Set Your Career in Motion
Brazeau Seller Law is the ideal place to further your education as a law student and launch your career as a legal professional.
Our summer clerkship and student articling programs are an integral part of our recruitment program. Recognizing that students are our single best source for future associates and partners, we strive to give recruits a rewarding and valuable learning experience. We know that your success as a lawyer—and our success as a firm—starts with a shared commitment to excellence.
Here’s what Amy Alksnis, one of our current associates, said as she concluded her time articling with the firm:
“My experience at Brazeau Seller Law has been invaluable. I have gained significant practical experience and insight into the practice of law. Students are afforded the opportunity to gain legal experience in a variety of areas of law, and are encouraged to seek out work in areas of interest. Brazeau Seller Law offers a supportive environment, while at the same time affording students a great deal of responsibility for files, which helps to develop confidence and prepare students for a successful transition from theory to practice. An excellent experience all around.”
Recruitment Tips and Tools
When preparing your application package for Brazeau Seller Law, please be sure to include a cover letter, resume, your undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a list of your third-year courses. Although not required, you may also include letters of reference.
For the summer student recruitment process, we will typically meet with 18–25 students for the first round of interviews, and then conduct second interviews with our top choices. If you reside outside of Ottawa, we will do our best to accommodate your travel schedule. We can also conduct a second interview via Skype or telephone. If you have been selected for an interview, the assistant to the partner that you will be meeting with will contact you to schedule the meeting.
The day on which law firms in a recruitment area can make offers of summer or articling positions is referred to as “call day.”
During the interview weeks, our recruitment team will be meeting regularly to discuss students we think might be the best fit for our team, but you should also be thinking about which firm would be the best fit for you. When making that determination, you should consider the practice areas that interest you, the firm’s location, and the overall experience you are seeking as a summer and/or articling student. We recommend that you list in order of preference the firms that you have interviewed and have this list close by on call day.
Most firms in Ottawa have agreed among themselves that offers for summer student positions will not be made before 8:00 a.m. on call day. These Ottawa employers have also agreed to leave offers made between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. open until noon on the same day. Offers made after 10:00 a.m. will be open for two hours.
If you receive an offer on call day that is not from your first-choice firm, we recommend that you thank the employer for the offer, confirm how long the offer will remain open, and indicate that you will get back to them. Then call the contact person at your first-choice firm. If it appears that you will not receive an offer from that firm, go to your second choice and repeat this process. After working your way through your list, you should reach a decision regarding the original offer that was made to you.
Call day can be stressful for students and employers. When everyone helps move the process along, you and your fellow students may be saved a great deal of anxiety and stress.
Ottawa Law Student Recruitment Ethics Protocol
Brazeau Seller Law adheres to the recruitment ethics protocol established by the Ottawa-area law student employers. Under this protocol, law firms do not:
- Advise students prior to the call day start time of 8:00 a.m. that they intend to make the student an offer (or use similar language)
- Ask students to advise as to the position of the firm or any other firm on the student’s priority list (or make a similar request)
- Advise students that their chances of hire are increased if they indicate that the firm is first or near the top of their priority list (or use similar language)
If we refuse your request for access, or refuse a request to correct information, we will send a letter to you outlining why your request has been denied.
Recruitment Schedule and Positions
The recruitment process for second-year summer students occurs early in the new year. For 2018, the dates are as follows:
- Application deadline — 1:00 p.m. on January 19, 2018
- Date by which we will offer interviews – February 9, 2018
- Interview period — February 20–March 1, 2018
- Call Day — March 2, 2018