The Toronto office offers two student programs: the summer student program and the articling student program.
Our summer student program runs from the beginning of May to mid-August. Our summer program begins with upfront intensive training that provides students with the key skills required to transition from being a law student to working at a law firm. Over the summer, students will work in one of two broad areas: business law or advocacy and litigation.We believe this provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in an area and obtain a realistic view of the practice while still accessing a wide variety of diverse work through the vast sub-specialties in each area.
Students obtain work directly from lawyers and are encouraged to seek out work in their areas of interest. Student work is overseen by workflow coordinators who ensure each student receives challenging and diverse work. Each student is assigned a mentor who assists the student to integrate into the firm and obtain meaningful professional opportunities. Our students also have an active social calendar, as one of the main objectives of the summer program is to integrate the students into the fabric of the firm.
Our articling student program begins in August and runs for a ten month period pursuant to the requirements of the Law Society of Upper Canada. We see our articling program as a natural extension of our summer program. The number of summer students we hire therefore correlates with the number of articling students we would like to have, as well as with our projected future associate requirements. We anticipate that most, if not all, of our summer students will return to article with us.
Our articling students will rotate through the following broad practice areas: business law, financial services and advocacy and litigation, as we believe this assists students in identifying their long-term practice interests. As with the summer program, students have planned social events throughout the year.
Our Toronto summer students may apply for suitable split-summer opportunities with government or public interest organizations. Our Toronto articling students may also apply for certain secondment opportunities. Recent examples include secondments with the Royal Bank of Canada's Legal Department, and with the Ontario Securities Commission's Enforcement and Corporate Finance Branches and Mergers and Acquisitions team.
With respect to the summer program, we focus on recruiting students in their second year of law school for positions the following summer. We do not currently hire first year summer students. We recruit in accordance with the Law Society of Upper Canada procedures which can be found here: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/licensingprocess.aspx?id=2147500218.
With respect to the articling program, we see it as a natural extension of our summer program. The number of summer students we hire therefore correlates with the number of articling students we would like to have, as well as with our projected future associate requirements. We anticipate that most, if not all, of our summer students will return to article with us. Students are welcome to inquire whether we will be participating in an external articling recruitment. If we will be hiring externally, we will interview candidates in accordance with the timing requirements set by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Students interested in summer positions should submit applications through the viRecruit Applicant Portal (found here www.vilawportal.com) by the deadline set by the Law Society of Upper Canada. In some cases, your school's Career Development Office will collect application packages and courier them to firms in advance of the application deadline. We recommend that students confirm their school's internal practice and deadlines during the summer.
An application package should consist of a cover letter, resume, copies of official law school and post-secondary transcripts, and 2nd and 3rd year course lists. Letters of reference are not required. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.
Applications should be addressed to:
181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Attention:Judith Atwood, Director, Professional Resources
Please note that we do not anticipate recruiting externally for 2017/2018 articling positions.
We endeavor to promptly reply to inquiries about our firm and our student programs during the application and interview period. We also appreciate receiving communications of a more general nature (such as thank-you messages); however, due to the volume of messages we receive during this period, we may not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond, as we give priority to answering specific questions raised by students. In all of our communications, we are mindful of the Law Society rules.
McMillan is committed to providing support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process or in order to successfully submit an application, please email us or contact us at 1.888.622.4624 and ask to be transferred to the National Director, Human Resources to submit your accommodation request.
McMillan is committed to equal opportunity without discrimination.
Director, Professional Resources
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada