“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."
“Being a summer student at Blakes is an unmatched experience. As a student, I was immediately challenged to make meaningful contributions on substantive legal matters alongside some of the brightest legal minds in the profession. Each lawyer with whom I worked generously invested their time to ensure not only my success on any particular task, but also my success during the summer and my early career. This ethic of mentorship at Blakes truly sets it apart. Lawyers and staff alike are passionate about working here, and it shows in the way that they support students.”
"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."
"My summer at Blakes was an extremely rewarding experience. The work was both challenging and engaging, and I was given many opportunities to take on responsibility and develop practical skills. Blakes provided a flexible, tailored approach that allowed me to focus on my areas of interest while working on a variety of different files. The mentorship, both formal and informal, was excellent. The lawyers and staff went out of their way to create a welcoming, social environment and to ensure students were given every possible chance at success. "
"My summer working with Blakes proved to be an outstanding experience. I was able to work on a diverse array of legal matters, and found the structure of the summer student program to be beneficial for someone like myself who was unsure about what area of corporate law to pursue. It was rewarding to continually learn and develop my legal skills in an environment surrounded by leading experts. At Blakes, student development and integration into the Firm's culture is prioritized and there is no shortage of mentorship, socializing, or opportunities for continuing legal education."