Recruitment & Licensing Reminders

If you are an Allard School of Law student interested in other markets or in other types of legal employers (e.g., small firms, public interest, JD advantage), please book an appointment on ACE and review our resources in ACE’s Resource Library.   

2020/21 Articling Positions - Structured Recruitment

  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, May 13, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Early to late May 2018 (varies depending on employer, but many May 21, 2019)
  • Interview Call Day: No formal call day
  • Interviews: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 – Fri, Jun 14, 2019 (in Calgary/Edmonton)
  • Job Offer Call Day: Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 8am MT, or later (open for 24 hours)
  • Students applying for articles in Calgary/Edmonton should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide; FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Calgary & Edmonton 2020/21 Articling Positions 
  • Employer postings open to students: Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 12pm CT
  • Application Deadline: Fri, May 10, 2019 at 10am CT
  • Interview Call Day: Fri, May 24, 2019 from 10am-2pm CT
  • Interviews: Mon, May 27, 2019 at 8am CT – Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 5pm (in Manitoba)
  • Job Offer Call Day: Mon, Jun 10, 2019 4pm CT (must be accepted/rejected Tue, Jun 11, 2019 between 8-10am CT)
  • Students applying for articles in Saskatchewan should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide; FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Manitoba 2020/21 Articling Positions 
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: 
    •  Kingston, Hamilton, Middlesex County, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Other Ontario: Mon, Apr 15, 2019
  • Application Deadline:
    • Kingston, Hamilton, Middlesex County, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Other Ontario: Mon, May 3, 2019 at 5pm ET
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, Apr 29, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Tue, May 21, 2019 at 5pm ET
  • Interviews: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 – Fri, Jun 14, 2019 (in Ottawa)
  • Job Offer Call Day: Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8am ET (open until 9am ET Mon, Jun 17, 2019); offers made on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 between 12am-5pm ET to remain open for 24 hours
  • Students applying for articles in Ottawa should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide;FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Ottawa 2020/21 Articling Positions
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, Mar 25, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Thu, May 9, 2019 at 10am CT
  • Interview Call Day: Fri, May 17, 2019
  • Interviews: Thu, May 23, 2019 – Sat, May 25, 2019 (in Saskatchewan)
  • Job Offer Call Day: Tue, May 28, 2019 8am CT (open for 24 hours)
  • Students applying for articles in Saskatchewan should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide; FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Saskatchewan 2020/21 Articling Positions 
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, May 27, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 5pm ET
  • Blackout Period: Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 5pm ET – Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8am ET (exception: scheduling of in-firm interviews)
  • Interview Call Day: Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 8am ET
  • Interviews: Aug 12-14, 2019 (in Toronto) *Note: same week as Vancouver*
  • Cooling Off Period: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 from 3-5pm ET
  • Job Offer Call Day: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 5pm ET (open for 24 hours)
  • Students applying for articles in Toronto should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide; FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Toronto 2020/21 Articling Positions
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, May 20, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 11:59pm PT
  • Intention to Call E-mails: Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 8am PT – Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 8pm PT
  • Interview Call Day: Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 8am PT
  • Blackout Period: Mon, Jul 29, 2019 – Sun, Aug 11, 2019
  • Interview Week: Aug 12-14, 2019 (in Vancouver) *Note: same week as Toronto*
  • Job Offer Call Day: Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 8am PT (open until Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 8am PT)
  • Students applying for articles in Vancouver should review the following handouts, available in ACE’s Resource Library: Interviewing Guide; FAQ: Interview Call Day & Interview Week; Job Offers; and Vancouver 2020/21 Articling Positions

