Summer Student Program

Hiring

Miller Thomson’s Toronto/Markham office hires approximately 9-10 students in their second year of law school for the summer program. Students who apply through the Toronto recruitment process will work from the Toronto office.

Student Experience

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. This approach gives students the ability to spend their time pursuing their interests in both the corporate and advocacy departments so that they can develop a true appreciation for the practise of law. Over the summer, our students handle a variety of assignments, including research, drafting documents and assisting with litigation and corporate transactions.

Our students are always welcome to join our lawyers and observe proceedings. Since we do not have a formal work allocation system, students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to seek work and experiences of interest to them. In this way, our programme provides students with a greater insight into Miller Thomson and the practise of law.

Mentoring

Each summer student is paired with a mentor, usually an associate, who will help the student acclimate to the firm environment and is someone the student can turn to with questions. Members of the Student Committee, as well as the Professional Development Department, are also on-hand to help students through their summer.

Feedback

To ensure our students are progressing, we provide two formal evaluations over the summer. We also encourage our students to take ownership of their work, and seek feedback from the lawyers they are working with on a continuing basis.

Professional Development

In addition to the various assignments students will be engaged in, our office offers training in substantive law and practical skills-based training. Some highlights of our student continuing legal education programming include seminars on Small Claims proceedings, drafting pleadings, legal research, legal writing, motions, corporate services, litigation 101, professionalism, practice management and public speaking, to name a few. Our students are also encouraged to attend all firm-wide in-house continuing legal education seminars.

Social & Charitable Events

All work and no play isn’t much fun, so we encourage students to participate in all aspects of firm life. In the past, we have arranged social and charitable activities including: Habitat for Humanity builds; a scavenger hunt around the city; a summer barbecue; Big Bike Ride for Heart and Stroke; and a farewell/welcome event for our summer and articling students. We also have “Call to the Bar” — a regular get-together with all the professionals.