Learn more about the programs we offer at our Vancouver 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 practise 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.
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.
All of our recruitment procedures are carried out in accordance with the guidelines and rules established by the Vancouver Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia.
Applications should be submitted directly through the viLawPortal by the applicable dates set by the law schools.
Coordinator, Associate and Student Programs.
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:
On-campus interviews (for summer student recruitment)
Interviews are conducted on the dates set by the law schools for on-campus interviews.
Interviews are conducted in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association Guidelines which set out an interview call date. If you are granted an in-firm interview, you will be contacted at that time.
Interviews at our firm
Students will meet with at least two of our lawyers during the course of the interview. Our interviews are generally an hour long. After the interview, you will be given the opportunity to meet with our current students to ask candid questions about their experience at McCarthy Tétrault. You will also have the opportunity to tour the office.
If you have any questions about our recruitment process, the student program or the firm in general, please do not hesitate to contact Donna Pistilli, Coordinator, Associate and Student Programs at 604-643-7977 or [email protected].
We appreciate that the recruitment process can be a stressful time for students. To make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, here are few tips:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Breathe, relax, smile: and, most importantly, be yourself.