Toronto 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 Toronto employs approximately 270 lawyers.
How many students do you normally hire?
At BLG Toronto, we typically hire 15 to 18 first-year and second-year summer students. We typically hire our full complement of articling students from our summer program; however, we may also recruit in any given year.
What does BLG Toronto look for in a candidate?
We seek students who:
  • have the potential to grow into associates and then partners
  • offer strong leadership 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?
For first-year candidates we conduct only in-Firm interviews.
We invite second-year candidates at all Ontario schools, McGill Law School and Dalhousie Law School to on-campus interviews; we then invite select candidates to in-Firm interviews. For all other law schools, we review applications and invite eligible candidates to BLG Toronto for an interview.
Prior to your in-Firm interview, you’ll be matched with a host interviewer who will serve as your main point of contact during the interview process. Your host will greet you when you arrive at our offices and will be with you throughout your two 35-minute interviews. As part of your in-Firm interview, you’ll also have an opportunity to speak with current BLG Toronto students about their experience.
Select candidates may be asked to meet with additional lawyers for a subsequent interview at the office, or perhaps over lunch or dinner.
Is it important to have an existing connection to Toronto?
BLG Toronto recruits from law schools across Canada with the goal of building our Firm over the long term. Regardless of where you have lived or where you went to school, if you want to forge your law career in Toronto, we want to hear from you.
What type of compensation package does BLG Toronto offers its students?
Our students receive salary and benefits competitive with other large Toronto firms.
When do summer and articling students start work at BLG Toronto?
Summer students start mid-May for a period of 15 weeks, which includes five days of vacation. Articling students start in August for a period of 10 months, which includes 10 days of vacation.
Does BLG Toronto have a formal mentorship program?
Yes. Each summer student is assigned a mentor; each articling student is assigned a mentor in each of their four rotations, one of whom is the principal responsible for signing off on your articles. Each student is also assigned a junior associate to help you integrate and succeed at the Firm. Many students also develop rewarding mentor relationships with other legal professionals within the Firm.
What kind of training will I receive at BLG?
Upon arrival at BLG Toronto, you’ll learn about the Firm and its systems during an intensive orientation program lasting one week for summer students, and two weeks for articling students. As a summer student, you’ll also 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. Articling students and associates also attend regular professional development training sessions to increase substantive legal knowledge and to improve important practice-related skills (i.e., preparing for trial, learning the art of the deal, drafting, practice management).
What type of work will I be doing as a student?
BLG Toronto’s summer program provides students with direct and in-depth involvement in Litigation or Business Law. The program is flexible to encourage students to explore more than one practice area in their chosen department. BLG 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 Toronto?
You’ll receive assignments directly from lawyers, so we encourage you to seek out work based on your interests. 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 Team of the Year” at the 2013 Benchmark Canada Awards. You’ll have the opportunity to work under the guidance of our lawyers on pro bono projects and cases in a variety of practice areas.
How do students receive feedback?
Summer students participate in two formal evaluations during their program at BLG Toronto: mid-term and end-of-term. Articling students participate in a formal evaluation after each of the first three rotations. You’ll also receive informal feedback from your mentor and other lawyers during and after assignments.
What kind of support and resources are available to students?
Summer students can always rely on their mentors for guidance and support; articling students can turn to both their mentors and principals. All students can turn to associate mentors, the Directors of Professional Resources, and Student Committee members for advice and information at any time.
BLG Toronto provides all the office resources of a large national law firm: IT services, word processing, corporate and library services, a copy centre and facilities support. 
What types of social events does BLG Toronto host?
You’ll be invited to a wide variety of social events, some specifically for law students and their mentors and principals, such as luncheons, receptions, cooking classes and sporting events. Others events are celebrated Firm-wide, such as our annual holiday parties.
What type of diversity initiatives does BLG participate in?
BLG Toronto’s workforce and clientele reflect the diverse community in which we operate. The Firm has established:
  • a National Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • diversity-related training sessions
  • audio clips attached to BLG bios to assist with name pronunciation
  • 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 and religious observance

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

BLG Toronto also supports initiatives and organizations such as:

  • the Law School Access Program at the University of Toronto
  • Osgoode Hall Law School’s Diversity Week
  • the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada
  • Pride at Work and Out on Bay Street events
Angela Sordi

Contact Us

Angela Sordi
Regional Head of Professional Recruitment
Toronto
T 416.367.6530
F 416.361.2451