Our Vancouver office offers two types of student programs: the summer student program and the articling student program. Both programs are subject to the rules and requirements of the Law Society of British Columbia.
summer student program
Our summer student program runs from the beginning of May to mid-August. It begins with a week of orientation and training sessions together with in-house seminars and also includes social events.
The summer program provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas and to work directly with partners and associates on client matters. We do not offer a formal rotation program and students may be assigned work from all practice areas. If students have a specific area of interest, we make every effort for them to work in that area of law.
We anticipate that most, if not all, of our summer students will return to article with us.
articling student program
The articling student program runs for twelve months and includes the ten week Professional Legal Training Course held off-site. The program is divided into a solicitor's rotation and a litigation rotation. Students work directly with partners and associates on client matters and are encouraged to seek work from lawyers who practice in areas of interest to the student. Students are considered important and valued members of the team and are given responsibility backed up with guidance. They are also provided with support by their principals, who will meet with them on a regular basis.
Articling students are offered a range of training, in-house seminars and CLE courses throughout their articles. Evaluations are conducted as part of articles. Social events are organized for our students throughout the year.
hiring practice and process
We follow the Vancouver Bar Association's guidelines with respect to recruitment for both articling and summer articling students (see www.vancouverbar.ca).
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. Students are welcome to inquire whether we will be participating in an external recruitment process in a particular year; however we anticipate that most, if not all, of our summer students will return to article with us. Please note that we are not presently accepting applications for 2017/2018 articling positions. For temporary (summer) articles, we recruit students at the beginning of their second year of law school. We do not currently hire first year students.Students should contact their law school's Career Development Office (CDO) regarding the application process. Students should submit applications through the viRecruit Applicant Portal, found here: www.vilawportal.com.The VBA deadline for applications for Summer 2017 positions is September 7, 2016, however if you wish to be considered for on-campus interviews you must apply by the deadline set by your law school. An application package should consist of a cover letter, resume, copies of official law school and post-secondary transcripts, and second and third year course lists. We would also appreciate receiving law school GPA. Letters of reference are accepted but not required. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by e-mail. Applications should be addressed to: McMillan LLP Royal Centre 1055 West Georgia Street Suite 1500, P.O. Box 11117 Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4N7 Attention: Ilana Schrager, Manager, Professional Growth and ManagementWe 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.
Ilana SchragerManager, Professional Growth and ManagementTel: 604.484.1132Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMcMillan LLPRoyal Centre1055 West Georgia StreetSuite 1500, P.O. Box 11117Vancouver, B.C.V6E 4N7