Recruitment and Hiring

The Directors of Research, as well as a committee of various partners and associates, are responsible for the recruitment and hiring of our articling and summer students. We anticipate that we will hire three students for the summer of 2017.

We are looking for creative, energetic individuals with a strong academic background and an interest in one or more of our areas of practice. We want congenial students who will foster an atmosphere of co-operation among all lawyers and staff, and who will demonstrate a sense of responsibility and the initiative to provide high quality legal service.

Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP is proud of its reputation as a bilingual law firm. Although skill in both official languages is not required, we encourage applicants who can work in both English and French.

Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP has traditionally looked to its summer students as its source for articling students. We recognize that people are our greatest asset and the key to our continued long-term success as a firm. We see the articling experience as the best possible opportunity to assess the personal character and professional potential of our future lawyers.

Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP has progressive policies relating to maternity and family leave, and supports a workplace free of harassment.

Deadlines and Interviews

January 18, 2017: date by which summer student applications are to be submitted

January 26 – February 8, 2017: OCI Period at Ontario Law Schools

February 3, 2017: date by which firms will attempt to make offers of interviews

February 9, 2017: date by which firms participating in OCIs will make in-firm interview offers

February 13-23, 2017: interview week for candidates

February 20, 2017: Family day – no interviews

February 24, 2017: date by which offers for 2017 summer student positions begin at 8:00 AM (EST)*

*We will conduct interviews for the hiring of students in accordance with the general policy for the Ottawa region.

Submission of Application:

To apply, please submit the following: 
  • Your resume; 
  • A covering letter;
  • Transcript with undergraduate marks; 
  • A copy of first and second year law school grades (as available);
  • The name, address, and telephone number of at least two references, one preferably a former employer; 
  • A list of anticipated upper year courses; and 
  • Reference letters are optional but encouraged.
Please submit your completed Application on the Vi Portal.
All other questions should be directed to

David Contant
Director of Research
Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP
Suite 1500, 50 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2

Direct Line: 613-231-8354
Toll-free in Canada: 1-888-565-9912
Fax: 613-788-3660


Carol Craig
Director of Research
Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP
Suite 1500, 50 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2

Direct Line: 613-231-8240
Toll-free in Canada: 1-888-565-9912
Fax: 613-788-3694