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 15 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.

The 2022 Summer Job Watch is now live. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be updating the chart below as firms report their numbers. Check back often and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, where we will announce updates to the chart.

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Firm 2022 2021 2020 2019 Notes
Bennett Jones 26 24 19 19
Blake, Cassels & Graydon 43 33 40 30
Cassels Brock & Blackwell 24 16 15 15
Dentons 6 11 8 11
Fasken 21 21 15 15
Goodmans 15 10 13 13
McMillan 12 13 12 12
Miller Thomson 14 13 13 13
Norton Rose Fulbright 16 15 15 16
Stikeman Elliott 24 26 19 22
Torys 19 20 19 22
Borden Ladner Gervais 30 24 28 25
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 17 15 15 15
McCarthy Tétrault 32 25 26 29
Gowling WLG 15 15 15 14
TOTAL 314 281 272 271

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.