Ask us your Questions

In this section, we have tried to address some of the questions that are frequently asked by students. Additional questions may be directed to Jérémie-Nicolas Moisan, Partner, at 418-521-3004 or [email protected]. You may also speak to any lawyer you meet during the interview process.

The Firm

How many lawyers are with McCarthy Tétrault?

A leading law firm with approximately 600 lawyers, we provide top-tier coverage across Canada in all critical areas of expertise.

How many lawyers are there in the Québec City office?

We have 29 lawyers in this office.

What is the partner to associate ratio in the Québec City office?

There are 12 partners, 11 associates and 6 counsel in the Québec City office.

When are associates considered for partnership?

Generally, lawyers are first eligible for Income Partnership after completing six years of practice.

What are the expectations in terms of billable hours?

Lawyers do approximately 1,700 billable hours per year in our Québec City 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.

How are decisions made in the law firm?

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 all firm's regions. Each office has a local management group which oversees the day-to-day operational issues concerning their respective office.

What are the opportunities for relocation to other offices?

It does happen. Most relocations result from requests by lawyers who wish to move for personal reasons. We try our best to accommodate those requests.


How many students do you recruit every year?

We generally hire three to four students during the recruitment process.

How many interviews does the Québec City office grant to students applying for an articling position?

About 35% of applicants are granted an interview. This is a low percentage, and many qualified students are undoubtedly excluded. However, our aim is to give a better interview to those students that we do see.

How important are law school grades?

Law school grades are important in securing interviews, but they are not determinative. Grades are merely one consideration in determining how candidates 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. However, it is the interview that is the most important element in this decision.

What is the position of the firm concerning failed bar exams?

You will not lose your position as an articling student if you fail bar exams. We will work with you to ensure that you successfully complete the bar exams and then join us afterwards for articling.

Does the firm prefer students who come from local law schools?

No. Attendance at a particular law school is not a determining factor in interviewing or hiring decisions. McCarthy Tétrault has an excellent track record of hiring students from all of the Canadian law schools. We also hold events at many law schools across the country. To apply in one of our Québec Region offices, you must qualify for articling according to the requirements of the Québec bar.

What are the opportunities for work at other McCarthy Tétrault offices as students and articling students?

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.


When are students expected to start their articles or summer positions?

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.

How is work allocated to students and articling students?

Students and articling students will receive work directly from lawyers. You can also actively seek out work in a field for which you have a particular interest.

Do Québec City students have offices?

Yes, summer and articling students have office cubicles in a large room.

Do students have access to computers and SMART PHONES?

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.


When is the hire-back decision made?

The hire-back decision for articling students is made during the last month of the articling period.

What is our philosophy with respect to hire-back?

Our approach is to hire all articling students who have demonstrated the potential and interest to excel in private practice as part of our team.