Our summer program is designed to introduce students to the practice of law and to the firm's variety of practice areas.
Our summer students have the opportunity to work with Canada's leading lawyers in business law, tax, litigation, real property and planning, and labour and employment law.
Our summer program begins with orientation and training to introduce our students to the firm, research and writing techniques and to provide our students with tips and strategies to help them maximize their summer experience at the firm. As part of the summer student orientation training, students receive a 2 day exercise based research training workshop from members of the Firm’s Research Group.
Additionally, we offer extensive legal education and professional development programs covering topics such as “The Student’s Role in Closings”, “The Student’s Role in the Litigation Process” and “The Student’s Role in Due Diligence”. Our lawyers are frequently invited to speak to the students about their area of practice or topical cases or transactions.
Summer students are given a broad range of responsibilities, including attending meetings, hearings and other litigation processes, researching and drafting legal memos, preparing research support to our trial teams, preparing draft advocacy and transactional documents, due diligence and work relating to the closing of transactions, participating in the drafting of conference materials, articles for publication, and case summaries. It is important that our students have a well-rounded experience.
As a strong supporter of pro bono initiatives and as the sole firm sponsor of Pro Bono Students Canada, our lawyers provide pro bono services to the community in areas as diverse as civil liberties, human rights, financial, business, labour and employment law. We also think it is important to involve our students on pro bono matters through a variety of different pro bono projects. To offer our students the opportunity to work on student directed pro bono initiatives, the Firm offers through its Pro Bono Committee a wealth of opportunities for students to get involved and make a meaningful contribution. Under the supervision of our lawyers, our students get hands-on experience working with clients and solving real world problems with all of the benefits of the Firm's resources and experience.
In Calgary, we don't have a formal rotation program for summer students, this provides students with exposure to the areas of law that are of most interest to them. We believe that you should have direct contact with lawyers at all levels of the firm, so lawyers allocate work directly to students. Summer students are assigned two mentors from different practice areas. Our mentors also collaborate with the Director, Professional Resources to ensure that students receive ongoing performance feedback. Members of our Student Program team monitor the flow of work to each student.
We encourage independence and initiative in our students. Your mentors will offer professional guidance throughout the summer and be responsible for ensuring that you receive interesting and stimulating work.