Summer Student Program

Hiring

Miller Thomson’s Toronto/Vaughan office hires approximately 10-12 students in their second year of law school for the summer program. Students who apply through the Toronto recruitment process should indicate if they are applying for the Vaughan office.

Student Experience

Over the summer, our students are given the opportunity to work on a variety of corporate and advocacy assignments, including research and drafting, due diligence, commissioning oaths, assisting with litigation matters, document review and preparation, as well as assisting with a variety of transactions.  Our non-rotational Summer Program allows students the flexibility to pursue their interests in any of the five major practice areas (corporate, litigation, real estate, administrative specialties and tax).

Students are encouraged to seek out the work and experiences that will give them the most insight into the practice of law at Miller Thomson.

Mentoring

To help students get the most from their summer experience, each student is paired with a mentor to help them navigate Firm life.  Our mentors are a significant point of contact for students and help answer questions and provide feedback and support.  Our Talent team remains on-hand throughout the summer to assist students with their professional development and to access the Firm’s many resources.

Feedback

One of the primary goals of the Summer Program is to enable students to develop the skills necessary to become successful lawyers.  Each student will receive a formal evaluation of their progress during the summer. Students are encouraged to seek feedback from the lawyers they are working with on an ongoing basis.

Professional Development

In addition to a variety of assignments that students will be engaged in with our lawyers, Miller Thomson provides practical and substantive skills-based training. Some highlights of our student continuing legal education programming include seminars on a variety of advocacy and corporate topics, including, due diligence for transactions, incorporation and minute book reviews, legal research and writing, Small Claims proceedings, drafting pleadings, preparing and attending motions, 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 actively participate in a variety of charitable and social events during the summer, including: Big Bike Ride for Heart and Stroke; United Way campaign; Bay Street summer volleyball tournament; student and mentor team-building events; as well as other informal and formal get-togethers with other firm members.  Past activities have included a city scavenger hunt, axe-throwing, baseball game, ping-pong tournament, a welcome barbecue, and our summer social.