Bay Street Summer Job Numbers

Since 2008, Precedent has tracked the number of second-year students Toronto law firms have hired, in the fall, for the upcoming summer.

In the interactive chart below, we’ve ranked the firms that have historically taken on the largest crop of students. When you toggle between the past eight years, the chart will show the current year in bold, plus the three previous years. You can also sort the 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 have handled law-firm mergers over the years.

Note: We have now heard back from all 16 firms we reach out each year to and added their 2017 numbers to the chart below.

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Firm 2017 2016 2015 2014 Notes
Dentons 10 12 12 11
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 15 13 12 10
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 11 16 17 13
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 24 21 25 17
Stikeman Elliott 22 20 24 18
Goodmans 15 13 14 13
Bennett Jones 16 16 13 16
McCarthy Tétrault 27 22 23 20
Borden Ladner Gervais 21 21 20 22
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 13 12 12 17
Torys 14 23 19 17
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 21 36 32 37
Norton Rose Fulbright 17 19 19 19
McMillan 9 11 12 10
Gowling WLG 13 14 15 16
Miller Thomson 9 9 9 9
TOTAL 257 278 278 265
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Read our coverage from over the years.

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.