Bélanger Sauvé’s team offers a rewarding and formative articling experience. You will be mentored by renowned lawyers and actively participate in major files in a modern, human-centric workplace where you can reach your full potential.

Are you active, perceptive, quick-witted? Would you like to be a part of our firm’s growth? Then welcome to the family!

Our training commitment to you

We believe the training you receive during articling is key to your professional and academic growth. That is why we offer a hands-on articling experience that will serve you throughout your career.

During your articling, you will be asked to participate in client meetings, conduct research in various areas of law and help draft legal opinions, pleadings and agreements. You will also be called upon to regularly appear before the courts and attend depositions and trials. This will be a real opportunity for you to touch on a wide range of issues and familiarize yourself with the different areas we practise in, namely civil litigation and administrative, municipal, insurance, labour, commercial and real estate law.

Guided by our articling partner, you will have the opportunity to develop your legal skills and familiarize yourself with a wide range of fields by working with lawyers and partners in our various areas of practice.

Everyone at Bélanger Sauvé is committed to your success and will be there to guide, advise and help you make the most of your learning experience with us.

Your articling environment

Our offices offer a modern, friendly and collaborative work environment.

In addition to computer tools essential for practising law, Bélanger Sauvé has a large library with unique reference works.

Curious and want to know more?

See what other students really thought of their articling experience with us by reading their testimonials here.

If you are considering applying for an articling position with us but still have some questions, you will likely find the answers here.

Your application

If you’re ready to take on this challenge, submit your application by sending us your resumé, a cover letter and your most recent transcript via VI-RECRUIT or our website.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview by the recruitment committee. Bélanger Sauvé is committed to employment equity.


How long has Bélanger Sauvé existed?
Our firm was established in 1967. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2017, as did Expo 67 and La Ronde!
Where are Bélanger Sauvé’s offices located?
We have offices in Montréal, Joliette and Trois-Rivières. The Montréal office is located inside Place Ville Marie in the downtown core, while our Joliette and Trois-Rivières offices are located in the heart of the historic neighbourhoods of their respective cities.
How many lawyers are on the team?
Our team has more than 50 lawyers, including several partners.
Does everyone at the office know each other, or do they work in silos or in their respective departments?
Due to our size and the corporate culture instilled by the founders, a collegial atmosphere reigns in our offices. Everyone at Bélanger Sauvé knows each other and works side by side, thanks in particular to the social and sporting events we organize. This creates a real climate of mutual support and fosters teamwork. Bélanger Sauvé also has a telework policy to ensure that team spirit is maintained while allowing members to enjoy the benefits of working from home.
What does a typical work day at Bélanger Sauvé look like?
Our offices start filling up as early as 8 am, and you can usually get back to your personal and family life as early as 5 pm.
When does the recruitment take place?
Like other major firms in Montréal, Bélanger Sauvé is a signatory to the Course aux stages, the official recruitment agreement for articling positions in Québec. As such, we do not recruit first-year students for the Montréal office or for summer jobs. The Joliette and Trois-Rivières offices are not subject to this agreement and thus may recruit students according to their specific needs.
How many students are recruited each year?
As part of the Course aux stages, the Montréal office recruits three students for each semester, or six students in total annually. There are two articling periods in the Montréal office, from June to December or from January to June. The Joliette and Trois-Rivières offices recruit students based on their particular needs.
Does the firm offer summer jobs?
The firm does not have a systematic summer hiring policy. It assesses its needs annually based on the current workload. When students are hired for summer jobs, the duration of the hiring may vary. Although not mandatory, summer employment allows future articling students to become familiar with the firm’s operations.
Where can I meet with a lawyer from Bélanger Sauvé to discuss articling conditions?
We are always present at various editions of interfaculty career days to meet students from Université Laval, McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université d’Ottawa’s civil law section, UQAM and the Université de Sherbrooke.
Does Bélanger Sauvé have a favorite university?
The firm has no preference in this regard! As proof, our lawyers come from the various universities that signed the Course aux stages and many are themselves former articling students.
What are the elements assessed during the recruitment process?
First impressions are often decisive in a professional relationship, so we pay close attention to the quality of French and the content of the cover letters. Academic results are then scrutinized with interest, although they are not crucial to obtaining a first interview. These selection criteria are then supplemented by past or current work experiences, extracurricular activities, life experiences, hobbies and personal interests. That is how we select the students who will be invited to come for an interview. The choice is often difficult, but the interview is then the decisive factor in recruitment.
What is the firm’s recruitment process for the Course aux stages?
At Bélanger Sauvé, recruitment takes place in two stages. First, the initial interview, then the cocktail de la relève. The initial interview, which lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, is conducted in the presence of two lawyers or partners from the firm. Then, a dozen candidates selected at the end of the interview process are invited to the cocktail de la relève, which will allow them to meet the largest number of members of the firm, to visit the offices and to appreciate the atmosphere. The articling offers are then presented at a time determined as part of the Course aux stages.
How many interviews are conducted at Bélanger Sauvé?
We do an average of 30 interviews during the first recruitment phase.
Is bilingualism a prerequisite for obtaining an internship with Bélanger Sauvé?
Given the large number of files that must be processed in English, if only in part, bilingualism is a real asset both for obtaining an articling position and for a job as a lawyer.
Is there an “employment contract” issued that formalizes the hiring of an articling student?
As an articling recruited, you will receive a hiring letter specifying the employment duration and the conditions of remuneration.
What happens if I have signed my hiring letter, but I fail the bar exams?
We will try to accommodate a student who fails the bar exam, but there are no guarantees.
How is work assigned to trainees?
Articling students receive mandates directly from lawyers and associates from the various practice areas. The articling experience is maximized by allowing students to handle several areas of law simultaneously and thus determine their preferences and future practice choices.
Does articling usually lead to a lawyer position within the firm?
The firm certainly prioritizes the hiring of its articling students based on the capabilities demonstrated during their internships, but also on its current needs and mandates. In this section, several articling students recount being hiring at the end of their experience with us.