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If you’re looking for a student experience that is stimulating, challenging and rewarding, consider joining our team.

 

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Why Davies?

Here are six reasons.

Generalist approach

We develop well-rounded lawyers. There’s no need to narrow your focus when you’re starting your career.

Flexible path

You get to explore a variety of practice areas based on your interests.

Learn by doing

You’ll gain hands-on experience – and real responsibility – from day one.

Minimal hierarchy

You’ll work alongside lawyers and across disciplines as you help to achieve the best client outcomes.

Collaborative spirit

You’ll be part of a cooperative, collegial culture.

Merit is everything

We don’t set competitive targets based on billable hours. If you’re talented and do good work, we have a place for you.

The six key reasons for joining our student program reflect the values that define Davies and the people who work here:

Well-rounded v. narrow

Agile v. inflexible

Hands-on v. theoretical

Collegial v. hierarchical

Collaborative v. solo acts

Qualitative v. quantitative

If our values align with yours, we hope you’ll take the next step: apply to join our diverse, multi-talented team.

What we look for

We’ve built Davies into one of Canada’s – and the world’s – leading law firms by bringing together passionate, creative problem solvers: people with a deep commitment to excellence and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We are fearless in approach and methodical in execution, taking our clients’ issues as seriously as they do. Excellence isn’t a talking point for us. It’s our starting point.

To begin with, you must be highly motivated. You have excellent communication skills and a fierce attention to detail. You have also demonstrated an ability to tackle complex problems – along with a talent for finding innovative, sometimes unexpected solutions.

Beyond these fundamentals, there’s no single model for the kind of student who thrives here. We’re interested in people who will enrich and strengthen our firm with their diverse experiences, achievements and personal stories. Over the years, students with remarkably varied educational backgrounds have launched successful careers with us.

Educational backgrounds

Political science

Navigating complex client problems

Economics

Approaching problems in law with analytical precision

History

Analyzing themes and devising solutions

Psychology

Recognizing client motivations to drive decision-making

Business

Understanding industry trends in pursuit of client success

Philosophy

Connecting complex concepts to exceed client expectations

English

Humanizing the client experience through effective communication

Political science

Navigating complex client problems

Economics

Approaching problems in law with analytical precision

History

Analyzing themes and devising solutions

Psychology

Recognizing client motivations to drive decision-making

Business

Understanding industry trends in pursuit of client success

Philosophy

Connecting complex concepts to exceed client expectations

English

Humanizing the client experience through effective communication

More about joining us

Our Programs

From day one, you’ll do meaningful client-facing work – just as you will as a young lawyer. Taking responsibility for assignments from start to finish, you’ll develop close working relationships with colleagues and clients while gaining valuable insights and hands-on experience.

Your intellectual curiosity doesn’t follow a fixed schedule, and neither do our programs. We don’t have a dispatcher who assigns work because we have no preconceived notions about what students can or can’t do. In our Toronto office, we recommend a five-month Corporate rotation along with exposure to at least one other practice during articling. But in both Toronto and Montréal, our approaches are flexible by design. In our open-door culture, you’re welcome to accept and request work from any lawyer as you expand your knowledge and skills.

Mentorship and Professional Development

We see you not as a student but as a future Davies lawyer. So we make it a top priority to support you. After an intensive orientation, you’ll participate in training sessions as well as our Davies Academy program. And you’ll be learning constantly on the job.

You’ll be paired with a mentor who’s responsible for helping you integrate into the firm. You can count on them for ongoing advice and guidance throughout your development. And beyond this formal program, you’ll find that open doors and helpful conversations are a hallmark of our firm.

Building Relationships

We value the relationships we foster with clients and professional contacts. Equally important are the personal connections you’ll forge within our firm. As a student, you’ll build strong working relationships and lasting friendships. We have frequent team lunches and cocktail hours, as well as special events like wine tastings, barbecues, sporting events and small group dinners hosted by various partners. Our close-knit firm is drawn together by shared values and a friendly, collegial culture. We want you to feel part of it.

Evaluation & Feedback

In our firm, students aren’t evaluated using quantitative metrics such as billable hours. We gauge your abilities and achievements in terms of the quality of work you complete and the creativity you bring to it. Just as important, we assess your communication and interpersonal skills, along with your judgment and sense of responsibility. We’re looking for people who mesh with our team as we pursue our ultimate goal: meeting clients’ needs while exceeding their expectations.

At the same time, feedback goes both ways. As we work to deliver our best, we count on our students to tell us where they feel we’re succeeding – and where we may have opportunities to improve.

Work/Life Integration

Being a lawyer is not a 9-to-5 job. We’re in the service business, and the cycle of client activity has peaks and valleys that we all learn to manage. Being responsive to client demands is our highest priority, which means long hours and personal sacrifices are sometimes inevitable. But we focus on producing quality work and meeting client deadlines, not on hours logged. Everyone here is a team player ‒ we pitch in but don’t feel pressure to stay once the work is done.

Part of the community

Our people are deeply engaged in the communities in which we live and work. Follow us on social media to see where we’ve been contributing lately.

Community involvement

Both collectively and individually, we pursue community service and pro bono initiatives throughout the year. We also support lawyers who teach courses, publish papers and speak at law and business conferences – activities that enrich us personally as practitioners while contributing to the profession and to the broader public conversation on legal issues.

“You are constantly encouraged to take on responsibility, share your ideas and actively participate as a member of the team.”

— Veronika Stefanski

Meet our students

How to apply

Our programs in Montréal and Toronto differ slightly to reflect Barreau and Law Society requirements. We’ve created a separate page for each, providing office-specific details.

For more information and how to apply, choose an office below.