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 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.”
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