Summer 2020 Positions - Structured Recruitment

  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Tue, Aug 6, 2019
  • Application Deadline (OCI Firms): Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59pm PT (but by mid-Aug strongly recommended) 
  • OCI Registration Deadline: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59pm PT 
  • View & Accept/Decline Employer OCI Selections: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 4pm PT - Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • Interview Availability Deadline: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • View OCI Schedule: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 8:30am PT 
  • OCIs: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 (in-person & videoconference) 
  • Application Deadline (Non-OCI Firms): Varies; many Sep 25, 2019 at 11:59pm MT (*but by early-Sep strongly recommended) 
  • Interview Call Day: No formal call day 
  • Interviews: Early/mid-Oct, 2019(in Calgary/Edmonton) 
  • Job Offer Call Day: Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 8am PT (open until Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 8am PT) 
  • Students applying for Calgary or Edmonton summer positions should review the following handouts, available on ACE's Resource Library: Calgary & Edmonton 2020 Second Year Summer Positions; Interviewing Guide; Interview Call Day; Frequently Asked Questions; and Job Offers. 
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 
  • Application Deadline: Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 1pm ET
  • Interview Call Day: Best efforts to schedule by Tue, Oct 22, 2019
  • Interview Period: Oct 24-31, 2019 (in Ottawa) 
  • Job Offer Call Day: Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 8am ET (open until noon or for 2 hrs, whichever is later) 
  • Students applying for Ottawa IP summer positions should review the following handouts, available on ACE's Resource Library: Ottawa 2020 First & Second Year Summer Positions; Interviewing Guide; Interview Call Day; Frequently Asked Questions; and  Job Offers.
  • Full-service Ottawa legal employers will accept applications for 2020 2L Summer positions in Jan 2020 
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Mon, July 22, 2019 
  • Application Deadline: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 5pm ET (*but by Tue, Aug 7, 2019 strongly recommended) 
  • OCI Application Registration: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 5pm ET 
  • Blackout Period: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 5pm ET - Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 8am ET (exception: scheduling and conducting of OCIs and scheduling of in-firm interviews) 
  • View & Accept/Decline Employer OCI Selections: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 4pm PT - Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • Interview Availability Deadline: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • View OCI Schedule: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 8:30am PT 
  • OCIs: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 (in-person & video conference)
  • Intention to Call E-mails: Not standardized; timing will vary by firm (if sent at all) 
  • Interview Call Day: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 8am ET 
  • Interviews: Nov 4-6, 2019 (Toronto) 
  • Cooling Off Period: Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 3-5pm ET 
  • Job Offer Call Day: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 5pm ET (open for 24 hours) 
  • Students applying for Toronto summer positions should review the following handouts, available on ACE's Resource LibraryToronto 2020 Second Year Summer Positions; Interviewing Guide; Interview Call Day; Frequently Asked Questions; and Job Offers. 
  • viDesktop portal opens to students for applications: Wed, July 31, 2019 
  • Application Deadline: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59pm PT (*but by mid-Aug strongly recommended) 
  • OCI Registration Deadline: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59 PT 
  • View & Accept/Decline Employer OCI Selections: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 4pm PT - Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • Interview Availability Deadline: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 12:30pm PT 
  • View OCI Schedule: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 8:30am PT 
  • OCIs: Tue, Sep 24 & Wed, Sep 25, 2019 (in-person) 
  • Blackout Period: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 - Sun, Oct 20, 2019 (no recruitment or interview-like events) 
  • Intention to Call E-mails: Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 8am PT - Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 8pm PT
  • Interview Call Day: Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 8am PT
  • Interview Week: Oct 21-23, 2019 (in Vancouver) 
  • Job Offer Call Day: Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 8am PT (open until Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 8am PT) 
  • Students applying for Vancouver summer positions should review the following handouts, available on ACE's Resource Library: Vancouver 2020 Second Year Summer Positions; Interviewing Guide; Interview Call Day; Frequently Asked Questions; and Job Offers. 

Licensing

  • Temporary Articles: You can apply any time of year, but must apply at least 30 days before your summer articling job start date. 
  • Articles: At least 30 days before your articling start date.
    • You cannot apply for the Law Society Admission Program (LSAP) or Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) until after you have secured articles. 
    • Applying to the Law Society Admission Program (LSAP)   
      • You do not require an individual letter from the Dean - please do not request one.
      • Each spring, the Law Society of BC (LSBC) sends Susan Morin a list of all Allard Law students enrolled in LSAP for May (i.e., who are starting their articles in May). Susan will confirm these students’ graduation directly with the LSBC.  Students planning to start their articles at a different time of the year, or who require a graduation letter to be sent to a Law Society outside of BC, should contact Susan Morin for assistance.
      • Susan Morin will notify you once your JD degree is posted to your transcript. At that time, you will need to order an official transcript from UBC to be sent directly to the LSBC.
    • Applying to the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC)
      • Apply by Oct 15, 2019 for Feb 2020 PLTC start in Vancouver
      • Apply by Dec 13, 2019 for May 2020 PLTC start in Vancouver, Victoria, or Kamloops
      • Apply by Mar 2, 2020 for Sep 2020 PLTC start in Vancouver
  • The LSBC places a great deal of importance on its function as a gatekeeper for admission into the legal profession. In particular, the LSBC seeks to protect the public interest by only granting articles or temporary articles to students who are of "good character and repute." 
    • It is important to be careful, complete, and honest when filling out your application. The LSBC employs investigators (usually former police officers) who may conduct applicant searches, including online materials (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, websites, blog posts), court registries, and the Canadian Police Information Centre (a computerized information system which provides all Canadian law enforcement agencies with information on crimes and criminals).
    • If you have any questions or concerns regarding your application, particularly with respect to filling out the sections pertaining to good character, prior employment history, or medical fitness, please contact Assistant Dean Chira Perla prior to submitting it to the LSBC.
    • If you submit your application and receive any follow up questions, meeting requests, or other correspondence from the LSBC, the CSO strongly recommends that you obtain legal advice promptly and before responding to the LSBC. The CSO maintains a list of lawyers who are experienced in dealing with LSBC matters and who have agreed to provide our students with pro-bono summary legal advice.
  • LSO Lawyer Licensing Process: Application deadline for 2019/20 has passed (late applications permissible, but subject to late filing fee); application deadline for 2020/21 will be provided when available.
    • All students planning to article or completing the Law Practice Program in Ontario in 2020/21 must apply for the LSO Lawyer Licensing Process. Students can apply prior to obtaining articles or enrolling in the Law Practice Program.
    • For more information and to apply >
    • The LSO is hosting a live webcast on Friday, September 27, 2019, 1:30-3pm ET, covering key components of the Lawyer Licensing Process. Register now, or water a recording of the SO 2017 webcast.
    • Questions? Contact the LSO directly (licensingprocess@lso.ca; 416-947-3315).
  • Law Practice Program (LPP): Registration for the 2019/20 LLP closed May 30, 2019. Registration Information for the 2020/21 LPP will be provided when available.