Private Practice

Counsel, Student Programs

June 8, 2018

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is seeking an experienced professional to join the Toronto office as Counsel, Student Programs & Diversity Pipeline Initiatives.

At its heart, our business is about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also an exceptional experience for legal professionals and staff that includes an open and inclusive workplace culture. For us, diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of fostering an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent. Recruiting top talent is essential for the future of Blakes.

Reporting to the Director, Legal Personnel & Professional Development, the Counsel, Student Programs & Diversity Pipeline Initiatives, will be responsible for all aspects of the Toronto office’s student program, including recruitment, performance management and professional development of law students. Responsibilities will also include a focus on inclusion and pipeline initiatives with a goal of assisting in the attraction of individuals from diverse backgrounds to the practice of law in a business law firm. Blakes will support the learning and development of the successful candidate.

Position Requirements

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • An LL.B./J.D.
  • Preferably several years of practice experience
  • Demonstrated interest in recruitment, development of people and diversity and inclusion
  • Strong organizational skills, an innovative mindset, developed leadership skills, confidence in their written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team across the Firm

Interested applicants, please submit your application, with a cover letter, résumé and all post-secondary school transcripts directly to our online application portal by clicking on submit application. Applications should be addressed to: Kari Abrams, Director, Legal Personnel & Professional Development.

Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment composed of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures.

The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is a leading business law firm with offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, London, Bahrain, Beijing and an associated office in Al-Khobar. Serving a diverse national and international client base, our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Whether an issue is local or multi-jurisdictional, practice-area specific or interdisciplinary, Blakes handles transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity. We also focus on building long-term relationships with clients by providing unparalleled client service and the highest standard of legal advice, always informed by the business context. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm's website at or by following us on Twitter @BlakesLaw.

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  • Company

    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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  • Size of Company

    Large (50 + people)

  • Experience Required (Years)

    5 - 10 Years