The Student Experience

Our Ottawa-based, bilingual law firm specializes in union-side labour and employment law. Our practice is a dynamic blend of labour and administrative law, human rights, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, pay equity, pension and employee benefit law, and occupational health and safety. We only represent unions, employees, progressive organizations or complainants. We regularly appear before labour boards, arbitrators, human rights tribunals, and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

As a summer or articling student, you will assist lawyers in preparation for hearings before courts and administrative tribunals. For example, you will assist in interviewing clients, drafting pleadings and legal memoranda, and researching legal arguments. Articling students may have the opportunity to take on Small Claims and other court appearances, as well as Employment Insurance Commission Board of Referees matters and similar tribunal hearings. Summer students, in addition to their experience working at the firm, also have the opportunity to complete a secondment to a public interest or social justice organization.

All of our lawyers are invested in making the student experience balanced and rewarding. Besides research and advocacy training, you will learn important practice management skills that are necessary for a successful legal practice. We are committed to providing mentorship and feedback throughout the articling process.

Our articling students are represented by CUPE Local 1281. The terms and conditions of employment for articling students are determined by a collective agreement.

Applying to our Firm

If you are interested in applying to our firm, submit your cover letter, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, two references, and at least two writing samples.

Summer students: Our firm follows the schedule for summer student recruitment in Ottawa. Applications for summer positions are typically due mid-to-late January.

Articling students: The deadline to apply for articling positions is set by the Law Society. Applications for articling positions in Ottawa are typically due in May.

We want candidates with practical and life experience, and a philosophical commitment to workers’ rights and social justice. We rely on our students to bring an active, creative problem-solving approach to clients’ issues. We are looking for students with a strong academic background, skills in client relations, research, organization and advocacy.

We encourage applications from students who self-identify as being from one or more of the following designated groups, and have regard for this factor in making hiring decisions: Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, members of the LGBTQQIP2SA community and women.

All inquiries about summer and articling with Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck should be directed to or by telephone at (613) 567-2901. We encourage you to contact the firm if you would like to talk to our current students about their experience.