Thank you for your interest in the summer program at Dentons Edmonton.
The summer program at Dentons Edmonton is designed to give law students the exposure to real work and real clients necessary to transitioning from student to practising lawyer. In addition to the rewarding experience of working in a dynamic legal environment, summering at our office increases your chances of securing an articling position with us following your graduation from law school.
We believe it is important that our summer students are part of the team from the start. Spending a summer working in the Edmonton office exposes a student to some of the province’s best lawyers and most complex legal work. From an integration perspective, summer students are part of the team and are of course invited to all Firm functions and social events. Each summer student is assigned a mentor for the summer and will also take part in our student orientation program.
Evaluations are fundamental to your summering experience. While you can expect to receive informal evaluations from the lawyers you will be working with daily, you will also be formally evaluated on your various assignments.
Before returning to school in the fall, students will receive individual feedback during a formal interview. This will provide an opportunity for you to share any comments and suggestions you might have.
What it’s like to summer at Dentons Edmonton
What our students say
Rob Hunt, University of Alberta, 2019 2L Summer Law Student
My summer experience at Dentons was exceptional! From day one it was clear that Dentons has worked extremely hard at building a supportive and collegial atmosphere. Everyone from the lawyers, talent team, paralegals, legal assistants and office staff were very welcoming and were always willing to answer any questions I had throughout the summer. In terms of work experience, I was given numerous opportunities to shadow lawyers at questionings, court applications and client meetings. I also received assignments from various practice areas, which has given me a solid foundation that I can now apply during my third and final year of law school. Finally, my mentor was an invaluable resource as he provided me with opportunities to help manage large files, assisted me with complex assignments and gave me constructive feedback on my work. With all that said, I can confidently recommend summering at Dentons to anyone and cannot wait to return next summer to complete my articles!
Vikas Chadha, University of Calgary, 2019 2L Summer Law Student
Summering at Dentons has been phenomenal! From the very beginning, we were encouraged to actively seek out work that engaged our interest and abilities. With that encouragement, I had the opportunity to apply my theoretical classroom learnings to a practical work environment. Additionally, everyone at the firm was supportive, willing to answer any question and take time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge. In terms of social activities, the summer program provided the students various opportunities to connect with their colleagues and have fun, such as the annual Slo-Pitch game. With this experience, I am very excited to return as an articling student!
Jenny Wang, University of Alberta, 2019 2L Summer Law Student
As a leading global law firm, Dentons provides the resources that allows you to build a solid foundation for your legal career. During my summer, I received thorough training, contributed to engaging work, and discovered first-hand the difference between learning something in class and its application in a practical setting. Dentons also takes their open door policy very seriously, and I was surprised by how comfortable I was reaching out to anyone in the office with a question. Overall, my experience was extremely rewarding thanks to the relationships I’ve developed and the exceptional learning opportunities that were offered. I would highly recommend Dentons Edmonton to anyone and I am grateful to be returning to article at the firm.
Courtney Yoo, University of Alberta, 2019 1L Summer Law Student
My summer at Dentons was an amazing experience. The room for learning in the firm is vast due to the depth of knowledge of the lawyers and the resources available. As a summer student this offered me many opportunities to try something new and to learn from some of the best. I was able to practice my research and drafting skills in a practical environment and receive direct feedback on my work. I also had the opportunity to shadow lawyers in questionings and court applications, which was invaluable “front-line” experience.
Everyone in the firm was approachable and open to developing a working and professional relationship. The supportive environment at Dentons exceeded all of my expectations. Lawyers and staff are always willing to help and were kind and supportive in helping to navigate any challenges I faced. I felt a part of a community and a team from day one.
Overall, I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the legal community and I do not hesitate to highly recommend the Dentons summer experience.