Blakes Diversity & Inclusion Pre-Law Summer Student Program

The Blakes Diversity and Inclusion Pre-Law Summer Student Program was established to offer an opportunity to an undergraduate student from York University, the University of Toronto, or Ryerson University to gain exposure to the practice of law and to focus on related diversity and inclusion initiatives.  The TD Bank Group (TD) and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) both share a strong commitment to establishing a workplace that is rich in perspectives, backgrounds and cultures and we are very pleased to again this year extend the program to include a term with TD as well as with Blakes.

The successful Pre-Law Summer Student will work virtually for 4 weeks in the Blakes Toronto office and virtually for 4 weeks in the TD Legal department, with a focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives and projects at both organizations. The student will be mentored by members of both TD and Blakes.

The goal of this Program is to provide an opportunity for an undergraduate student who is considering law school to gain work experience performing a variety of tasks in a law firm environment and a business environment, to observe lawyers in the workplace and to work on specific projects in the areas of diversity and inclusion.


Who Can Apply?

This Program is open exclusively to undergraduate students attending York University, the University of Toronto, or Ryerson University.


Length of the Program and Compensation

The Program will run for 8 weeks starting in June 2021 and is a paid internship.


How to Apply

Please submit your application directly to our online portal by clicking submit application. Applications should be submitted no later than May 7, 2021. Applications can be addressed to Tiziana Panza, Recruitment Manager.


The application should include:

  • a cover letter containing a brief statement of what the student would like to get out of the program
  • a résumé
  • transcripts



Only successful candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  The interview may take place by video-conference or by telephone with representatives of TD and Blakes.

TD and Blakes welcome applications from all qualified applicants.  Both are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment comprised of people with different perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and cultures.

If you require an accommodation for the recruitment/interview process (including alternate formats of materials, or accessible meeting rooms or other accommodation), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.


Who We Are

Blakes is a leading Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, New York and London. At Blakes, we are all about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also an exceptional experience for legal professionals and administrative professionals by fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture. As a winner of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers award, as well as Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award, we know that diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of fostering an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent.

The Legal Department of the TD Bank Group is composed of corporate/commercial and litigation legal professionals with varying areas of expertise tailored to meet the legal needs of the various business units of TD Bank Group.  The Legal Department is committed to delivering to its clients the highest level of expertise, service, responsiveness and flexibility. At TD, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and communities in which we live and serve.