Application Process

Learn more about the programs we offer at our Calgary Office and see if it’s right for you.

At McCarthy Tétrault, we look for students who are genuinely interested in our practice and our clients, who can work in a team-based environment, who have a strong desire to learn, who are highly motivated, and who demonstrate initiative and judgment.

We have learned, however, that the skills and character traits needed to practice law at a high level do not come in uniform packages and our students and lawyers have diverse backgrounds, personalities and interests.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism, client focus, innovation and ability to work as a team. If you think you might enjoy working with us, please send us your application.

Learn more about applying for a position in Calgary.


Your application should include a cover letter, a complete résumé, and copies of all official transcripts of law school, undergraduate, graduate grades, as well as a list of courses you are enrolled in for the coming academic year. Writing samples and reference letters are not required.

The Calgary office is not accepting applications for 2020/2021 articling student positions.

Important dates for applicants

2L 2021 Summer Positions

  • We will be participating in on-campus interviews at the following schools: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, Ontario and McGill Universities and Dalhousie University.
  • If you are applying from any of the schools where we will be participating in OCIs, please adhere to the application deadlines set by your law school.
  • If you are applying from a law school where we will not be participating in OCIs, please submit your application by September 16, 2020.

  • If you are applying from a non-Canadian school, please submit your application by September 16, 2020. Your application must also include: status of NCA process or NCA certificate.

  • Applications should be submitted directly through the viLawPortal by the applicable dates set by the law schools. Attention: Tenzin Dratsangshema, Coordinator, Associate and Student Programs.

1L 2020 Summer Positions

  • We will be participating in the 1L 2020 Summer Student Recruitment.  Please check with your career services office for information about the recruitment period and application deadlines.

  • We look forward to receiving applications through the viLawPortal starting in January 2020.  Attention: Olga Avramenko, Coordinator, Associate and Student Programs.

Recruitment Process

You may be wondering how the recruitment process works at McCarthy Tétrault. First, we will acknowledge receipt of your application by e-mail. Then the process will be as follows:

  1. On-campus Interviews
    Interviews are conducted on the dates set by the law schools for on-campus interviews.
  2. Post OCIs
    Candidates will be selected. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an in-firm interview (unless otherwise specified by your law school). You will receive an e-mail to confirm interview details.

  3. Interviews at our firm
    Students will meet with at least 2 lawyers during the course of their in-firm visit. Your visit will begin with your interview and will be followed by a tour of the firm. Our interviews are generally 45 minutes in length. During the interview process, students will also have the opportunity to meet with our articling students to ask candid questions about their experience at McCarthy Tétrault.

If you have any questions about our recruitment process, the student program or the firm in general, please do not hesitate to contact Tenzin Dratsangshema, Coordinator, Associate and Student Programs at 403-260-3676 or [email protected].

Hints and Tips

We appreciate that the recruitment process can be a stressful time for students. To make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, here a few tips:

Application process

  • Preparation is key to a successful recruitment experience, so take time to reflect about who you are and what you want.

  • A cover letter should be concise (no more than one page) and indicate why you are applying to McCarthy Tétrault.

  • Use examples in your cover letter to demonstrate your key skills. Specific examples are often most compelling!

  • Your cover letter should leave the reader thinking, "I want to learn more about this person."

  • Gaps in a candidate's personal history may be puzzling and should be explained in your cover letter.

  • Your résumé should allow its reader to determine what you have done and should highlight your education, extracurricular activities, leadership, work and community service.

  • Don't forget to proofread! Lawyers tend to be very detail-conscious.

Interview process

  • When interviewing you, we want to learn more about your skills and interests, and, most importantly, about who you are.

  • During the interview, you should be prepared to answer questions about anything in your cover letter and résumé, about yourself and your career ambitions. We want to learn about your interests, motivations, passions, strengths and developmental goals.

  • Listen carefully to the questions, and don't be afraid to ask for clarification.

  • Practise answering questions with a family member or a friend or participate in mock interviews.

  • Try to be on top of everything that is in your control in order to help ease the stress of interviews.

  • Get to the interview with a few minutes to spare and be prepared with questions for your interviewers.