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Blakes Diversity and Inclusion Pre-Law Summer Student Program

The Blakes Diversity and Inclusion Pre-Law Summer Student Program was established to offer an opportunity to an undergraduate student from York University, the University of Toronto, or Ryerson University to gain exposure to the practice of law and to focus on related diversity and inclusion initiatives.  The TD Bank Group (TD) and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) both share a strong commitment to establishing a workplace that is rich in perspectives, backgrounds and cultures and we are very pleased to again this year extend the program to include a term with TD as well as with Blakes.
The successful Pre-Law Summer Student will work virtually for 4 weeks in the Blakes Toronto office and 4 weeks in the TD Legal department, with a focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives and projects at both organizations.
The goal of this Program is to provide an opportunity for an undergraduate student who is considering law school to gain work experience performing a variety of tasks in a law firm environment and a business environment, to observe lawyers in the workplace and to work on specific projects in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Who Can Apply?
This Program is open exclusively to undergraduate students attending York University, the University of Toronto, or Ryerson University.

Structure of the Program
The Program will run for 8 weeks starting in June 2022 and is a paid internship. We expect that the program will be done as a hybrid between remote work and some in person, consistent with return-to-work policies of Blakes and TD.

How to Apply
Please submit your application directly to our online portal by clicking submit application. Applications should be submitted no later than May 6, 2022. Applications can be addressed to Tiziana Panza, Recruitment Manager.

The application should include:

  • a cover letter containing a brief statement of what the student would like to get out of the program

  • a résumé
  • transcripts

Only successful candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  The interview may take place by video-conference or by telephone with representatives of TD and Blakes.
Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment comprised of people with different perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and cultures.
The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities and in respect of other protected grounds during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Who We Are
Blakes is a leading Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, New York and London. At Blakes, we are all about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also an exceptional experience for legal professionals and administrative professionals by fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture. As a winner of Canada's Best Diversity Employers award, as well as Greater Toronto's Top Employers award, we know that diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of fostering an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent.