The role of the Career Development Office is to ensure that students are aware of the wide range of summer, articling, and long-term employment opportunities available, and that they have the information and skills necessary to reach their personal goals.
The Career Development Office provides students with individual career counselling, a wide variety of seminars and workshops on a broad range of topics, comprehensive information resources, and opportunities to meet employers. Queen's Law hosts an annual Careers Day at which students can speak to representatives from over 50 law firms and government offices from across Ontario, an annual Practice Interview Day, and on-campus interview with Toronto and Ottawa summer employers.
The Career Development Office is on the fourth floor of the law school. The office is overseen by the Assistant Dean of Students, Jane Emrich, and staffed by; Julie Banting, Career Development Director; Mike Molas, Career Counsellor; Jenny DeBruyn, Admissions and Career Development Coordinator; and student members of the Career Development Committee.
Students on the Committee help maintain the employer database and assist with Careers Day, practice interviews, on-campus interviews, and other seminars and programs.
A legal education can lead to articling and/or professional career opportunities with a wide variety of employers, including:
- Clerkships at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court, and provincial Courts of Appeal and trial level courts
- Law Firms (general and specialized practices)
- Government Legal Departments (federal, provincial and municipal)
- Regulatory Agencies
- In-House Legal Departments
- Public Interest Organizations
- Academia and the Bench
- International Organizations
Students wishing to pursue a career as a practising lawyer in Canada must complete an LL.B. or J.D. and satisfy the requirements established by the Law Society of the jurisdiction in which they wish to practise. In each province and territory the requirements include the completion of a Bar Admission Course (lectures, seminars and examinations) and a period of articling (working under the supervision of a practising lawyer).
Most of our graduates choose to article even if they do not wish to practise law. However, some pursue graduate studies or work in other areas such as policy, business, publishing, and human resources.