Ottawa Articling Program

You're ready to take the next step in your law career. At BLG Ottawa you'll get invaluable hands-on experience in Litigation and Business Law, or Intellectual Property (IP) Law—work similar to that undertaken by our junior associates.

You’re ready to take the next step in your law career. At BLG Ottawa you’ll get invaluable hands-on experience in Litigation and Business Law, or Intellectual Property (IP) Law—work similar to that undertaken by our junior associates.

BLG Ottawa’s general articling program includes rotations in both Litigation and Business Law, with a possible optional rotation in IP Law.

Our intensive Intellectual Property articling program includes work in trade-mark, copyright and patent law as well as IP Litigation, with possible optional rotations in Litigation or Business Law.

Comprehensive Training

Your articling experience begins with an in-depth orientation to BLG Ottawa and all its resources. You’ll also attend weekly seminars on topics such as: 

  • motions and discoveries
  • mediations and settlements
  • practice management
  • preparing for trial
  • pleadings

BLG Ottawa articling students are also invited to participate in Firm-wide training programs offered throughout the year to all our lawyers.

Open Door Mentoring

You‘ll be assigned a principal and a mentor to support you throughout your articling experience. Your mentor will answer your questions, provide feedback and guide you through professional events.

Hands-on Experience

BLG Ottawa articling students tackle the same kind of work as our junior associates. While shadowing lawyers on major matters, you will: 

  • attend hearings, discoveries and mediations
  • draft memoranda, contracts and legal opinions
  • conduct due diligence and research
  • work on pro bono projects and cases

You’ll also manage your own Small Claims Court matters—invaluable practical experience BLG is proud to offer.