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Since 1971, we have provided innovative legal solutions to Canadian and international clients on a broad range of issues. Our commitment to legal excellence and client success has helped Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall become the largest independent full-service law firm in Canada’s National Capital Region. For students that represents opportunity.

We provide students with a superior articling or summer work experience, including exposure to a broad range of practice areas and access to resources and support that are second to none. More, our students see firsthand what makes a firm, and our individual lawyers, succeed. With approximately 50 lawyers and 60 administrative professionals, we are continually evolving to meet the changing needs of our clients. Regardless of our client’s legal issue, our approach is constant: delivering a solution that is both sound and efficient.

We provide our clients with clarity, focus, direction and efficiency. If our students learn how to do the same, they will succeed as well.

The success of the community in which we live and do business is our success. Our firm gives back to the community that has helped us become a leader. We have a long and proud history of supporting various Ottawa institutions and charities. Our efforts have helped organizations such as Terry Fox Foundation, Youville Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Citizen Advocacy, Ronald McDonald House, and The Ottawa Mission, among many others.

We take our student program very seriously. We are proud of the talented students we’ve attracted, and especially that so many of them have gone on to launch their careers with us.

Summer Program

Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall offers students the opportunity to begin their careers with the premier independent full-service firm in the National Capital Region as a summer student after completion of their second year of law school or after the third year of a four year program.

Students get to know our firm while gaining valuable hands-on experience. All summer students are assigned a mentor to offer advice and guidance during the summer months. Although the short time frame does not allow for a complete rotational program, a modified system ensures that students get exposure to numerous different areas of the law. Most importantly, our students gain exposure to a dynamic, growing, successful firm and the leading professionals who make it happen. Summer student salaries are on par with articling students. We also encourage our summer students to join in our social functions for the season. In fact, the vast majority of our summer students enjoy their experience so much that they choose to come back here for their articling term. We take our student programs seriously because we know many of these students will be building our firm in the future.

Join us for the summer; we believe you’ll come back.

Articling Program

At Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, our commitment to client success has made us the largest and most successful independent law firm in the National Capital Region. For our articling students, that means a superior articling experience, including exposure to a broad range of practice areas and access to resources and support that are second to none.

To maximize your articling experience we provide four rotations over a 10-month placement, each with a different practice focus. Our system is flexible, allowing you to pursue areas of personal interest and to follow a file from beginning to end. All students are supported by a dedicated Principal (Partner), Mentor (Associate), Research Director, Librarian, and Chair of the Student Program. These individuals have a professional responsibility to each student and their success.

Our support team is a critical part of our strength. Our firm has a strong team of administrators, law clerks, legal assistants, library, IT and accounting personnel supporting our more than 50 lawyers.

We also provide a competitive salary and benefits package. In fact, the salary we offer is among the top range for articling programs in Ottawa. The firm also pays for both the licensing fees and examination fees levied by the Law Society of Ontario as well as salary during the required study breaks related to the examination. We want you to make our firm your professional home and we are committed to doing what it takes to make sure you succeed.

In addition to the range of law we practice, our size means we’re able to provide you with support and access to resources that will significantly enrich your experience. These include:

  • Dedicated Research Director
  • Extensive In-House Law Library
  • Targeted Seminar Programs
  • Superior Technology
  • Social Calendar
  • Exceptional Clients

We believe that a strong, cohesive team delivers superior service to our clients. That’s why we invite our students to get involved in the many learning opportunities, charitable activities and social events organized by the firm.

Most importantly, our firm offers the opportunity to work in an environment where they will learn success and gain exposure to legal professionals. We attract and mentor talented individuals. It is a priority for us because we know that many of our articling students will be helping to build our firm in the future.

Join us as a summer student after completion of your second year of law school and earn valuable hands-on experience in your chosen field.

Student Testimonials

“Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall has given me exactly what I was hoping to experience during articling and more. I have been exposed to a wide range of areas of law, even ones I did not know existed, while still given the opportunity to hone in on my specific interests. Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall gives the best of both worlds. On one hand, it offers opportunities to learn from experts in different fields. On the other hand, it offers a breadth of direct hands-on experiences and advocacy opportunities, while equipping students with the tools and resources to develop critical skills that build the foundations of a successful lawyer. Most importantly, I have built great friendships and mentorship relationships with lawyers and staff that I know will transcend articling.”

Veronica Blanco Sanchez Articling Student

“Articling at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall has been all around an amazing experience. The firm puts a lot of care and effort into the articling program to ensure students gain the necessary skills and tools to set them up for success in the legal field. I was especially impressed with the legal and professional mentorship provided to the students. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work on a variety of projects from many different areas of law and to work with supportive lawyers and staff from all practice groups.”

Selena Saikaley Articling Student

“As an articling student at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, I am receiving invaluable practical legal experience and mentoring. We are trusted with small claims cases from pleadings to resolution, and involved in major cases in diverse areas of law. I really feel like part of the team, and I feel appreciated for my work.

Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall offers students the right balance between extensive experiences and resources, a collegial atmosphere and work-life balance. Because of this, my articling experience has been extremely rewarding!” (translated from French)

Noémie Ducret Articling Student

“The student program at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP provided me with the opportunity to become an integral part of a collegial team and to be involved in a wide variety of fascinating files. The size of the firm and the team-oriented dynamic quickly allows students to work closely with associates and partners on a day-to-day basis, allowing them not only to gain legal and technical training, but also practical client experiences that will be useful in their practice as future lawyers. As someone who started my time at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall thinking I was interested in litigation, the rotations truly allowed me to see different practice areas and to come to the realization that I was interested in corporate law instead.

The collegial environment allows students to feel comfortable from the moment they step in the door and allows them to interact and build professional relationships. Without a doubt, my summer and articling at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall exceeded all expectations and will forever be a memorable experience.” (translated from French)

Brianna Mayes Associate

Current Students

Each year we are proud of the talented students our summer and articling programs attract. We are equally proud of how many go on to launch successful careers with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall.

Our success as a firm is due to our people, and our student programs are one of the chief ways we expand our team with high-quality, high-achieving individuals.

This year’s students are:

Summer Students – 2021
Mélissa Lalonde, University of Ottawa
Vincent Martel, University of Ottawa
Cody Richard, University of Ottawa
Rachel Sombach, University of Ottawa

Articling Students – 2021-2022
Simon Barry, University of Ottawa
Mariam Sarr, McGill University
James Wilding, Queen’s University
Shuhang Zhong, York University

How to Apply

Why not start your career with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall as either a summer or articling student?  Both programs will give you an opportunity to get to know our firm while gaining valuable hands-on experience.

At Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, we follow the Law Society sanctioned procedure for recruitment of summer and articling students in Ottawa. Please note that, only second year law students or third year if enrolled in a four year program are eligible for the Student Summer Program.

2022 General Student Recruitment

  • viLaw portal opens:  Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Application deadline: Monday, January 24, 2022 by 1:00 p.m.
  • OCI and interview period:  Tuesday, February 3, 2022 to Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Call day for offers:  Thursday, March 3, 2022 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The schedule for the Articling Recruitment Process for 2023-2024 articling session has not yet been finalized.


Please submit your application package through the viRecruit Portal and include a cover letter, your résumé, law school and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a writing sample of no more than five (5) pages (may be an excerpt from a longer paper). For bilingual candidates, please submit your cover letter and writing sample in French as well.

If you are unable to submit your package through the viRecruit Portal, these items should be forwarded by email to Karin Pagé, Chair, Student Program at

If you would like to learn more about us, or the articling and student programs at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l., please contact Karin Pagé, Chair, Student Program at 613.238.2022 or