Bay Street Hireback Ranking

Since 2009, Precedent has tracked the number of articling students Toronto law firms have hired back as first-year associates — and called it the Hireback Watch.

In the interactive chart below, we’ve ranked the firms that have historically taken on the largest crop of students. You can toggle between the past nine years and sort the hireback data in each column. And if you click on any firm names, you’ll see its numbers from over the years.

See below the chart to find out how we calculate the data and how we have handled law-firm mergers over the years.

For a broader look at the articling job market, you can browse through our full list of Toronto-wide hireback numbers.

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Rank Firm Articling
Students
Students
Hired Back
Number of
opt outs
Hireback Rate*
1 Torys 15 15 0 100%
13 Dentons 14 9 1 69%
14 Norton Rose Fulbright 20 10 4 63%
15 McMillan 11 6 1 60%
15 Gowling WLG 16 9 1 60%
12 Borden Ladner Gervais 21 14 1 70%
11 Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 12 9 1 82%
10 Blake, Cassels & Graydon 32 24 4 86%
9 Stikeman Elliott 17 13 2 87%
8 Cassels Brock & Blackwell 17 14 1 88%
7 Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 11 9 1 90%
5 Bennett Jones 16 13 2 93%
5 Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 16 13 2 93%
4 McCarthy Tétrault 20 15 4 94%
1 Department of Justice 4 4 0 100%
1 Goodmans 13 11 2 100%
  TOTAL 255 188 27 82%

*Before calculating each hireback rate, we subtracted the opt-outs from each firm's total number of articling students.

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Notes on the data

  • Our data for each year before 2013 refers to the numbers for FMC, which merged with Dentons in March 2013.
  • Our data for each year before 2012 refers to Ogilvy Renault, which merged with Norton Rose in July 2011.
  • Our data for each year before 2016 refers to Gowling Lafleur Henderson, which merged with UK-based Wragge Lawrence Graham to form Gowling WLG in February 2016.
  • Our data for each year before 2015 refers to Davis LLP, which merged with DLA Piper in April 2015.