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 approximately 12-14 weeks, starting in May. The program offers one paid position, in one of our offices. Applicants must be an Indigenous student in their first 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 2022 Summer Student
Trevor McGowan is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Calgary.
Trevor is Métis and is dedicated to supporting his community. Trevor gained valuable experience working at a Saskatchewan-based educational, employment and cultural institute where he was directly involved with facilitating access to funding, education, and employment opportunities for Métis people.
Prior to law school, Trevor obtained a Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan and worked as a substitute teacher in Saskatoon.
In his spare time, Trevor enjoys playing basketball, going on outdoor adventures, producing electronic music at home, and learning about the latest trends in movies, music, and technology.
Summer 2021 (Toronto)
- Aleshia Johnson (Osgoode Hall)
Summer 2020 (Saskatoon)
- Carter Bezugly (University of Saskatoon)
Summer 2019 (Calgary)
- Jared Knott (University of British Columbia)
Summer 2018 (Vancouver)
- Derek Odgers (University of British Columbia)
- Julia Thielmann (University of British Columbia)
Summer 2017 (Toronto and Vancouver)
- Jeremie Lachance (University of Toronto)
- Shawnee Monchalin (University of British Columbia)
Carter Bezugly, Saskatoon
“I greatly enjoyed my summer student position with Miller Thomson. I learned so much about various applications of the law, in a number of practice areas. It was a rewarding experience to work so closely with the lawyers. I was able to contribute to many exciting projects throughout my work term, leaving me with a great sense of fulfillment.
The mentorship and guidance that I received from associates, partners, students, and staff made the work environment extremely welcoming. They provided me with all the tools I needed and genuinely wanted me to succeed. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the amazing team in the Saskatoon office.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
The successful candidates will take part in our National Summer Student Orientation program, alongside our other summer students in each of our 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 an associate mentor who can assist with adjusting to life within a law firm environment. Depending on local Law Society requirements, summer students may also be assigned to a more senior lawyer who will serve as their principal.
Our students will receive a formal summer review. In addition, we provide informal advise throughout the summer in order to provide timely information based on positive and constructive feedback, including ways to focus on personal strengths and improving your skillset.
The Indigenous law students will be paid the same salary as the other summer students in their office. 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
Thank you for your interest, our 2022 1L Indigenous Summer Law Student position has been filled.
Please check back in February 2023 for details about our 2023 1L Indigenous Summer Law Student recruit.