Welcome to the first edition of the Ottawa 2L Summer Recruitment Statistics publication. The following charts refer to students hired for the summer of 2017. While the list of firms may not be exhaustive, we have attempted to focus mainly on firms that consistently hire summer students in the Ottawa market year after year. We hope that firms continue to provide us with this information for years to come.

As for the numbers themselves, the results suggest that University of Ottawa law students secure the majority of summer positions obtained through the formal recruitment process, by a comfortable margin. Importantly, the list does not include government hiring numbers, nor does it include hiring numbers at smaller law firms around the city or those firms/institutions that simply do not participate in the formalized recruitment process. That being said, there is still reason to believe that uOttawa would again outperform other law schools with respect to these positions, given that bilingualism and a strong connection to the nation’s capital will likely be of even greater importance. 

It should also be noted that a number of prominent legal employers in the Ottawa market bypass the summer recruitment process and recruit their students directly for articling later on in the same year.

We will attempt to make these results as useful as possible over the years, but we hope that our first publication will provide you with information that you find useful and meaningful. If there are any suggestions for future recruitment processes, the team would be glad to hear them!


*  retrieved from firm website
** retrieved from NALP Canada
*** out of 150 applications