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Fashion Friday – CBB Student Advice Edition

As some of you may know, firm tours are well underway on Bay Street. In fact, we held our first one yesterday! Firm tours, although not mandatory for applicants, are a great way to get comfortable in a big firm environment without the added pressure of an official interview. If you’re in the city this summer, and can make it out to one, I would definitely recommend it.

Our firm tour on July 16 is already at capacity, but you can sign up for one on July 29 or August 11 at:

For those of you out in balmy Vancouver, we will be having an open house on July 22nd. Register at:

*Pro tip: If you aren’t available for a scheduled firm tour you can reach out to Leigh-Ann, our Assistant Director of Professional Development & Student Programs. She can put you in contact with a current summer student to chat about Cassels, the application process, OCIs, or anything in between.

OK, so you’re signed up for a firm tour. Now what? One thing we all think about is what to wear. Trading in a sweat suit for a business suit is a difficult emotional process, so I wrote this post to help ease the worries of anyone struggling with their game day outfit. Let’s face it – “look good, feel good” is a legitimate mental state, and if you’re comfortable and confident in what you wear it will be a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved!

I think the best piece of advice I received last summer was that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Now, I wouldn’t recommend re-wearing your prom dress for a firm tour or interview, but dressing up rather than dressing down is definitely the way to go. Just ask yourself if you would be comfortable meeting every single lawyer, staff, and client of the firm in what you’re wearing. If the answer is no, I would try to find something more appropriate.

Regardless of gender, it’s always safe to go with a suit. Ladies – don’t be worried about the skirtsuit vs. pantsuit debate. Honestly, it’s all about comfort.Whatever you feel best in, wear. It’s a pretty even 50/50 split and it’s based completely on personal preference.

Finding an appropriate suit isn’t the hard part. The difficulty comes, for me anyway, when trying to decide what top to pair with it! Try to reach for something that isn’t a tank top or too sheer. If you’re worried, wear a camisole underneath to cover your bases. For the ladies, a collared shirt is not necessary; in fact, I’d advise against it. They can be uncomfortable and restricting. Best to save them for interviews when you’ll need to bring out the big guns. If you don’t own a suit but you have an appropriate dress, pair it with a blazer and you’ll be good to go.

Same advice goes for whether you should wear heels or flats. If you are going to wear heels, just be sure that walking all day isn’t going to be an issue – and that they are appropriate office wear. If your doubting walkability over the course of the day, bring a pair of back-up flats or flip-flops to slip on pre and post tour.

Hair, makeup, and accessories are another important point that sometimes get overlooked. I think it’s best not to have unruly hair and not to wear stage makeup or costume jewellery. It’s OK to wear nail polish, but try sticking to neutral colours and make sure it isn’t chipped. Try to keep everything toned down but at the same time, be yourself. You want to feel good, but you do not want to be remembered for what you are wearing.

Gentlemen, I regret to inform you that my fashion advice for you is rather basic – but hey, at least it isn’t complicated. Throw on your favourite suit and tie, a pair of dress-shoes, add in a pair of stylish socks and remember to iron your shirt!

As an added bonus to all of this well-crafted advice, I’m providing you with examples of how to “dress for success” like a CBB student.




Until next time fashionistas,


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Apparently Bay Street really is cut throat…

  At CBB we compete for articling positions Hunger Games style.



The ladies looking tough.


The gold medal game: Vancouver vs. Toronto, Fireman vs. Civilian


2015 summer students and some members of the student committee.



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The Summer Students of 2015 Have Arrived!

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves, we’re the summer students of Cassels, Brock & Blackwell, C to the B-B. Having learned everything there is to know during orientation and our first official week of work, we are ready to take on any challenges the summer of 2015 may present. That’s right, after just two weeks at CBB we’re ready to go.

We arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on May 11th, found our name tags, and waited patiently for the day to begin. The majority of our first day (and week for that matter) was spent getting to know the firm, the student committee, and each other. We attended countless seminars, training sessions, and most importantly lunches.

Please excuse the lack of detail above. We have to admit that most of our first two weeks have been a blur – but to be fair, Leigh-Ann did say we would forget about 80% of what we learned. However, from what we do remember, we’ve decided to create a short list of must-haves for what we think it takes to be a summer student at CBB:

  • Learn to laugh at yourself. You may end up at a welcome cocktail reception where Jonathan Freeman and Jamie Firsten are roasting you using material that you unknowingly provided them in an “About Me” Q&A sheet you handed in during exams.
  • Come prepared with an awesome nickname or be prepared to have one created for you. For example: We allowed Amanda S. to keep her cherished Windsor nickname of “Bangs,” regardless of the fact that she no longer has bangs; we created “BUZZ” for Michael G.; and mysteriously landed on “Mario” for Marco.
  • Learn how to properly panic when given a mock due diligence assignment. Everyone else is doing it, and you want to be prepared so that you really fit in with the group.
  • Practice posing awkwardly and smiling for photos. You’ll want to be a pro for your professional photo session. Disclaimer: Try not to be offended if the photographer points to a photo and says “I guess that’ll do,” “I can photoshop that,” or “you look too young with an open mouth smile, let’s try something different.”
  • Dont listen to anyone who tells you that pursuing a career in law is nothing like what you see on TV. We spent an afternoon learning to use Westlaw at the head office of the law firm Pearson Specter from the TV show Suits – or what is properly known as the Thomson-Reuters office in the Bay Adelaide Centre.
  • If you do not think it will ever benefit you to know how to throw an axe, you’re wrong. If you think it is a skill that will come naturally, you’re wrong again. Pro tip: It helps if you are, or ever have been a firefighter (read: cheater), like our champion Jon.
  • Finally, be prepared to participate in “unofficial” student events where you may be peer pressured into riding a mechanical bull or line dancing.

We hope we’ve provided you with some valuable insight into our first few weeks at CBB. We look forward to sharing our summer with all of you!

Aimee, Danielle, & the 2015 summer students of CBB

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