Ottawa

Right from the start, you’ll find the Ottawa office welcoming.

Big firm prestige. Boutique firm culture. BLG Ottawa offers you both. Our students enjoy all the advantages of a nationally recognized bilingual firm. They also benefit from the hands-on training, practical experience and community spirit valued in smaller firms.

Right from the start, you’ll dive in. We’ll show you how to make meaningful contributions every day: providing analysis and insight, drafting court documents and interacting with clients. You’ll represent BLG, using your unique skills and interests to give back to the community.

Summer Program

BLG Ottawa’s second-year summer students spend three months gaining in-depth experience in litigation and business law. We also offer first- and second-year students an intensive program in intellectual property (IP) law.

In our general summer program, you'll do rotations with our business and litigation groups.

In the summer IP program, you'll be immersed in trademark, copyright and patent work, and IP litigation.

Your summer starts with orientation, where you’ll learn about BLG and our resources. You'll meet your mentor. You'll also attend weekly seminars throughout the summer to learn about the many types of law we practise.

You'll get hands-on experience doing work similar to that of our articling students, including:

  • handling Small Claims Court matters
  • drafting contracts
  • pleadings

Our accomplished lawyers will introduce you to all aspects of legal practice, including meetings, discoveries and court appearances.

Articling Program

When you’re ready to take the next step in your legal career, our Ottawa office is a great place to learn from the best.

As an articling student, you'll get extensive hands-on experience in litigation, business law and IP law–work similar to that done by our junior associates.

The general articling program includes rotations in both litigation and business law, with an optional rotation in IP law.

Our intensive IP articling program includes work in trademark, copyright and patent law, and IP litigation. It also includes optional rotations in litigation or business law.

Comprehensive Training

Your articling experience begins with in-depth orientation, where you’ll learn all about BLG and our resources. You’ll also attend weekly seminars on topics including: 

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

Articling students can also participate in firm-wide training programs offered throughout the year to all our lawyers.

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

Articling students handle the same kind of work as our junior associates. While shadowing lawyers on major matters, you will: 

  • manage your own Small Claims Court matters
  • attend hearings, discoveries and mediations
  • draft memoranda, contracts and legal opinions
  • conduct due diligence and research
  • work on pro bono projects and cases

Applying to BLG

Work at BLG Ottawa and launch your successful legal career. With hands-on experience, mentorship and regular evaluations, your BLG experience will set you up to get ahead.

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