Programs

Our reputation is exceptional. So is our training.

Our practical programs will help you gain invaluable experience to build your career. Our summer program is designed to introduce students to the practice of law and to the firm’s variety of practice areas. Meanwhile our articling program provides a comprehensive introduction to the firm and will build on the skills you have learned, to ensure a well-rounded articling experience.

Summer Program

The summer student experience is a formative stage in your legal career. We recognize the importance of this foundational experience and, as a result, we invest heavily in nurturing our student talent to ensure each student develops and grows to their potential. Through thoughtful mentoring, transparent feedback, high quality work assignments, meaningful pro bono and charitable opportunities as well as social and community building events, we support each student as they explore and discover their areas of interest and make strong team relationships with their peers and our lawyers.

Read More about our 2L Program

As part of our talent strategy to attract, retain and advance exceptional lawyers and students from equity seeking groups, we are pleased to announce our participation in this year’s 1L recruit with our 2021 1L Black and Indigenous Summer Program.

Read More about our 2021 1L Black and Indigenous Summer Program

Articling Program

The articling program is designed to maximize your exposure to all aspects of the practice of law and our law firm. It will provide you with the opportunity to experience our practice first-hand by working on transactional and advocacy documents, conducting research, attending client meetings, strategy sessions, hearings and trials. You will be encouraged to work independently on some matters, all the while having support and guidance.

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Feedback and Evaluations

In Toronto, our students work closely with lawyers and feedback is shared informally on a regular basis and formally, at two times during each of the summer and articling terms. Students are encouraged to discuss any aspect of their summer experience or articles with their mentor and other lawyers in the firm, to seek constructive feedback on their professional development, and to tell us whether the firm is providing them with work and experience consistent with their expectations. Student workloads and the variety of each student's assignments are reviewed regularly by the Director of Professional Resources.

Social Activities and Community Involvement

In addition to the professional aspects of the summer and articling program, a variety of social events are planned throughout the year to round out your experience as a McCarthy Tétrault student. Regular social events are organized to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other students and lawyers on an informal basis. 

The training and practical experience of our lawyers enables them to make valuable contributions to the community. We regularly participate in conferences, as well as teach law school and continuing legal education courses. McCarthy Tétrault also sponsors academic prizes, competitive moots, business law internships, pro bono initiatives and student conferences.

Compensation and Benefits

As a student at McCarthy Tétrault, you will receive a compensation package that is competitive with other large national law firms.

Articling students will receive medical and dental benefits, two weeks' paid vacation (during the 10-month articling term). Articling and summer students also receive a Wellness benefit subsidy.