tradition of mentorship is deeply entrenched within the firm’s culture, as every lawyer I encountered was willing to invest time into helping me succeed.
As students at Blakes, we are given interesting and meaningful responsibilities that allow us to develop our legal skillset while contributing to the firm. With caring and considerate mentors and a student program that focuses on fostering personal and professional growth, I truly feel that I have gotten the most out of this summer.
"During my summer at Blakes, I had the opportunity to do meaningful work alongside leaders in the legal community in a collegial and dynamic environment. Though many of the files were large and complex, I was set up for success: instructions and expectations were clear, and the lawyers and the staff were readily available to provide guidance. The lawyers took the time to walk me through files and ensure that I understood the greater context and how things fit together. My summer articles cemented my decision to practise law. I am confident that I have chosen the right path and am excited to return to Blakes as an articling student. "
"From the very beginning I was made to feel welcome by everyone at Blakes. I was given the opportunity to work with tremendous lawyers on a wide variety of projects in many different practice areas. My mentor was always available to chat about absolutely anything. The most rewarding part of the summer was being brought on at the very beginning of a large corporate transaction, which gave me a chance to work on the due diligence research, the document drafting, and the physical closing with our clients. I received helpful instruction throughout from the lawyers involved, and I felt like I was able to make a meaningful contribution to the deal."
"The Firm devotes significant resources to make the students feel supported, welcome and part of the team from day one. We were each matched with a mentor who practises in our area of interest; however, every lawyer I worked with became an informal mentor who went out of their way to ensure I was learning the most I could from each file I was a part of. I was invited to client meetings because the partner on the file thought it was be a great learning experience for me – and it was. I left the summer feeling as though everyone at Blakes was invested in my education and success."
“From being a summer student to becoming Partner, working at Blakes has been an enriching experience both from a professional and personal standpoint. It is a firm where you are encouraged to take on responsibilities early on in your career, to think critically and to grow as a lawyer while being given the opportunity to work with very talented and highly qualified lawyers from across (and outside) Canada on local, national and international projects. This is also a firm which promotes lawyers’ involvement in varied pro bono endeavors (from participation in board of directors of cultural organizations to fellowships in human rights NGOs), which to me, should be a component to every lawyer’s career.”
“In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to complete a secondment at Essilor, a French multinational corporation and world leader in corrective lenses. During my time there, I worked on very interesting and complex legal mandates. These were challenging, but I was able to excel in the role knowing that I had an incredible amount of support and resources behind me at Blakes. My secondment allowed me to develop as a young professional, but more importantly, to meet and develop relationships with inspiring co-workers. Furthermore, I am certain that experiencing the daily realities of our clients will be invaluable as I progress in my career. I would highly recommend this fantastic opportunity to anyone who has the chance to jump on it!”
“At Blakes, students are part of the team from day one. As of my first summer, I was entrusted with interesting and challenging mandates and was even asked to work on secondment with one of the Firm’s institutional clients, where I took the lead on a number of projects in various practice areas. Throughout my stage, I was continually impressed with the level of responsibility and diversity of my mandates and appreciated the lawyers’ care in extensively involving me on files. The support provided by both Associates and Partners was unparalleled and revealed the extent to which they care about and invest in students’ professional development. The experience I gained was invaluable and has allowed me to feel both confident and excited to begin my career with Blakes.”
“Blakes provides students with a supportive environment in which they are encouraged to participate fully in all areas of the Firm’s practice from day one. As a summer student at Blakes, I was immediately given the opportunity to work directly with one of the firm’s clients. During my litigation rotations as an articling student, I gained invaluable advocacy skills by arguing contested motions, attending examinations, handling small claims files, dealing with clients and attending Court of Appeal proceedings. The challenging mandates are made possible by the Firm’s open-door culture and commitment to student mentoring. During my time as a student I received invaluable guidance from coaches committed to helping students succeed. I am grateful to have had such invaluable support and dedicated mentorship throughout the early stages of my career. ”
“Blakes offers students a unique environment where we are encouraged not only to work well, but also to play well together. As a result, every day at work is different: we are constantly exposed to diverse areas of the law and asked to try and explore new and different things. All students work closely together, with one always willing to provide another with insight or assistance when necessary. Additionally, the Firm organizes several student events that encourage us to take part in fun and exciting activities as a group. The experiences have brought us closer: working together has made us want to spend more time together, and spending time together has made us eager to work together. Blakes provides us with tools to become skilled lawyers in an environment that encourages us to have fun and be ourselves, while building quality relationships with other members of our team.”