Miller Thomson’s Calgary office intends to hire 2 students in their first year of law school for our 2022 summer student program. For application information visit How to Apply.
Our summer students participate in a comprehensive national orientation, systems and library training program during their first week with the firm. Throughout the summer, students are invited to attend regional and national training sessions and programs offered by our Learning Department.
Our students handle a variety of assignments for all our practice groups during their summer at Miller Thomson. Students will have the opportunity to work within the areas of Administrative Law, Business, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax. Students are also encouraged to be entrepreneurial, and seek work and experiences of interest to them.
On the litigation side, our students may be involved with the following: the preparation of trials; support at trials; appear at Court (including Small Claims); attend with lawyers at examinations for discovery; meet with clients; assist lawyers on large litigation cases; and conduct research. Students are given full responsibility for Small Claims files — they learn to deal with clients directly, attend settlement conferences, negotiate settlements, interview witnesses and conduct the trials. This is done under the supervision of experienced litigators.
On the corporate side, our students may be involved with: preparing documents for buying, selling and financing business ventures; preparing wills; assisting in the probate of estates; drafting agreements and letters of intent for commercial contracts; reviewing and researching taxation issues; assisting with the preparation of construction contracts and research construction-related issues; assisting in the conveyance of real property; supporting due diligence efforts in commercial transactions; attending at closings of transactions; participating in client meetings; and conducting other general research.
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 Resources team are also on-hand to help our students through the summer.
Our students will receive a formal summer review. In addition, we provide informal positive and constructive feedback throughout the summer, including ways to focus on personal strengths and improving your skillset.
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.