Summer Student Program

The Vancouver office hires only second-year summer articled students at this time. Upon arrival at Blakes in early May, students attend an orientation session that introduces them to the Firm and its resources and ensures that students are well integrated into the Firm.

Our summer articled students are asked if they would prefer to sit on a litigation or corporate floor, but they are open to work with any group in the firm during their summer articles.  We encourage students seek out the projects that they are most interested in doing, and to get as much variety and exposure as possible. We believe this allows them to have a rich and well-rounded summer student experience and best prepares them for articles and beyond.

Summer articled students are matched with mentors who are actively involved in training students and ensuring that students receive interesting and varied work assignments. Blakes has a long tradition of providing a strong foundation for legal careers through top-notch mentoring. Our partners benefited from the introduction and wise counsel of more senior members of the Firm, and the Firm benefits further when those lessons are passed onto our summer articled students.

Throughout the summer, summer articled 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.  Such events may include casual lunches, sporting events and various Student Committee and Social Committee activities such as Go Kart Racing, a night at the Racetrack and attending concerts at the Box.

Summer articled students are provided an informal evaluation at the end of their summer. Our goal in the evaluation system is to help each summer articled student develop their skills as lawyers in training.

Summer articled students are evaluated at the end of their summer, at which time, they will be advised if they will be hired back as articled students. Our goal in the evaluation system is to help each summer articled student develop their skills as lawyers in training.

For more information regarding temporary articles with the Law Society of British Columbia, please click here.


Salary and Benefits

The current annual salary for summer articled students is C$55,000, which includes 5 days of paid vacation.

Summer articled students who return for articles receive payment of third-year tuition fees to a maximum of C$6,500 and a book allowance of C$500.


Application Process

The application and interview process for second-year summer articled students are in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association Articling Interview Guidelines. We will conduct on-campus interviews across Canada in the fall. For more information regarding the Vancouver Bar Association, please click here.

2019 Summer Students:

Student Open House: Thursday, July 12th, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 (rsvp to jennifer.mcnaught@blakes.com)
Applications Deadline: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Intention to Call Emails (ITC): Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Interview Call Day: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Interview Period: Monday, October 15, 2018 – Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Offer Call Day: Thursday, October 18, 2018