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Law Firm Recruitment in Canada

Law Firm Recruitment in Canada

Job Search Advice for Law Students and Associates

2nd edition

By Wendy Griesdorf


Written from the perspective of someone with insider knowledge, this book provides insight into the way Canadian law firms recruit. Wendy Griesdorf, former director of career services at Osgoode Hall Law School, reveals everything aspiring and new lawyers need to know about securing summer, articling, or associate positions, including how to research a law firm job, how to apply and interview, and how to succeed once hired. The book offers detailed information on the different recruitment cycles in Canada (including on-campus interviews), guidelines on the preparation of an effective resumé and cover letter, strategies for developing successful interviewing techniques, and tips on networking. It includes resumé and cover letter samples, examples of interview questions, as well as a personal workbook designed to help students and associates analyse their skills and interests and formulate their career goals.

A must-have for law students and new lawyers.


Resumés and Cover Letters
Core Messages

Fifty Points on Interviewing
Professionalism in Interviews
Physiology and the Interview

Recruitment Cycles for First-Year Law Students
Legal Research and Writing

Second-Year Summer Jobs
On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) for Positions with Law Firms
Other Second-Year Summer Jobs

Beginning Your Articling Job Search
Articling in Another Province

How to Excel at Articles

A Framework for an Associate Job Search
The Associate Job Interview

Reduce Stress
Professional Liability
Increase Efficiency

Analysing Why You Want to Leave Law
Building a Budget
Finding a New Industry
Repackaging Your Skills
Drafting a New Resumé

Sample Resumé and Analysis
Cover Letter and Analysis
Sample Cover Letter Sentences
Sample Interview Questions
Sample Practice Areas
Law Office Structures and Traditional Law Careers
Organisational System
Sample File List
Sample Telephone Log

Personal Background
General Areas of Interest
Emerging Areas of Interest
Advanced Areas of Interest
Research and Information Integration
Network Building
Work Environment, Work Style, and Career Goals
Tactical Strategies for Improvement
Deadlines and Send-by Dates


Wendy Griesdorf’s book on law firm recruitment is like having a law school career development office, an outplacement service, a law firm director of students and associates, and your mother all rolled into one neat, little, portable package. It is a terrific resource for law students and lawyers who want to control their professional career paths, providing very practical advice on the logistics of keeping their careers on track.

Anne Mundy-Markell, Director of Student & Associate Affairs, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Law Firm Recruitment in Canada: Job Search Advice for Law Students and Associates provides revealing and honest advice to law students entering the recruitment process and associates searching for legal positions. Wendy Griesdorf draws on her considerable experience as the Director of Career Services at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as her experience as a practising lawyer, to walk the reader through the preparation of resumés and cover letters, recruitment processes, interviewing skills, and practical tips. The excellent advice and information are presented in an easy-to-read, chronologi¬cal manner and provide a comprehensive resource for law students and associates who are making important choices concerning their career paths.

Nancy J. Stitt, Director of Student Programs, Goodmans LLP

I found Wendy Griesdorf’s book to be an extremely thoughtful, comprehensive, and well-organised guide to the recruit¬ment process for students. It is filled with a vast amount of sound, practical advice that demonstrates quite clearly that the author understands what is important to us as lawyers and student recruiters. I highly recommend the book to any law student who wishes to perfect his or her job search and interview skills.

Robert M. McLennan, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang

This is an excellent resource for law students. It is packed full of useful information and tips and contains a practical personal workbook. Through this book, law students will gain a better understanding of Canadian recruitment processes and an edge when they apply for competitive articling and summer positions.

Maryanne Forrayi, Career Advisor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary


Published 27 January 2012
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552212271
Australian RRP $34.95
International Price $30.00
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