Virtual Recruitment

Key Dates

The 2020 2L summer student recruitment process will take place from August 10, 2020 to October 16, 2020. The viPortal opened on August 10, 2020 for all applications. Check with your University for application deadlines and On Campus Interview dates.  We invite you to review the calendar below for important dates in October for second round interviews. We look forward to meeting you soon! 

 

 Calgary Office Recruitment Calendar 


Interview Process

Below you will find important resources and information to help you prepare for the 2020 2L summer student recruitment process. We invite you to read them in advance to ensure a successful virtual interview.

Checklist to Connect to Your Virtual Interview

 

Virtual Tour

 

Life at Stikeman Elliott

 

 

FAQ

General Q&A

What are the main practice areas of the Calgary office?
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
What kind of work are students expected to do?
How are mandates and files assigned to students?
What level of responsibility do students have at the firm?
Is there a rotation system in place for the firm's students?
What are the development opportunities for students? 
How do you give feedback to your students?
Do you have a mentoring program?
What are the firm's pro bono initiatives in which students can participate?
What steps is the firm taking to promote well-being and mental health at the firm?
What steps is the firm taking to promote diversity, gender balance, and belonging at the firm?

Q&A – Questions pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic

Will the firm be hosting any in-person recruiting events or activities this summer?
When do you foresee a physical return to the office?
How did the firm’s transition to working remotely go?
How many students does the firm recruit? Will the pandemic affect your hiring decisions for this year?
What qualities do you most look for in your candidates? Which ones have become even more crucial since the start of the pandemic?
In light of remote working and social distancing, what practices does the firm have in place to support employees?
While the current situation remains uncertain, what are the main priorities of the firm for the coming months?
In the age of the coronavirus, many businesses are rethinking the future of their operations. Is the firm considering adopting a new way of working for the future?

 

Q: What are the main practice areas of the Calgary office?

  • Corporate/commercial law, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, financing and real estate 
  • Litigation
  • Tax 
  • Employment 
  • Regulatory
  • Insolvency & Restructuring

Q: How would you describe the firm’s culture?

  • Entrepreneurial culture
  • Absence of a hierarchy
  • True collegiality
  • Diversity and eclecticism: there is no mold you need to fit in
  • Openness to change and innovation
  • Team of motivated, efficient and creative people all sharing excellence as a common goal
  • A team who is smart, dedicated, and excited about the work they do

Q: What kind of work are students expected to do?

  • Drafting contracts and related documents
  • Helping with the organization and closing of corporate transactions
  • Conducting due diligence reviews in the context of transactions
  • Doing legal research and analysis
  • Drafting procedures, briefs and opinions
  • Preparation and/or writing of articles, blogs, publications, and presentations.

Q: How are mandates and files assigned to students?

We do not have one formal method of assigning mandates and files to students. We monitor workflow closely to ensure that all students are receiving a wide variety of files in a variety of practice areas. We also have a dedicated email for file assignments and student work. We rely on our students to participate in their own development and seek out mandates themselves as well. This can be on their own, or through the assistance of their mentors or the Director, Professional Resources. This ensures they are quickly integrated into the work teams.

 

Q: What level of responsibility do students have at the firm? 

We give our summer students and articling students a very high degree of individual responsibility. We are convinced that this will allow for their sense of initiative, their maturity and their professional know-how to develop more quickly. Although we allow our students to take initiative, they are nevertheless always supervised, whether in terms of training and evaluations, or by their mentor and the Professional Resources team. 

 

Q: Is there a rotation system in place for the firm's students?

Summer students and articling students are not assigned to a practice area throughout the summer or their articling year. This allows the students an opportunity to follow their interests and work on a variety of matters as they come in. 

 

Q: What are the development opportunities for students?

To provide the most rewarding work experience, we offer: 

  • Comprehensive and intensive practical and theoretical training sessions on all practice areas of the firm, given during the summer or articling year
  • The opportunity to participate in weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meetings of the various practice areas
  • A leading skills management and continuing legal education program
  • The opportunity to participate in mentoring programs throughout the summer and the articling year
  • The opportunity to participate in weekly meetings with all other students and the Director, Professional Resources

Q: How do you give feedback to your students? 

Feedback is a very important part of the learning process of our students. It is given on a regular basis, both officially and unofficially. Summer students are invited to two meetings during the summer where a full evaluation is completed. Articling students are invited to participate in mid-year and year-end reviews alongside our associates. 

 

Q: Do you have a mentoring program?

Yes. We have put together a comprehensive and well-rounded mentoring program to support our existing and future lawyers at any point in their careers.

  • Summer students: Pairing with an associate mentor buddy during the summer; summer mentoring program.
  • Articling students: Pairing with an associate mentor and a principal during the articling year; summer mentoring program; yearly mentoring program. 

Q: Can students participate in community involvement or pro-bono initiatives?

2020 marks the 11th anniversary of our Community Involvement Program. Students have the opportunity to participate in pro bono initiatives throughout the year. Each fall we also participate in Calgary’s Philanthropy Week where firm members participate in volunteer opportunities to assist organizations in need. The firm provides support to firm members who choose to participate in charitable fundraising and also offers a matching donation program to all employees whereas a donation is made by the firm for each hour of volunteer work done with an organization. 

