Career and Professional Development Office

Who are we?

Robyn Marttila, Director
E., T. 519.661.2071

Natalie Samuel, Recruitment Coordinator
E., T. 519.661.2111 Ext 88809

Office: Room 222, Faculty of Law (just down the hall from the main admin area)

What do we do?

  • Individual career counselling (career planning, resume/cover advice and feedback, interview coaching, job search strategy)
  • Manage a database of online postings for law jobs
  • Coordinate career-related workshops and events, professional development programs and networking opportunities including Western Law’s Career Conference and OCI programs
  • Provide print and on-line career-related resources and recruitment information

Please feel free to contact us via telephone or email, schedule an appointment (via WERC- Western Events, Recruitment & Career resource centre) or take advantage of our weekly drop-in hours.

We use two main career platforms:


InterviewStream –

A Brief Word about Formal Recruitment for 1L Law Jobs:

There are only a few markets (Toronto, Calgary, London and Ottawa (IP) [for students with a hard science background]) that have coordinated recruitment drives for 1L summer law students and the number of employers and positions is very small. All of the 1L recruitment takes place in the Jan/winter term – with the exception of Ottawa that hires IP students in the fall.

CPDOs Tips for Success:

As you begin your time at Western Law we encourage you to:

  • Focus on your studies (strong grades will open doors);
  • Attend CPDO events and use the resources available to you; and,
  • Take opportunities to get involved and develop transferable skills, by joining/participating in advocacy competitions, legal clinics, SLS leadership/clubs/committees, international internships/exchanges, bar associations and law-related affinity groups, sports/intramurals and/or organizations in the broader Western and local community.

Welcome to Western Law. We look forward to assisting you with your career planning needs!