As an articling student, you will apply your strengths and talents alongside our lawyers
Your level of responsibility will depend on your abilities, talent and performance.
Expect to discuss case strategy, participate in client meetings, draft procedures and contracts, conduct research and analysis on complex tax issues, and contribute to the preparation of texts and presentations for national and international events and publications.
Quite an Experience!
“During my interviews, I was promised that, upon my arrival at the firm, I would be involved in important tax cases, which was one of the reasons (among many) why I chose Barsalou Lawson Rheault. It has been almost two years since I joined the firm, and I regularly work on important cases involving innovative issues, which I love, especially because the work is done in a pleasant atmosphere where collaboration and communication are at the forefront. Working on international tax files alongside experts in the field is very rewarding, especially since each project offers a stimulating opportunity to strengthen my understanding of the field.”
Student (Articling, 2025)
About the Firm
Barsalou Lawson Rheault is one of Canada’s leading tax law firms
Our Methodical Approach
Our efficient process, and the excellence of our services are among the reasons why many of the world’s largest companies retain our services.
- Excellence, clarity, and depth in the execution of mandates;
- An ethical and responsible approach to taxation;
- Respect and transparency in our internal and external relationships.
Drawing on our experience in tax litigation, we provide our clients with responsible and viable tax planning that minimizes the risk of disputes. The firm’s cutting-edge expertise allows for a thorough assessment of these risks and the articulation of optimal solutions tailored to our clients’ needs.
The firm’s dispute resolution practice covers all stages and recourses in taxation including settlement at audit, objections, requests to the competent authorities under tax treaties, as well as disputes before both federal and provincial courts.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
We offer an inclusive work environment
Where our differences only enhance our ability to provide our clients with insightful and innovative solutions.
We are committed to providing a healthy and inclusive environment for all our employees, which is seen on a daily basis. So much so, that a recurring comment among our employees is that we are a “big family” and that we are all here to help one another.
In, an effort to make an impact on a broader scale we support a number of organizations that promote equity, diversity and inclusion. We also take on pro bono cases for Canadian taxpayers facing systemic obstacles.
“Working at Barsalou Lawson Rheault means being part of a warm and welcoming team. While articling, I had the opportunity to work on challenging and noteworthy cases in a friendly environment. The team’s close-knit nature allowed me to actively engage in mandates, greatly contributing to my professional development.”
As a member of the firm, you will be given meaningful and interesting work contributing to the success of mandates
Each articling period begins with a training and integration period within the firm. We take pride in our mentoring program, whether it be for our summer students, articling students or young lawyers. A mentor will be assigned to you on your first day with us and will support you in your integration and professional development.
We believe in the importance of constructive feedback, and throughout your articling period, we will strive to provide you with feedback that will help you identify your strengths and also the necessary skills to be developed.
You will participate in luncheon discussions led by our lawyers and may even lead one yourself. You will receive personalized guidance from your mentor (or “maître de stage”), who will answer all your questions and ensure that you have the necessary tools to meet your goals.
Several activities will take place throughout the summer, promoting team building, connections that will accompany you throughout your career.
Ultimately, you will be part of a collaborative work environment in which you will quickly develop professionally by participating in all stages of a large-scale tax case.
Course aux stages
February : Application Portal
Applications for the “Course aux stages” must be submitted from February 2 to February 5, 2024 through the viLawPortal.
March : Interviews, Activites and Offers
Interviews with selected candidates take place in March, according to the dates set out in the Recruitment Agreement:
- March 11 to March 21, 2024: Interviews and other activities
- Friday, March 22, 2024: Articling offers
The firm does not have a formal selection criteria and will review all submitted applications. However, excellence, clarity of vision, enthusiasm, and respect for others are sought-after characteristics.
Please note that the majority of our articling students are recruited through the “Course aux stages” held in February/March of each year. We may, on occasion, hire exceptional summer and articling students outside of this recruitment process (where permitted).
Exceeded my Expectations
“As an aspiring tax lawyer, my articling period at Barsalou Lawson Rheault exceeded all my expectations: high-calibre mandates, involvement in files from day 1, and the team’s dedication to seeing me develop my knowledge and confidence. Despite a difficult pandemic context, my training supervisor and other members of the firm made sure every day that I got the guidance and support I needed to meet client expectations and acquire, at my own pace, the tools I needed to start my career.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you hire all of your articling students at end of their articles?
Subject to exceptions, we offer employment to all of our articling students.
Can I work as a student?
Yes, you may work as a full-time student during the summer and part time during your studies. This will allow you to apply theory to practice very soon after being hired.
The 2023 articling student annual salary was $77,000. It is being adjusted yearly, to follow the market.
Our lawyers are remunerated very competitively. Remuneration can be adjusted based on performance.
Salary increases are determined annually and take into account the individual performance of each lawyer and the development of their skills. There is no predetermined salary based on the number of years experience/member of the Bar.
Is bilingualism essential?
Our lawyers work in both French and English, but some students primarily speak or write in one of the two languages when they start at the firm. These individuals will need to learn the other language during their employment, and language courses will be offered to them.
Fees associated with your admission to l’École du Barreau are reimbursed by the firm.
Will I have a mentor?
Of course. On your first day, you will be assigned a mentor from among our experienced lawyers.