Miller Thomson is a firm dedicated to fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the communities in which we operate. We are proud to lead the way with our committal to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada‘s call to action to advance the reconciliation process.
Our 1L Indigenous Summer Student Program is the first of its kind in the country, providing:
- work experience at a leading national law firm;
- exposure to a variety of practice areas; and
- the opportunity to expand professional networks.
The program runs a duration of 12-16 weeks, from May to July/August, with two paid positions available: one each in our Vancouver and Edmonton offices. Applicants must be an Indigenous student in their first year of study at a Canadian law school and able to demonstrate strong ties to their Indigenous community.
All qualified applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in the interview process. The 1L Indigenous summer students will be considered for 2L summer student positions in advance of the OCI process, based on performance evaluations.
Meet our 2017 1L Summer Students
Shawnee Monchalin, Vancouver
“As a first year law student, Miller Thomson provided me with a background of vast practice areas such as Aboriginal law, real estate, securities, economic development, and commercial litigation. As a member of a national firm, there are so many resources available to you in order to learn and grow as a student and a professional and I am grateful to have an opportunity to explore them all.
My favourite part about the Vancouver office has been the people I get to work with everyday. The mentorship from the partners, associates, students and staff is truly invaluable. Their support has really pushed me to further my legal career in more ways than I expected of myself. I have accepted a summer position in the 2018 year solely because of the great experiences I have had this summer.”
Jeremie Lachance, Toronto
“I learned so much while summering at Miller Thomson. From Sports Law, to Labour Law, to Corporate Law, I had a broad first year summer experience that let me explore various practice groups. Students were encouraged to approach other lawyers about work that interests them. Certainly, this supportive, inclusive, and exciting environment provided for challenging and interesting work.
I was given all the resources and opportunities to fully immerse into the firm, and be a substantial part of the great work done here every day. The mentorship program was invaluable to building strong relationships, and to assist in my transition to a legal workplace. I could also attend regular training sessions with the various practice areas to get broad exposure to different types of work.
Overall, I was impressed with how much I learned over the course of the summer. I look forward to my next summer here, and continuing to build on these positive experiences.”
1L summer students take part in our National Summer Student Orientation program, alongside the 2L summer students in each of our 12 offices across the country. Summer students will also be invited to attend regional training sessions throughout their term.
1L summer students will have multiple resources for mentorship and guidance to support their progress throughout the summer.
They will be paired with a junior associate mentor who can assist with acclimating to life within a law firm environment. When possible, we will match them with an Indigenous associate lawyer. Summer students will be assigned a more senior lawyer who will serve as their principal and be an additional mentorship resource. The Talent Management team will also provide feedback, training and support.
1L summer students will receive an informal evaluation at approximately the 6-week mark and a formal evaluation at the end of their summer experience.
1L summer students will be paid the same salary as the 2L summer students in the office they are hired in, commensurate with respective markets. If the 1L summer student does not already live in the city where they will be working, they will be provided with an additional stipend to off-set travel and living expenses.
How to apply
2018 1L Indigenous summer student positions will open for application in February 2018. Further details will be posted on this page in the coming months.
For more information about the program, please contact:
Assistant Director, Talent Management