1. Group B applications are due on vilawportal by January 25, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. EST
2. To participate in ITLNCA OCIs, please include the following blurb at the end of your cover letter:
Thank you for considering my application. I would be pleased to be invited to an ITLNCA on-campus interview on February 2, 2021. To schedule an interview, please contact the ITLNCA Networks’ OCI Committee at email@example.com.
3. Candidates should apply to ALL firms/ legal employers that they are interested in working for. Candidates should not only apply to the list of firms participating in ITLNCA Networks’ OCIs 2021.
4. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information by January 25, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. EST
Note: This list will be updated on a rolling basis. Please also use the blurb when applying to firms that are not on the list as instructed.
Helpful information sessions:
All educational materials and information sessions can be viewed here: https://itln.ca/videos
The LSO has implemented a staggered application process for the recruitment of all students in 2021.
Employers will collect applications on two separate dates via viLawPortal:
1) Group A – Application deadline is Monday, January 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
2) Group B – Application deadline is Monday, January 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
The Group B deadline includes:
NB: For general information about these programs, visit the National Committee on Accreditation website.
Relevant Blackout Periods:
The Law Society of Ontario has issued an update on the 2021 Toronto summer student recruitment procedures to facilitate an equitable and timely process for all participants. In 2021, all OCI interviews will be virtual. If you have any questions about the Procedures, you may contact the Law Society of Ontario at email@example.com or visit the LSO’s website.
If you are an Ontario legal employer interested in learning more information or participating in ITLNCA OCIs 2021, please contact the ITLNCA Networks’ OCI Committee Chair Samantha Del Frate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO)'s Bencher, Atrisha Lewis, and LSO's Licensee candidate, Samantha Del Frate held at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) the first of its kind On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) for Internationally Trained Lawyers (ITLs) and National Committee of Accreditation (NCA) candidates. It was a great success. 14 firms participated and 6 students were offered 2L summer student positions in Ontario through this initiative and volunteer work.
Each year, the National Committee of Accreditation (NCA) receives over 1,800 applications from international candidates, seeking to become qualified lawyers in Canada. These candidates are diverse in terms of country of origin, cultural backgrounds, education, years of experience, language, creed, etc. Most will have to navigate the summer and/or articling application process in order to become qualified in Canada.
Prior to October 2019, ITLs and NCA candidates were eligible to apply to summer positions through a designated online portal. However, most were not aware of this opportunity nor was the initial OCI (the first stage of the formal recruitment process) available to them.
This systemic barrier greatly reduced the chances for diverse ITL and NCA candidates to secure an in-firm interview (the second stage of the formal recruitment process) and effectively worked to significantly reduce the number of diverse candidates in the hiring pipeline for many legal jobs in Ontario (i.e. summer, articling, and early associate positions).
Our mission continues to be to integrate ITLs and NCA candidates into the formal recruitment process and hiring pipeline, provide ITLs and NCAs with the relevant information, education, and resources required to succeed, and continue to create equitable opportunities for ITLs and NCA applicants.
We would like to thank the OBA for hosting our inaugural OCIs in October 2019 and for their
continued support of this diversity initiative. We would also like to thank the participating law firms and government offices that continue to support and participate in ITLNCA OCIs. We also could not have done it without the support in Ontario, of OsgoodePD and the University of Toronto’s GPLLM. We thank you for your ongoing support!
We look forward to working with all of you to create systemic inclusion, diversity, and equity in the Canadian legal sector.
The ITLNCA OCI Committee