Miller Thomson’s Edmonton office intends to hire 2-3 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 an associate mentor who helps the student integrate into the firm environment and provides invaluable guidance and support. Members of the Student Recruitment Committee and the Professional Resources team 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 formal review during their summer term. In addition, we provide informal positive and constructive feedback throughout the summer, including ways to focus on personal strengths and improving your skillset.
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.