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Cassels - Vancouver, British Columbia

Recruitment & Hiring

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  1st Yr. Summer 2nd Yr. Summer Articling Students
Do you hire: No Yes Occasionally
How many did you/will you hire for:
2022 0 4 4
2023 0 6 5
2024 0 6 5
2025 0 TBD TBD
2026 0 TBD TBD
Rotation N/A No No
Split/Secondment No Case-by-Case Case-by-Case

First Year Summer Students


Do you recruit first year summer students?
When is the application deadline for first year summer students? N/A
When is the interviewing period? N/A
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? No
Description of first year summer program:
How many weeks is the first year summer program?

Second Year Summer Students


Do you recruit second year summer students?
When is the application deadline for second year summer students? In accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association guidelines, or as prescribed by your law school's internal application deadline for 2L Vancouver Summer Student Positions
When is the interviewing period? As prescribed by the Vancouver Bar Association.
Do you participate in on-campus interview (OCI) programs to fill such positions? Yes
Description of the second year summer program The summer student program at Cassels is designed to meet each student’s personal learning objectives. Our summer students don’t have rotations. We encourage them to explore all practice areas we offer and to work with a broad range of lawyers so that they can confirm their areas of interest and/or develop new ones. That way, they know which area(s) they want to pursue during their articling period. Each summer student is assigned two mentors – a member of the Student Committee and an associate. Generally, the two mentors are from different practice groups. These mentors introduce the students to the demands and busy pace of a downtown Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary law office. Our mentors ensure that our students receive interesting and stimulating work. They also help our summer students get to know a broader network at the firm and navigate any challenging situation that may arise. Summer students and their mentors meet regularly for coffee or lunch, and their mentors attend many of the social events that take place throughout the summer. Student Committee mentors participate in all summer student evaluation and feedback sessions and ensure that their student mentees get all of the support that they need to be successful. For more information on our student program, please visit our website at
Comments We are looking for a diverse group of future lawyers with different experiences, backgrounds, and strengths. That being said, there are a few key characteristics that all our students and lawyers share. These ensure we consistently deliver top legal service within an environment where our people are set up for success. Our core competencies are what we are looking for in future Cassels lawyers! Students applying to Cassels should take the time to reflect on their experiences and identify examples of these competencies. Highlight examples of these competencies in both your application materials and throughout the interview process. See for a detailed description of our 4 core competencies (team orientation, entrepreneurial mindset, service focus, and problem solver).
How many weeks is the second year summer program? 13 weeks


Will you be participating in OCIs this year? Yes
Schools: Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Law|McGill University, Faculty of Law|Lakehead University|Osgoode Hall Law School, York University|Queen's University, Faculty of Law|Thompson Rivers University|University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law|University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section|University of Saskatchewan, College of Law|University of Toronto, Faculty of Law|University of Victoria, Faculty of Law|University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law|University of Windsor, Faculty of Law|Ryerson University, Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Other Campus Recruiting

We will be recruiting students from the following law schools (outside of the OCI process) Dalhousie University, Dalhousie Law
McGill University, Faculty of Law
Lakehead University
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Queen's University, Faculty of Law
Thompson Rivers University
Université de Moncton, École de droit
Université de Montréal, Faculté de droit
Université de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit
Université du Québec à Montréal, Département des sciences juridiques
Université Laval, Faculté de droit
University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
Université d’Ottawa, Faculté de droit, Section de droit civil
University of Saskatchewan, College of Law
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
Comments We consider all qualified applicants. If we wish to interview an applicant from a non-OCI school, we will interview them during the in-firm interview process.
2023 2024
No. of 1st Year Summer Students 0 0
No. of 1st Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions (region dependent) 0 0
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students 6 6
No. of 2nd Year Summer Students Offered Articling Positions 6 TBD
Quebec: Number of future articling students working as a 2nd year summer student N/A N/A
Atlantic: No. of articling students hired during 2nd year January recruitment N/A N/A
No. of additional articling students hired (in some regions, in addition to students hired through the summer process) N/A N/A

For Quebec and Atlantic Employers: Do you allow your articling students hired to work for you during their second year summer?

Articling Students

When do you hire articling students? In accordance with Vancouver Bar Association guidelines
Do you still have any articling positions open for this year (starting 2024)? No
Do you anticipate having articling positions open for next year (starting in 2025) for external candidates outside of your current student hires (if any)? No
If so, how many positions do you anticipate having for external candidates?
Do you allow students to work during the licensing process in your jurisdiction? Yes
Description of articling program Articling students in all offices are assigned a principal and a Student Committee mentor. As with our summer student mentorship program, articling student mentors are generally from different practice groups. Articling students are generally assigned different mentors from when they were summer students. This is to help students build their networks broadly across the firm. Old mentors and mentees will often continue their relationships in an unofficial (but very important) capacity for years! Articling student mentors and principals attend many of the social events that take place throughout the articling year, and articling principals participate in all articling student feedback sessions. Vancouver Office: Articling students in our Vancouver office are free to take work from any lawyer, without a formal rotation structure. Our Vancouver office specializes in: Advocacy, including: Commercial; Employment; and Securities Litigation Business Law, including: Aboriginal; Cannabis; Mergers & Acquisitions; Mining; and Securities Financial Services, including: Lending & Finance; Real Estate & Development; and Restructuring & Insolvency For more information please visit our website at


Do you offer internships? Case-by-case
If so, when should students apply? We welcome applications from Internationally trained students and lawyers for our summer student program, articling student program, and associate positions.


Do you accept applications for summer/articling positions from foreign trained students/lawyers? Yes
If yes, do applicants need to have an Assessment Report from the National Committee on Accreditation (in Québec, an attestation from le Barreau du Québec) before applying? Case-by-Case
Comments We welcome applications from internationally trained students and lawyers for our summer student program, articling student program, and associate positions. We participate in the NCA OCI day for the Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver markets.

Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials Resume
cover letter
post secondary transcripts
law school transcripts
list of upper year courses
Comments Your application has four elements; the cover letter, resume, a copy of all post secondary transcripts and your upper year course list. Your cover letter should be clear, concise, accurate and free of grammatical and spelling errors. The tone of your cover letter should provide a bit of insight into who you are. There is no one sort of person we’re looking for at Cassels. The most important advice we can give you is to be authentic – give us a little insight into what makes you a unique candidate! And, please keep it to one page. Your resume should be structured as a series of headings and point-form (or bulleted) content and may be up to two pages in length. In addition to your educational qualifications and work experience, your resume should also indicate what you do in your spare time (your interests, extracurriculars, hobbies, etc.) Throughout your cover letter and resume you should emphasize how your experiences connect with our competencies. You should submit copies of your official transcripts. We understand that often when you copy the official version, a safety feature will read “VOID” or “COPY” across the page. Don’t worry about this; please just ensure that your grades are legible. Your intended upper year course list should be submitted in a bulleted list, organized by year (i.e. second year courses and third year course). This list should represent your honest intentions. We understand you do not have control over what courses are offered from year to year and you may not be able to take all of the courses listed. If you are applying to our Toronto office, please address your application to Shanice Prendergast. If you are applying to our Vancouver office, please address your application to Jennifer Lau. Finally, if you are applying to our Calgary office, please address applications to Tessa Neeser. For more information on How to Apply, see

Preferred Method of Application

Preferred Method of Application viDesktop Portal
Comments We only accept applications through the viDesktop portal (
2023 2024
How many articling students did you offer a first year lawyer position? 4 TBD
How many articling students in your articling program were seeking a position? 4 TBD
How many additional first year associates did you hire outside of your articling student program? 0 TBD
How many of the additional students clerked? N/A TBD