Law Graduates Demand in Canada - Jobs, Salaries and Top Companies

by sakshi.jain

Law is considered to be one of the top careers of the future in Canada. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in pre-law, a first-level law degree and passing the bar exam, then Canada awaits you with great opportunities. The starting salary of a Lawyer in Canada is CAD 72,000/year.

Job Market for Lawyers in Canada

Canada offers several job opportunities in various fields of law. But, due to the decreasing number of people going into the field of law, the job outlook is increasing. There is a high demand of lawyers across all fields varying from corporate law to criminal defense. Lawyers work towards ensuring the protection of rights of a company or an individual. Job specifications depend on the type of law chosen by students. 

  • THE ranks University of Toronto on 16th, McGill University on 13 and University of British Columbia on 17th in Law.
  • QS World Rankings ranks University of British Columbia 51-100th in Law and Legal Studies.

Some prominent law firms in Toronto and their salaries are:

Law Firms1st Year
Baker and McKenzie*$98,000
Blake, Cassels and Graydon$100,000
Davis LLP$90,000
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP*$92,500
Gardiner Roberts LLP*$80,000
Goodman and Carr$80,000
Heenan Blaikie$95,000
Lang Michener$90,000
Miller Thompson LLP$95,000
Thompson, Rogers*$80,000

*Firms that provide bonuses on top of salary.

Top careers for Law students in Canada

With a law degree in Canada, students can work as an Advice Worker, Chartered Accountant, Civil Service Administrator, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Forensic Computer Analyst, Human Resources Officer, Patent Attorney, Stockbroker or as a Trading Standards Officer.

The provision of legal services by lawyers in Canada is stratified into a number of market segments:

  • Sole practitioners;
  • Small and medium-sized firms;
  • Large regional or national firms;
  • Mega and multi-jurisdictional firms;
  • In-house counsel as well as lawyers working in other corporate areas;
  • Government and non-profit organizations.  
Top Jobs for law students in CanadaAverage Salaries (for a year, in CAD)
Law Clerk50,000
Legal Assistant50,000
Research Assistant62,000
Associate75,000
Lawyer96,500
Lawyer cum paralegal instructor70,000
Junior lawyer73,586

Other Career Opportunities for Law Students in Canada

Some of the alternative career fields are:

Education and Academic Administration

Apart from teaching in a college or a university, students can also opt for non-teaching positions in the universities. Law schools, in Canada welcome legally-trained individuals to work in admissions, alumni relations, career services and law libraries.

Banking and Finance

If the students have any experience in securities, trusts and estates, tax or banking law, then they can use it in banking and finance industry. Career options include that of a Risk Manager, estate planning advisor, trust officer, financial planner, commercial loans officer and mutual fund administrator.

Conflict resolution

Fields such as arbitration, mediation and negotiation are growing. Individuals with strong communication and dispute resolution skills get hired by labor unions, hospitals, school associations, universities and government agencies.

Government and politics

In provincial and federal governments, lawyers often get hired as policy analysts. They gather and research information and analyze issues in written reports. They coordinate in developing strategic policy. Issues in the policy will be related to health, transportation, education and environment.     

Human Resources

Companies look for talented professionals to recruit new staff. Lawyers van also work as hiring coordinators, human resources administrator or training manager. Other career options like law firm administrator, head of associate recruiting, marketing director etc. are also open.

Legal consulting

If a student is tech-savvy, then he can use his knowledge about legal software to work as an IT consultant. Option of a legal nurse consultant is also available if a student has a nursing background.  

Legal writing, editing and publishing

Several lawyers use their research skills and work as freelance legal writers and editors. They not only contribute articles for legal publications, but also write do-it-yourself law books. In Canada, you can also work as a columnist for newspapers and magazines or write content for law firm websites.

Apart from these, a law degree can also be useful for you if you want to make career in non-traditional jobs. These jobs include that of an Administrator, Investigator, lobbyist, ethics officer, probation officer, consumer advocate, law librarian, auditor etc. 

As far as law is concerned in Canada, the clients now expect more say in the services provided. As an increasing number of lawyers and non-lawyers are entering the marketplace, the trend may even become more pronounced. The demand for Canadian legal services could be influenced by the globalization of markets.

Recruitment firms such as Life After Law, Counsel Network, ZSA, RainMaker Group, Robert Half Legal, Marsden International or NagataConnex Executive Legal Search specialize in placing lawyers in the Canadian marketplace. This could be of immense help for the students. Skills valued the most in law, in Canada include handling volumes of work, understanding the importance of client service, understanding the value of getting clients back promptly, a disciplined work ethic and paying attention to detail.

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