Vancouver FAQs


How many lawyers are with Borden Ladner Gervais?
With more than 700 lawyers, BLG is one of Canada’s largest firms, servicing a diverse range of clients in a variety of practice areas. BLG Vancouver employs approximately 130 lawyers.
How many students do you normally hire?
At BLG Vancouver, we typically hire approximately 10 summer students and 12 to 14 articling students.
What does BLG Vancouver look for in a candidate?
We seek students who:
  • embody our core values: integrity, teamwork, commitment and client-centred service
  • fit well with our office culture and 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
  • demonstrate commitment and ambition in their professional careers
In short: we look for exceptional people. We develop exceptional lawyers.
How does your interview process work?
We conduct on-campus interviews with second-year students in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton and Toronto in September of each year. We host in-Firm interviews in mid-October in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association guidelines.
For your in-Firm interview, you’ll be assigned a host lawyer—a junior associate who will guide you through every step of the process. Your first interview will be conducted by two practicing lawyers, often an associate and a partner. This interview typically lasts 45 minutes and is our opportunity to get to know each other. Afterward, you’ll tour the Firm with your host to get a feel for the office culture and chat with lawyers in practice areas of interest to you.
Is it important to have an existing connection to Vancouver?
BLG Vancouver recruits from law schools across Canada. Regardless of where you grew up or went to school, if you want to forge your law career in Vancouver, we want to hear from you.
What type of compensation package does BLG Vancouver offer its students?
Our students receive salary and benefits competitive with large Vancouver firms.
When do summer and articling students start work at BLG Vancouver?
Summer students generally start in early May and stay until late August. Articling students start at various times, depending on when they finish law school (for those in combined programs) and when they are enrolled in the Professional Legal Training Course.
Does BLG Vancouver have a formal mentorship program?
Yes. Summer students are assigned three to four mentors in each of their rotations. These experienced professionals play a hands-on role in assigning, assisting with and supervising your work.
Articling students choose a mentor in each rotation—he or she may work with you directly, but is primarily a source of guidance and support. You are also assigned a principal—a partner responsible to the Law Society for the completion of your articles.
The Director of Professional Recruitment and Student Coordinator are also available to provide advice and information at any time.
What kind of training will I receive at BLG?
In your first week, you’ll take part in an intensive orientation program with three goals:
  • to ensure you’re familiar with all the resources available to you
  • to establish what is expected of BLG students
  • to prepare you for the hands-on work to follow
As a summer student, you’ll attend weekly seminars led by top lawyers in a variety of practice areas. These professionals will offer practical tips and help you develop a sense of focus for your own legal career.
Articling students 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., business development, practice management, etc.).
What type of work will I be doing as a student?
On large and complex matters, you’ll work as part of a team. On smaller matters, you’ll get more hands-on experience, but with solid support and supervision. Our current students and junior associates are always available to answer questions about the work you’ll do at BLG Vancouver.
How is student work allocated at BLG Vancouver?
Summer students identify two practice areas of particular interest and receive assignments chiefly from mentors in those groups. However, we also encourage you to seek work from and build relationships with lawyers in other practice areas.
Articling students have rotations in Litigation and Business Law, as well as a brief rotation in our research group. You’ll receive assignments directly from lawyers in these groups, but you should also seek out work from lawyers in the practice areas that interest you most.
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 one formal evaluation during their time at BLG Vancouver; articling students participate in two. All students are encouraged to seek informal feedback from their mentors and other lawyers at any time during an assignment.
What kind of support and resources are available to students?
As a student, you can always rely on your mentors for support in your work. The Director of Professional Recruitment and Student Coordinator are also available to answer questions and provide guidance to students.
BLG Vancouver provides all the office resources of a large national law firm: knowledgeable paralegals, IT services, corporate and library services, a copy centre and facilities support. With these considerable resources at your disposal, you’re able to focus your energy on the practice of law.
What is your policy regarding students who have completed a clerkship?
BLG Vancouver’s judicial clerks policy is perhaps the most generous in the city. Just as summer students are offered articling positions after finishing law school, students are offered articling positions following their clerkship.
During the Professional Legal Training Course, clerks are paid the same salary as articling students. Upon arrival at the Firm and before being licensed to practice law in British Columbia, clerks are paid the same salary as first-year associates. Once hired as associates, they are raised to a second-year associate salary.
What types of social events does BLG host?
Summer students at BLG Vancouver wind up their first week of orientation with a day of team-building activities. Summer and articling students also receive a budget to plan their own team-building weekends — terrific events that can foster friendships to last a lifetime.
BLG Vancouver fields city-league teams in softball, volleyball and soccer, and holds an annual Firm-wide golf tournament for players at all skill levels. Our social committee also arranges group tickets to cultural and sporting events and hosts dinner parties, a summer family picnic and various holiday celebrations. 
What type of diversity initiatives does BLG participate in?
BLG Vancouver’s workforce and clientele reflects the multicultural community in which we operate. The Firm has established:
  • a National Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • diversity-related training sessions
  • name pronunciation resources, including audio clips attached to BLG bios
  • affinity groups to foster mutual support
  • monthly diversity bulletins for sharing information
  • a diversity calendar highlighting cultural and religious observances

BLG also sponsors and participates in initiatives such as:

  • the annual conference of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • the annual conference of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada
  • Pride at Work and Out on Bay Street events

BLG has created a Firm-wide Women’s Leadership Development Committee that:

  • implements and monitors programs to retain and advance our female professionals
  • gathers and reviews statistics on retention, leadership and advancement of our professionals
  • provides advice regarding the Firm’s performance with respect to the advancement of women
  • provides seminars and social events for our female professionals

BLG is a signatory of:

  • the Catalyst Accord
  • the Justicia Projects of regional law societies of British Columbia
  • Alberta,
  • Ontario and Québec
  • the Canadian Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network
Lisa Carlson

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Lisa Carlson
Manager, Professional Recruiting
T 604.632.3521
F 604.662.5559