Miller Thomson’s Edmonton office hires 2-3 students in their first year of law school for our summer program.
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, and students handle a variety of assignments. Our students are always welcome to join our lawyers and observe proceedings. Since we do not have a formal work allocation system, our students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial and seek work and experiences of interest to them. In this way, our program provides students with a greater insight into Miller Thomson and the practice of law.
On the litigation side, our students may be involved with the following: the preparation of trials; junior at trials; appear as counsel at trials in Provincial Court (including Small Claims); appear as counsel in Chambers; 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 solicitors’ 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 an associate mentor who helps the student integrate into the firm environment and provides invaluable guidance and support. Students are matched based on their individual characteristic preferences. The Assistant Director of Talent Management and members of the Student Committee are also available to support the students throughout the summer.
We encourage our students to participate in all aspects of firm life, including social, charitable and community activities, client events and student-specific teambuilding activities.
Our students will receive a mid-summer and end of summer review. In addition, we provide informal feedback throughout the summer in order to provide timely and constructive advice and suggestions for improved performance.
Students receive an office-specific orientation and participate in the national summer student orientation program. This program provides training sessions over a three-week period on firm organization, practice management tips, communication, legal writing and research and substantive overviews of our practice areas. Throughout the summer, the students continue their professional development by attending firm-wide and practice-specific continuing legal education seminars presented both locally and nationally. One-on-one coaching is also made available to the students upon request.