The Vancouver office is one of the leading business law firms in British Columbia. With over 90 lawyers, the Vancouver office advises British Columbia corporations and major Canadian international corporations with West Coast interests on a broad range of business issues including corporate and commercial matters, securities, financial services, infrastructure, real estate, tax, mining, forestry and natural resources, government, environmental, First Nations, and labour and employment. The office also boasts a strong litigation practice, with particular emphasis on corporate and commercial matters, construction law, First Nations litigation, insolvency, and administrative matters.

The Vancouver office’s student program has built a reputation for providing students with a rewarding and educational experience by offering students:

  • The opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge by working with lawyers who are at the top of their game
  • A chance to participate in a leading professional development program and
  • An environment in which students may form lasting friendships with a large group of successful law students

There are many integral components to the Vancouver office student program, all of which interact to ensure that each student’s experience at Blakes is a positive one. From rotation selections and mentoring to an extensive professional development program, Blakes works hard to ensure that all students have a rewarding summer and/or articling term.

What truly sets Blakes apart is its commitment to pro bono work and the importance and significance that the Firm places on equity and diversity as a core value. The Firm strongly believes that engaging in pro bono work helps both the community and the development of our legal professionals. Moreover, the Firm actively seeks to be a leader among Canadian law firms in promoting equity and diversity in the legal profession. Blakes was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2018 by Mediacorp Canada Inc., an honour we have received nine times since 2008. The winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail.

Blakes actively seeks out students who have a strong desire to learn and be constantly challenged, who want to work hard and strive for excellence, who are intelligent, enthusiastic and motivated, and who thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Our recruitment of students is governed by The Law Society of British Columbia. For more information regarding the processes and requirements, please visit the Law Society of British Columbia’s website.