In this section, we have tried to address some of the questions that are frequently asked by students. Additional questions may be directed to Laure Goubau Hart, Director of Student Programs at 514-397-5698 or [email protected]. You may also speak to any lawyer you meet during the interview process.
With close to 600 lawyers in seven offices across Canada, as well as in New York City and London, UK, McCarthy Tétrault is Canada's premier law firm.
We are located at 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West. With a state-of-the-art design, we were committed to creating a dynamic, efficient and highly advanced work environment.
Associates are first considered for partnership in the course of their sixth year of practice within the firm.
Our lawyers do approximately 1,700 billable hours per year in our Montréal office. Articling students are not required to bill a specific number of hours, but are advised that they should aim to bill that average so that they experience a realistic view of legal practice.
Our core practice areas are corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, litigation, financial services, real property, tax, labour & employment and technology. We also have specialty and industry groups such as environmental, competition, bankruptcy & restructuring, mining, hospitality, energy, health and international project financing.
The firm has an innovative governance structure to fully integrate the firm into a single national operating unit. The firm is organized by national practice groups and headed by a Chief Executive Officer and a Board of Partners composed of members who are elected nationally from among the partners in a manner which assures a reasonable representation of the firm's four major offices in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Each office has a local management group which oversees the day-to-day operational issues concerning their respective office.
We generally hire between 6 and 8 students during the recruitment process.
We will do approximately 50 first interviews. 18 students will be invited to a second interview. This is a small number, and many qualified students are undoubtedly excluded. However, our aim is to give a better interview to those students that we do see.
Law school grades are important in securing interviews, but they are not determinative. Grades are one consideration in determining how articling students are selected. We are looking for well-rounded individuals. Work experience, life experience, undergraduate grades, personal interests and extracurricular activities are also factors considered when determining whether a candidate will be offered an interview. The interview is the most important element in deciding if someone will be offered a position.
It is possible, but there are restrictions due to the requirements made by the bars in each jurisdiction. We have facilitated national articles for students wishing to conduct articles in two jurisdictions.
Either in June in order to finish in December, or in January to finish in June. Our summer program generally starts mid-May.
Yes, each student has a personal laptop, dual 22” screens and wireless headset. Students have access to the latest online and CD-ROM research tools. Each student also receives a Blackberry upon their arrival at the Firm. Our Information Technology Department provides training to summer and articling students and is readily available to provide assistance when required.
The hire-back decision for articling students is made during the last month of the articling period.