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
Francesco Deluca, Thompson Rivers University, 2018 2L Summer Student
My summer at Dentons has been nothing short of amazing! Throughout the summer, I gained valuable experience and developed a number of skills that will help me become a stronger law student. From the very beginning, I was put to work with interesting and complex files from a wide range of practice areas. Dentons open door environment made me feel comfortable approaching lawyers and asking questions, whether it was for a particular assignment or speaking about the profession in general. As well, I was given many opportunities to shadow lawyers at questionings and court appearances, which allowed me to see the practical side of the legal profession. I truly believe that this summer was a great stepping-stone for what will be a busy, but valuable articling experience next year. I look forward to returning to Dentons and working with the many people that I have established new relationships with.
Rajiv Bansal, University of Alberta, 2018 1L Summer Student
This past summer has definitely exceeded all of my expectations. Not only was I given the opportunity to nurture and advance my legal understanding in interesting areas such as commercial law, financial services, insolvency, taxation, and wills & estates, but the work also gave me confidence knowing that I have a solid foundation with which I can return to school and progress through my legal career afterward.
As one would expect from one of the world’s leading law firms, the lawyers at Dentons are some of the best in the business. Moreover, they have the ability to understand and empathize with a summer student’s abilities and give assignments that they were confident I was capable of completing, but were nevertheless challenging and encouraged growth.
The mentorship program, in which a summer student mentee is paired with an associate mentor, is another noteworthy facet of summering at Dentons. My mentor was an invaluable addition to my summer experience, as she assisted me in finding various types of work, helped me navigate challenging assignments, and was a point of contact with whom I could regularly touch base.
The lawyers, talent team, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff all do an excellent job of welcoming summer students to the Dentons team. Everyone makes an effort to integrate students into the firm by conversing in the office and inviting students to social events, which result in meaningful relationships that last much longer than just the summer.
All of these contribute to the fact that I am extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to work at Dentons for the summer, and I can confidently recommend this experience to anyone interested in working in the Edmonton legal market.
Rachel Macklin, University of Ottawa, 2018 2L Summer Student
My summer at Dentons has been invaluable. As a summer student, I had the opportunity to learn from top lawyers and contribute to interesting and challenging work, while benefitting from extensive mentorship, training and support from my summer mentor, the other students, lawyers and the rest of the staff. I gained extensive practical experience and insight into the practice of law and I am very appreciative to everyone at Dentons. Overall, the summer was an excellent experience. The atmosphere and the people at the firm are amazing and I am looking forward to returning to do my articles here.
Adam Kotlowitz, University of Alberta, 2018 1L Summer Student
To summer at a global law firm is a rare experience, and my summer at Dentons allowed me to grow as a student and to receive true practical experience from some of the best lawyers in the country. Partners, associates, and staff are not only knowledgeable, they are helpful and inclusive. Receiving meaningful opportunities to conduct research, attend court proceedings and client meetings, is what separates a summer at Dentons from other law firms. From attending mediations to executing personal directives, the learning opportunities were plentiful.
Overall, my summer at Dentons has allowed me to see what the profession entails and to curtail my education to learn what is needed to become a better lawyer for the future. Returning to my studies with increased research skills and an awareness of the practical aspect of the law will only help me further my learning. I cannot wait to return and work alongside the most intelligent and friendly people on the Dentons team.
Sean Peister, University of Alberta, 2018 1L Summer Student
Working at Dentons as a summer student has been both fun and rewarding. There has been no shortage of opportunity to become involved with interesting legal work across a broad range of disciplines. Every one that I interacted with during the course of my time at Dentons was very helpful, kind, and made sure that my transition into the firm was seamless. Having had the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest legal minds in the country, I was able to broaden the foundation of legal skills that I began developing at school. I would highly recommend summering with Dentons to any student who is seeking to gain valuable legal experience in a welcoming and collegial atmosphere.