Can we chat over coffee?

For some of you out there, you’ve started to hear about people going on “coffee chats” in anticipation of the recruiting season. As it is a great way to get to know the firms, you might be wondering how to get the most of out of these meetings. To give you some tips on this, we’ve asked some of our own summer students to share their experience with you!

Ave Bross, Queen’s

“My number one tip is to network and meet as many people as possible. Go on as many coffee chats with as many different lawyers as you can. Going for coffee with a lawyer is the best way to learn about the summer student experience and gain insight into the culture of the firm. If you cannot make a coffee chat then try to set up a phone conversation. The connections that are established through a coffee chat are invaluable when going through the recruiting process.”

Tristan Davis, Osgoode

“I spent the majority of last summer abroad in Thailand, so I did not have the opportunity to participate in traditional coffee chats. However, I knew they were an important aspect of the recruiting process, so I had to improvise. First, I decided to reach out to those people I knew at firms that I was interested in, I focused primarily on upper-years at my school who had spent summers at the firm before, or were spending summers at the firm at that time. If there were no individuals that I knew, I would reach out to people who I shared something in common with (sports, undergrad program, hobbies, hometown etc.). Finding something in common with someone is a great way to start the conversation, if all else fails, find someone who has done something interesting that you want to learn more about.

I think it is important to remember that all these students can get busy at times, so if they do not reply immediately, give it some time. Also, make sure if you are reaching out, that it does not sound generic, you increase your chances of someone replying with a tailored email. On that note, try not to reach out to too many people, it is more important to have quality conversations rather than trying to meet every person at a firm.

During these chats, I think it is important to have topics of discussion prepared before the meeting. It will help keep the conversation going and allow you to get all the information you need during the chat. If you are meeting with someone that you do not know very well (or at all), try to relax and be yourself. We have all been in your shoes before so we know exactly how you are feeling.”

Emma Zaltz, U of T

“My best tip to law students is to take advantage of past and current summer students! They will be happy to speak to you and share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Find out why they chose Cassels, what they’ve come to love about the firm, and what they’re looking forward to in the future. Hopefully, you’ll start to see if Cassels is the kind of law firm you will thrive at. Don’t be afraid to ask candid questions that you’re genuinely curious about! We’re not lawyers (yet) so you’re still speaking student to student. There’s nothing we haven’t already heard, and an honest dialogue is what makes it exciting for us.”

As you can tell, there is not set format on how to reach out or follow up, or a set list of what to talk about. Just be considerate, be curious, and be yourself! Lastly, don’t hesitate to reach out to our summer class at Cassels – we’re all happy to help!

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Pride and Remembrance Run 2017

Last weekend, our Cassels Brock team participated in the Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual five-kilometre fundraising run/walk in support of LGBTQ+ charities in the GTA. These charities include Fife House, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and Casey House.

We gathered at the 519 Church Street Community Centre at 9:15 am, and began the run/walk at 10:00 am.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was lively, and our team went for a delicious brunch on a patio afterwards. Overall, it was a great event. Happy Pride 2017!

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Fashion Files: June 29th 2017

Hi everyone! We apologize for the late post…it has been a very busy week here at the firm. Welcome to this week’s Fashion Files featuring Cassel’s very own fashionistas: Emma Zaltz and Jon Shepherd. Take a look at this very exclusive photo shoot, which took place on Floor 22…where the magic happens!

Emma Zaltz

Dress-Kate Spade

1. Who is your style inspiration?

70’s Jane Birkin, 80’s Bowie, 90’s Diddy.

2. What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

Subtle jewellery, a positive attitude and a sense of humour.

3. What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for Interviews?

Try to pick something you won’t sweat through.  

4. What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing

My mother’s closet and ssense.

 


Jon Shepherd

Suit- Coppley (Made to Measure); Shirt- Trumaker (Made to Measure); Belt- Sydney’s; Shoes- Allen Edmond; Glasses- Moscot Miltzen; Socks-Uniqlo

 1. Who is your style inspiration?

Thom Browne

2. What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

Glasses, mostly to see.

3. What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for Interviews?

I have a theory that recruiters look at what shoes you’re wearing. Wear nice shoes.

4. What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

Sydney’s on Queen St. West.

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Chopped!: Cassels Brock Edition

Last week the summer students and the student committee got together for some delicious and fun-filled challenges at the Edible Story Toronto. The engaging event consisted of two challenges similar to the hit-TV show “Chopped”. In each challenge, the hosts would reveal  mystery ingredients and the two teams (mixed of committee members and students) would have 20 minutes to transform the ingredients into a meal. In both the appetizer and the dessert round, there were some impressive transformations.

Appetizer Round: fennel, king oyster mushrooms, brie, and chickpeas.

      

Top photo on left: A roasted chick pea stir fry with the fennel and mushrooms. The team then roasted the brie and topped it with some garnish and toasted bread to dip. (Chopped!)

Top photo on right: Handmade hummus spread over toast, melted brie on top, and a mushroom and fennel stir fry with roasted chickpeas to top it off. The dish was served with a side of pickled tomatoes.

Dessert Round: lady fingers, butterscotch chips, dulce de leche.

   

Top photo: deep-fried and pan-fried rhubarb with melted butterscotch chocolate chips, topped with a hand-made caramel sauce, whipped marshmellows, and dashes of cinnamon.

Middle photo: lady fingers topped with a hand-made vanilla and sugar cream, garnished with pomegranate; alternatively garnished with a caramel sauce and butterscotch. (Chopped!)

Overall, all the teams and the student committee judges had a blast participating in this summer event. We got to bond as a group and work as teams under the ticking clock. Plus, we got to eat all the food our team made alongside more delicious appetizers the host cooks at The Edible Story made for us on-site. Summerlicious!

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Fashion Files: June 19th, 2017

Hey Fashion File Fans! We hope you enjoyed last week’s post. How does one look fashionable and professional while staying within a reasonable budget? This week, we introduce to you Any Obando and Paras Patel, who can teach you a little about looking stylish and saving!

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Any Obando

Blazer-Club Monaco; Pants- Reitmans; Shirt- Wilfred; Shoes- Aldo

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Gina Torres (Jessica from Suits).

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

I will always have a pair of comfortable business flats in my office—just in case!

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

The colour is less important than the fit. Make sure that your suit fits you well and comfortably because you will be running in it all day. That being said, don’t go crazy on the colours…keep it simple and clean.

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

When I want to splurge: Club Monaco; Fun and on a budget: Reitmans.

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Paras Patel

Suit-Custom; Dress Shirt-Calvin Klein; Tie-Perry Ellis; Belt– Joseph Aboud; Shoes– Left & Right; Socks-Cassels Brock Signature Socks

1) Who is your style inspiration?

Kojo Hayward.

2) What is your “go-to” signature item that you need to wear to work?

Flashy Socks.

3) What advice can you give to students about choosing the right outfit for interviews?

Don’t get too flashy! I’d focus on simple, professional, and comfortable.

4) What is your favourite store to shop at for business clothing?

Winners and Moores. All about the savings.

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