Summer Student Program

We guarantee articles at our firm for all of our summer students and as such are highly selective in the students we consider.

We seek to fill at least four summer student positions each year.
These positions are available for second year law students.

Our summer students are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $50,000 ($4,167 per month)
On completion of their summer articles, students who commit to returning to the firm for their articling year are provided with a $5,000 contribution toward their third year tuition and receive a $500 book allowance.

Our summer students work an average of 50 hours per week.
Our summer students are not placed in a rotational program like our articling students because in our opinion the summer period is too short a time frame to make rotations a meaningful experience. Instead, our Director of Student and Associate Programs works directly with each of our summer students to set and achieve specific personal goals over the 3.5 month period. Those goals may include working in a specific area of interest, or working with certain lawyers.

The type of work summer students do is the same as our articled students.
We strive to give our students meaningful legal work that develops their skills and knowledge and furthers their education. Types of work may include:

  • Research;
  • Drafting pleadings, agreements and other documents;
  • Attending chambers, trials, hearings, examinations for discovery and meetings;
  • Interviewing witnesses;
  • Reviewing documents; and
  • Preparing seminar papers and other presentations on various legal issues.

Our firm has made fostering legal talent a priority.
Our Director of Associate and Student Programs is a Partner of the firm who devotes all of her time to supporting and developing our junior legal talent. Students are assigned a senior and junior mentor. They are also provided with their own offices, legal secretarial and word processing support, and office services support.

To understand more about a typical day in the life of an articling student, see stage 6 of our “Student Life” series.