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.

Hired Back
Number of
opt outs
Hireback Rate*
14Bennett Jones1812067%
6Blake, Cassels & Graydon2423096%
11Borden Ladner Gervais1916189%
1Cassels Brock & Blackwell12120100%
11Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg148589%
1Department of Justice10100100%
1Fasken Martineau DuMoulin12120100%
16Gowling WLG138062%
10McCarthy Tétrault2017189%
13Norton Rose Fulbright1712175%
1Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt20200100%
1Stikeman Elliott24222100%

*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.