Student Recruitment

Come article with De Grandpré Chait to kickstart your career and set you on the path to success.

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Are we what you’re looking for?

Right from the start, you’ll be part of the team and in the heat of the action. You’ll be given mandates that range from simple to complex and will be called on to appear before the courts, research case law or draft pleadings. We’ll ask you for advice, take note of your input and consider any suggestions you may have for integrating new technologies or innovative practices.

In other words, you’ll be involved at every step of a file and will work closely with enthusiastic and experienced lawyers who are committed to helping you succeed.

Multi-talented individuals.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

What does a typical day at DGC look like?

No two days are alike! First off, we don’t have a mandatory rotation system. We want you to grow in the areas you’re interested in. Depending on the day, you may be called on to appear before the courts, research case law or draft pleadings. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive experience, making sure you’re involved at every step of a file.

What’s the interview process like?

As per the Entente de recrutement, we’ll be holding two interviews. We see these interviews as a chance to get to know each other. We’ll tell you more about the firm, ask you open-ended questions to get to know you and simulate situations to test your skills.

Is there a billable hour target?

We do not have a billable hour target for articling students. We believe that it’s important for you to focus on learning without added pressure, so you won’t be evaluated on your billable hours.

Why does your firm only recruit third-year students?

Our aim is to hire the students after they’re done articling. Recruiting only third-year articling students allows us to better assess our needs and leads to higher hiring rates. Over the years, we’ve also noticed that third-year students have clearer professional goals.

What are you looking for in an articling student?

Aside from academic background, we value qualities like integrity, teamwork, business acumen, client service, a sharp mind, autonomy, and involvement in charitable, cultural, sport or community organizations. We also see ourselves as an entrepreneurial firm. That’s why we’re looking for entrepreneurially-minded articling students who share this vision.

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How important are academic grades?

Grades are one factor among others. We also look at professional experience and social and academic involvement.

How many students do you hire after the articling period?

Depending on our needs, we hire 4 to 6 students after each articling period. Our goal is to train our articling students in order to hire them after they complete their articling.

What’s the firm’s social life like

De Grandpré Chait cares about providing a friendly work environment. You’ll be invited to join a range of social and sporting activities organized by the firm’s social committee and associates’ council. We also organize happy hours.

How are articling students supported?

Various people will support you throughout your articling period, starting with your articling supervisor. You will also have mentors and coaches who will be there to listen and help you. Like all other employees at the firm, you will have support from the IT, business development and marketing, HR and internal services departments. We want you to be able to focus on working and learning without having to worry about logistics.

How are articling students paid?

De Grandpré Chait offers a competitive salary with benefits, and a company cell phone.

Can articling students work at the firm the summer before their articling period?

Students are welcome to work at the firm the summer before their articling period. This allows them to get to know the firm before their articling period officially starts.

University scholarships and partnerships.

For several years now, De Grandpré Chait has encouraged academic success through scholarships and involvement on university campuses. Excellence is an integral part of our values and we are proud to reward students who exceed expectations.

2022-2023 academic year:

  • Université de Montréal
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Biens immobiliers course
    $2,500 scholarship given to a student (insert link to news article)
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Droit fiscal course
    $2,500 scholarship given to a student
  • University of Ottawa
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Droit fiscal de l’entreprise course
    $2,500 scholarship given to a student
  • Université de Sherbrooke
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Droit fiscal de l’immobilier course
    $2,500 scholarship given to a student
  • McGill University
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Droit immobilier course
    $5,000 donation to the Law Prize Winners Bursary Fund for supporting students in their last year at the Faculty of Law on behalf of the recipient
  • Concordia University
    De Grandpré Chait Award for best grade in the Biens immobiliers course
    In partnership with the Jonathan Wener Centre for Real Estate

Key dates.

  • February 3 to 6, 2023
    Applications via viRecruitPortal
  • February 22 to 24, 2023
    Invitations sent to students selected for the 1st interview
  • March 13 to 23, 2023
    Course aux stages
  • Week of March 13, 2023
    1st interview
  • March 20 to 23, 2023
    2nd interview
  • March 24, 2023
    Articling offers
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Contact persons.

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Isabelle AlaryDirector, Human Resources
514.878.3203ialary@dgchait.com
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    François MarchandPartner
    514.878.3228fmarchand@dgchait.com
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