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 2021 Summer Student
Aleshia Johnson, Toronto
Aleshia is currently pursuing a law degree at Osgoode Hall.
Prior to law school, Aleshia worked first as a court reporter and then as a legal assistant in corporate and family law practices. Aleshia volunteers as an advisor to an international humanitarian organization which focuses on community development in nations affected by ethnic and religious conflict.
During law school, Aleshia is an active member of her local communities and regularly appears as a panelist at virtual workshops where she provides commentary on the intersection of race and justice.
Aleshia received her undergrad from Tyndale University in Philosophy.
In her free time, Aleshia enjoys hobby photography and loves any opportunity to take pictures. She enjoys travel photography, portraits and recently experimented in wedding photography.
- Carter Bezugly (1L, Saskatoon)
- Jared Knott (1L, Calgary)
- Derek Odgers (1L, Vancouver)
- Julia Thielmann (2L, Vancouver)
- Jeremie Lachance (1L, Toronto)
- Shawnee Monchalin (1L, Vancouver)
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, and I am looking forward to returning as a summer student again in 2021.”
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.”
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 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 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 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
Please note, this position is currently filled.
2021 1L Indigenous Summer Law Student applications for our Toronto office will be accepted through the viDesktop portal, which will open on March 5 and close on March 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.
When applying, first year law school applicants can submit their cover letter, resume, together with transcripts of undergraduate and law school marks (photocopies accepted). 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.
Miller Thomson will provide accommodations on request throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process for applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please inform our Talent Management department of the nature of accommodations that you may require, to ensure your equal participation.
Applicants may address materials and related questions to:
Coordinator, Student and Associate Programs
Miller Thomson LLP
40 King Street West, Suite 5800
Toronto, ON M5H 3S1
Applications will not be accepted by e-mail, please apply through the viDesktop portal.
2021 1L Indigenous Summer Law Student Recruitment Dates:
- Application Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST
- Interview Day: Monday, March 22, 2021
- All applicants who are shortlisted for an interview will participate by video conference.