Miller Thomson is a national law firm dedicated to fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the communities in which we operate. Miller Thomson prides itself on the quality of services provided to clients and our ability to attract and retain top legal talent. We deliver dynamic solutions in all facets of business law and are uniquely pan-Canadian, offering legal services in more cities than any other national firm. 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 Indigenous Law Student Program is the first of its kind in the country, providing participants with:
- work experience at a leading national law firm;
- exposure to a variety of practice areas; and
- the opportunity to expand professional networks.
Students will be with the firm for 16 weeks, from May to August. The program offers two paid positions, one in each of our Vancouver and Edmonton offices. Applicants must be an Indigenous student in their first or second year of study at a Canadian law school and be able to demonstrate strong ties to their Indigenous community.
Read more: Creating Space in BigLaw for Indigenous Law Students, NALP Bulletin (December 2017)
Meet our 2018 1L Summer Students
Julia Thielmann, Vancouver
“Summering at Miller Thomson has been an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to work in a broad range of practice areas such as environmental law, real estate, employment, Aboriginal law, securities, and corporate law. Further, I had the unique opportunity to work with a First Nation community on a secondment. This experience was invaluable to my personal and professional growth. I feel fortunate to have worked on interesting and challenging projects that were important to me as a summer student.
I have learned so much with the resources and guidance provided at Miller Thomson. Along with national training, the mentorship from lawyers, students, and staff made it easy to integrate into the office and build relationships. I am grateful to be a part of the amazing work that is done here, and am thrilled to be articling at Miller Thomson next year.”
Derek Odgers, Vancouver
“Working at Miller Thomson has been an incredible learning experience. It helped me understand the applications of the law in a huge range of practice areas. I have been able to work on projects related to aboriginal law, real estate, torts, corporate law, and securities, just to name a few. The guidance and resources provided have made every assignment feel accessible and interesting. The mentorship given to me also made my transition into the work environment easy.
I have loved working with my cohort over this summer, and getting to know the other associates, partners, students and staff. The people I have been able to work with have made it all that extra bit more special. Even at this early stage in my career Miller Thomson has already given me the chance to work on projects that I have felt were important to me and my community. I am looking forward to what is to come after being given such a great opportunity this summer.”
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.”
The successful candidates will take part in our National Summer Student Orientation program, alongside our other summer students in each of our 12 offices across the country. Students will also be invited to attend regional training sessions throughout the summer.
Our Indigenous law students will have multiple resources for mentorship and guidance to support their progress and integration throughout the summer.
All summer students will be paired with a junior associate mentor who can assist with adjusting to life within a law firm environment. Summer students will also be assigned to a more senior lawyer who will serve as their principal.
The program’s 2017 Indigenous law students will be returning to the firm this summer as 2L summer students in our Toronto and Vancouver offices. Having shared the same experience last summer, they will be uniquely positioned to provide the successful candidates with guidance and support.
The students will receive an informal evaluation at approximately the 8-week mark and a formal evaluation at the end of their summer experience.
The Indigenous law students will be paid the same salary as the other summer students in each city. Miller Thomson student salaries are in line with the respective markets. If a successful candidate 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 Indigenous law student positions will open for applications through viDesktop Portal. Please note, due to technical reasons the posting will only be listed under 2L for both offices.
Please indicate in your application whether you have a preference for the Vancouver office, Edmonton office, or both. If you’re interested in both offices, you are only required to submit one application.
The Portal will open on February 5, 2018 and close on March 1, 2018.
2018 Indigenous Law Student application dates:
- Application deadline – Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5pm PST
- Interview Days:
- Vancouver office – Monday, March 5, 2018
- Edmonton office – Tuesday, March 6, 2018
For more information about the program, please contact:
Assistant Director, Talent Management