Calgary FAQs

How many lawyers are with Borden Ladner Gervais?
With more than 750 lawyers, BLG is one of Canada’s largest firms, servicing a diverse range of clients in key practice areas. BLG Calgary has approximately 115 lawyers.
How many students do you normally hire?
At BLG Calgary, we typically hire eight summer students and eight articling students.
What does BLG Calgary look for in a candidate?

We seek students who:

  • fit well with our office culture and have the potential to grow into associates and then partners
  • offer strong leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills in addition to strong academic achievements
  • possess sound judgment and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • have exciting, fulfilling interests outside their career ambitions
In short: we look for exceptional people. We develop exceptional lawyers.
How does your interview process work?
We invite first-year candidates to in-Firm interviews led by two lawyers. We then invite candidates to meet with other members of our team informally over coffee or drinks.
We invite second-year candidates to interviews on campuses in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Toronto with one exception: University of Calgary students attend first interviews in our offices. We then conduct second interviews in our offices, led by a team of two lawyers. At that time, you’ll tour the Firm with a current BLG student to get a feel for the office culture and chat with some of our lawyers.
Is it important to have an existing connection to Calgary?
BLG Calgary recruits with the goal of building our Firm over the long term. Regardless of where you grew up or went to school, if you want to forge your law career in Alberta, we want to hear from you.
What type of compensation package does BLG Calgary offer its students?
Our students receive salary and benefits competitive with large Calgary firms.
When do summer and articling students start work at BLG Calgary?
Summer students generally start in early May and stay until mid-August. Articling students currently start in mid-June.
Does BLG Calgary have a formal mentorship program?
Yes. Each summer student is assigned an associate mentor. Each articling student is assigned an associate mentor as well as a principal responsible for supervising your articles. Many students also develop rewarding mentor relationships with other legal professionals within the firm.
What kind of training will I receive at BLG?
In your first week, you’ll learn about the Firm and become familiar with its systems during an intensive orientation program. As a summer student, you’ll attend weekly seminars led by lawyers in a variety of practice areas who will highlight significant transactions or matters and provide practical tips for success.
Summer students, articling students and associates also attend regular professional development training sessions to increase substantive legal knowledge (i.e., preparing for trial, mediations, settlements, etc.) and to improve important practice-related skills (i.e., drafting, business development, practice management, etc.).
What type of work will I be doing as a student?
BLG Calgary‘s summer program provides students with direct and in-depth involvement in Litigation and Business Law. The program is flexible to encourage students to explore more than one practice area. BLG Calgary’s summer students undertake much the same work as articling students or junior associates: everything from research and client meetings to managing your own Small Claims Court matters and drafting contracts. Our aim is to provide hands-on experience in diverse and challenging work.
How is student work allocated at BLG Calgary?
You’ll receive assignments directly from lawyers, so we encourage you to seek out work and build relationships in practice areas that interest you. By taking charge of your workload, you’ll develop your practice and time management skills. We’ll supply you with support systems and tools to help you along the way. 
Do students take part in pro bono work?
Yes. BLG professionals volunteer regularly as pro bono counsel for people for whom legal services would otherwise be inaccessible. In fact, BLG was named “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” for Alberta, and “Pro Bono Team of the Year” at the 2013 Benchmark Canada Awards.
You’ll have opportunities to:
  • work under the guidance of BLG lawyers acting as Civil Claims Duty Counsel with Pro Bono Law Alberta at Provincial Court, or with Amicus at the Court of Queen’s Bench
  • assist volunteer lawyers at the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre providing legal services to young Calgarians
  • participate in the Pro Bono Alberta Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance and Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary
How do students receive feedback?
Summer students undergo two formal evaluations during their program at BLG Calgary: mid-term and end-of-term. Articling students undergo formal evaluation every three months. You can also ask your mentor and other lawyers for informal feedback at any time during an assignment.
What kind of support and resources are available to students?
Summer students can always rely on their associate mentors for guidance and support; articling students can turn to both their associate mentors and principals. All students can turn to associate mentors, the Director of Professional Recruitment and Development, and Student Committee members for advice and information at any time.
BLG Calgary provides all the office resources of a large national law firm: IT services, business development support, corporate and library services, a copy centre and facilities support. 
What types of social events does BLG host?
You’ll be invited to a wide variety of social events, many specifically for law students and their mentors and principals. Firm-wide events include annual golf and ski trips, seasonal dinners and our exciting Calgary Stampede events.
What type of diversity initiatives does BLG participate in?
BLG Calgary’s workforce and clientele reflect the multicultural community in which we operate. The Firm has established:
  • a National Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • diversity-related training sessions
  • resources for name pronunciation, including audio clips attached to BLG bios
  • affinity groups to foster mutual support for religious, cultural and social communities within BLG
  • monthly diversity bulletins for sharing information
  • a diversity calendar highlighting cultural and religious observances
  • a room for quiet reflection

BLG supports the advancement of female professionals through our Firm-wide Women’s Leadership Development Committee.

BLG Calgary also sponsors and participates in Pride at Work activities in Calgary.

Kimberley Ho

Contact Us

Professional Recruiting Manager
Calgary
T 403.232.9626
F 403.266.1395