Miller Thomson’s Calgary office intends on hiring one to two summer students in their first year of law school for our summer program. Students in a joint degree programme will be considered 1L if they have not yet completed the first-year law school portion of their program as of the date they submit their application for a summer position.
Our summer program allows students to experience the working environment at our firm before starting their articling year. There is no formal rotation over the summer. Our student handles a variety of assignments, ranging from assisting with trials to assisting with various corporate transactions. Our student is always welcome to join our lawyers and observe proceedings. Since we do not have a formal work allocation system, our student is encouraged to be entrepreneurial and seek work and experiences of interest to him or her. In this way, our program provides students with a greater insight into Miller Thomson and the practice of law.
Each summer student is paired with a mentor, usually an associate, who helps the student acclimate to the firm environment and helps answer questions. Members of the Student Committee and Professional Development Department are also on-hand to help our student through the summer.
To ensure our student is progressing, we will, upon request, provide informal evaluations over the summer. We also encourage our student to take ownership of his or her work, and seek feedback from the lawyers he or she is working with on a continuing basis.
In addition to the various assignments our student is engaged in, our office offers training in substantive law and other areas. Our student is invited and encouraged to attend all student, as well as firm-wide, in-house continuing legal education seminars. Highlights of our continuing legal education programming include small claims procedures, drafting pleadings, managing files and a substantive law series.