The Faculty of Law's Career Development Office (CDO) is dedicated to assisting students as they prepare for the challenge of securing legal and law-related positions.

The CDO's Director of Career Development Programs has a mandate which includes career counselling and advising students with specialized career aspirations such as environmental law. The Director conducts outreach to a broad range of legal employers, particularly those in public sector/public interest law settings.

The CDO makes available a variety of guides and handouts to assist students finding work placements in summer and after graduation. The following are relevant to environmental law:

  • Career Guide to Legal Clinics and Advocacy Organizations
  • Guide to Public Interest Careers 
  • International Career Guide

The CDO also provides a range of Career & Information Fairs including an annual Career Fair and Public Interest Day which includes employers who practice environmental law.

Possible environmental law career paths/opportunities include:


  • Ontario Ministry of Attorney General
  • Ontario Ministry of Environmental
  • Environment Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)

  • Canadian Environmental Law Association
  • Sierra Legal Defence Fund
  • Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Defence

In House

  • Hydro One
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc. (11-25)
  • Shell Lawyers (2-10)

Boutique Law Firms

  • Brirchall Northey
  • Klippensteins, Barristers and Solicitors
  • Kramer Henderson
  • Polten & Hodder
  • Saxe Law Office
  • Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Large/Medium Law Firms with Environmental Law practice areas
(number of lawyers at Toronto office in brackets)

  • Aird & Berlis (101-250)
  • Beard Winter LLP (26-50)
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP (251-500)
  • Blaney, Mcmurty LLP (51-100)
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (101-250)
  • Davis & Company  (26-50)
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain (101-250)
  • Goodmans (101-250)
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson (101-250)
  • Hughes, Amys (26-50)
  • Macleod Dixon (26-50)
  • Miller Thomson LLP (251-500)
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (251-500)
  • Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP (11-25)
  • Rogers, Moore (11-25)
  • Thomson, Rogers (11-25)
  • WeirFoulds (51-100)