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Our Recruitment Process

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We hire 4-6 second year summer law students each November, in accordance with LSO guidelines and deadlines. In addition to the 2L recruit, we occasionally participate in the LSO-regulated Toronto articling recruit, which takes place in July and August. We do not have positions for pre-law students or 1L students or paralegal students. We do not entertain split summers.

We accept applications by viLawPortal to the attention of Waleska Vernon, Director of Professional Recruitment & Development. 

We conduct on-campus interviews at McGill University, Osgoode Hall Law School, Queen’s University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto and Western University. We accept applications from students at schools across Canada and abroad, and we reserve several in-firm November interview slots for students from schools where we do not conduct OCIs. We advise selected candidates of our intention to offer November interviews about one week before Call Day. We do not hold cocktail parties during in-firm recruitment, and rarely invite students to dinner because we prefer interviews that focus on the skills and abilities of candidates. For this reason, we do not use a name-blind recruitment and selection system in student recruitment. We have adopted the partial use of standardized questioning in interviews to focus our assessment on the skills and abilities of candidates.

In an effort to support transgender applicants whose legal name does not match the name they use on a daily basis, we can redact your legal name from transcripts and other official documents before sharing your application with lawyers involved in the hiring process. After submitting your original documents through the viLawPortal, please email Waleska Vernon, Director of Professional Recruitment & Development, at waleska.vernon@paliareroland.com to indicate that you would like this information to remain confidential. Waleska will review the original documents to confirm their authenticity, and will redact the name before sharing the application package more broadly. This information will be kept strictly confidential. In addition, you are welcome to use your chosen name on all other application materials you submit as part of your package. We recognize that there may be other elements of your application which do not reflect how you currently identify (e.g., past publications authored or previous awards issued in a former name, reference letters or have us contact referees who might misname or misgender you). Please let us know if you anticipate any such issues with your application; we are happy to work with you to ensure that the application and hiring process is as affirming as possible.

We provide students with a competitive salary, a smartphone, a dental, health and life insurance plan, and a subsidized health club membership. We pay our students' fees for the Ontario licensing examinations, and articling students receive full salary during the licensing examination study period. Articling students also receive paid vacation during their articling term.


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