Summer Positions


Introduction to Cassidy Levy Kent

Cassidy Levy Kent (Canada) LLP (“CLK”) invites applications from students with a genuine interest in international trade and public procurement law for a summer position during the summer of 2021.

Our work touches all areas of international trade and investment law, as well as disputes arising from public procurements. Our primary focus is in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations (trade remedies) before the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). In these investigations, we represent both Canadian manufacturers/producers as well as foreign producers/exporters to assist them in obtaining either protection from unfairly priced goods or unhindered access to the Canadian market. Beyond trade remedies, we advise clients (including corporations and domestic and foreign governments) on WTO dispute settlement cases, trade policy and treaty negotiations. We also have a very strong public procurement practice that regularly appears before the CITT, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Finally, we advise clients on export controls (including under Canada’s Export and Import Permits Act, the Special Economic Measures Act, and the Defence Production Act) and customs matters.

CLK is a top ranked firm, earning “Band 1” recognition in Chambers Canada’s 2021 rankings and, in addition to achieving Tier 1 in international trade in the Legal 500 2021, that ranking publication identified CLK as one of the top four Canadian boutiques.

Our compensation package is among the most competitive in the Ottawa market.


Job Description and Candidate Qualifications

Summer students at CLK will be intimately involved in all aspects of our work. Day to day work will involve legal research and drafting and economic analysis. Students will also be invited to attend team strategy meetings and discuss active matters with partners and associates on a regular basis. Whenever possible, students will attend and participate in hearings and client meetings.

The successful candidate should have an active interest in international trade matters, economic reasoning and analysis, and Canadian trade laws. CLK seeks students with demonstrated proficiencies in legal writing, research, and the use of Microsoft Excel. Although prior experience in international trade law (including course work) and familiarity with Microsoft Excel are valued assets, these are not prerequisites for employment with our firm because we invest heavily in our students and associates by offering one on one training in all areas of our firm’s work.

We invite interested applicants to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (law school/undergraduate, graduate, as applicable), list of upper year courses, two references from employers or professors, and, a short writing sample (no longer than ten pages) to . Please note that there is a rolling application deadline.  Dates are shown below.  While we appreciate and will review every application thoroughly, we will only contact those selected for an interview. The interview will be conducted between February 17 and 25 and ideally will take place in person in Ottawa; however, we are willing to make accommodations as necessary for students unable to travel to Ottawa during that period.  In the event that in-person interviews are not possible due to COVID 19, the interviews will be conducted virtually. If in-person interviews are possible and a student cannot travel to Ottawa, we will conduct the interview virtually.

Application Deadlines (all deadlines are 5:00 p.m.):
Dalhousie: January 12, 2021
Lakehead: January 12, 2021
Queen’s: January 13, 2021
Western: January 14, 2021
Windsor: January 15, 2021
McGill: January 18, 2021
Ottawa: U January 20, 2021
Osgoode: January 25, 2021
U of T: January 25, 2021
All Other Law Schools: January 18, 2021

We thank you for your interest in Cassidy Levy Kent (Canada) LLP in advance.