Our summer program is designed to introduce you to the practice of law and to the firm's various areas of practice. As a summer student, you will have the opportunity to work with Canada's leading lawyers in business law, tax, litigation, real property law, and labour and employment law. From the first day you arrive, you will be treated as a professional and as part of our team.
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.
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.
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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. Popular past events include a night at a cooking studio, dim sum with the mentors and a summer party.
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.
As a student at McCarthy Tétrault, you will receive a compensation package that is competitive with other large national law firms.
For articling students, salary is paid during the prescribed study period for the Barrister and Solicitor Examinations. In addition to a basic salary, 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 fitness subsidy.