 

Q: What steps is the firm taking to promote well-being and mental health at the firm?

  • The firm cares about the mental health and well-being of all and makes it a top priority. The National Wellness & Mental Health Committee which is made up of Board members, associates and directors from all SE offices has implemented various initiatives including:
  • Mental health awareness workshops offered by mental health professionals
  • Training sessions and workshops on stress management
  • Enhanced social benefits related to well-being and mental health
  • Seminars on nutrition, sleep and optimization of cognitive abilities
  • Organization of sports leagues, lunchtime yoga classes, mindfulness sessions, subsidized gym memberships as well as other activities.

Q: What steps is the firm taking to promote diversity, gender balance, and belonging at the firm?

At Stikeman Elliott, diversity, inclusion, and gender balance are integral parts of who we are and increasing diversity has been a key focus for the firm. We believe that we all benefit from a broad range of legal talent at our firm, comprised of people from different backgrounds that hold varied sill sets and forms of expertise. The advancement of women and gender diversity, as well as diversity and inclusion are priorities for our Board. Our national and local Diversity and Inclusion Committees and Women’s Initiative Committees work with a goal to produce real change, such as our induction into the 30% Club of Canada. Most recently, Stikeman Elliott signed the BlackNorth Initiative’s Law Firm Pledge led by the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism. There is always more work to be done.

 

Q: Will the firm be hosting any in-person recruiting events or activities this summer?

At this time, we anticipate our recruitment activities for the 2020 2L summer student recruitment process will take place virtually.

 

Q: When do you foresee a physical return to the office?

For the return to the office to take place under the best possible conditions, it is imperative that the return to work process be initiated in a cautious and measured manner, at a pace that we feel is right and appropriate. Given the constraints and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, management will adjust their plans as they arise. All decisions we make to deal with the current situation are intended to be flexible and reflect our desire to respect the health and safety of our people as much as possible. 

 

Q: How did the firm’s transition to working remotely go?

Thanks to the colossal efforts and the impressive innovation system deployed by the different stakeholders of the firm, we have succeeded in moving to a 100% virtual environment in a relatively short time while continuing to serve our clients, both at the external than internal levels. The key factors that made this transition so successful were above all the incredible adaptability of our people, our modern and robust technological infrastructure, as well as the advice and continued support provided by the firm (numerous resources, communications, tips and guides sent by management) to help our lawyers adapt to the newly virtual and dispersed teams in an efficient and productive manner.

 

Q: How many students does the firm recruit? Will the pandemic affect your hiring decisions for this year?

On average, we recruit 4 to 6 summer students for each summer class. At this time, nothing suggests that there will be any change in this regard as we are recruiting 2L summer students who we hope will return to article with us in 2022/23. We are proud to have maintained all the start dates for all of our articling students and newly called associates this year, so the arrival of our future cohorts will not be delayed. 

 

Q: What qualities do you most look for in your candidates? Which ones have become even more crucial since the start of the pandemic?

We value perseverance, self-confidence, communication skills, flexibility, a sense of initiative, autonomy and teamwork. In the current situation, the skills that will constitute added value in our teams are above all the ability to adapt and react as well as good collaboration. Working remotely also requires autonomy, discipline and maturity. The current circumstances have forced us to demonstrate creativity in unprecedented situations as well as unparalleled team spirit (listening, helping one another, being flexible).

 

Q: In light of remote working and social distancing, what practices does the firm have in place to support employees?

Because of its sudden and unprecedented nature, the pandemic crisis certainly created a great deal of uncertainty and insecurity, but it also revealed the best of the Stikeman Elliott community: ingenuity, support and solidarity. While remaining transparent and attentive, the firm has spared no effort to provide ongoing support to all its members through office updates; communications to stay connected; the launch of a new microsite consolidating all information and advice relevant to COVID-19; messages of encouragement; announcements of new initiatives by the Chair and our Managing Partner; tips and strategies to work better remotely; mental health seminars organized by the Wellness & Mental Health Steering Committee; not to mention the entertaining monthly newsletters from our Human Resources Team and fun virtual teambuilding activities from our Professional Resources and Marketing and Business Development Teams, and more!

 

Q: While the current situation remains uncertain, what are the main priorities of the firm for the coming months?

We are very proud of our community, which has quickly adapted to today's challenges, and it is with optimism and pragmatism that we look to the future. However, our optimism is tempered by a good dose of caution and moderation. The health, safety and well-being of all members of the Stikeman Elliott community remain our top priorities. In the meantime, we have all the technological infrastructure necessary at our disposal to ensure the continuity of our services and meet the needs of our clients remotely, while taking our responsibilities as a company and as citizens. 

 

Q: In the age of the coronavirus, many businesses are rethinking the future of their operations. Is the firm considering adopting a new way of working for the future?

It's still hard to predict what our new 'normal' will look like, but one thing is for sure, we are at our best when we can interact, learn and work together side by side. Given the dynamic and social nature of our profession, culture and people, direct and close communication and collaboration are essential. It's fair to say that we all look forward to the day when we can resume our more normal activities at the office.