Summer program in Edmonton

Thank you for your interest in the summer program at Dentons Edmonton.

Our program

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

David Cowley, University of Alberta, 2016 2L Summer Student
“This summer at Dentons has been a real education.  As a law student who will be returning to his third and final year of law school, I can see the invaluable ways in which the summer student experience has complemented our in-class learning.  Not only has the academic work of the first two years of school been applied in tangible and diverse circumstances, the assignments and opportunities to tag along have given me keen insights into the actual practice of law and the variety of work that lawyers receive, and that’s exposure you can’t get in a classroom.  The lawyers and staff at Dentons Edmonton (and at the offices across the country) have been welcoming and encouraging, and students have been pushed to learn and excel.  The summer has busily flown by, and that’s the hallmark of a great experience.  I can’t wait to return and to once again work alongside the fantastic people on Dentons Edmonton’s expert roster.” 

Robert Gilroy, University of Alberta, 2016 1L Summer Student
“I have had an incredible summer at Dentons. As a Summer Student at one of the world’s leading law firms, I had the ability to seek out interesting and challenging work from many different areas of law in addition to working on files for prominent clients. There were countless opportunities to establish meaningful, professional relationships with lawyers at the firm. Even the most senior partners are extremely approachable and are genuinely interested in your development. There is a great sense of community amongst the professionals in the Dentons Edmonton office which also extends outside the office to various social events. Overall, I feel privileged to have learned from the best lawyers in their respective fields and to have had fun doing it!”

Kaelyn MacGillivray, University of Alberta, 2016 1L Summer Student
“My summer at Dentons has been great! From the very beginning everyone was very welcoming, helpful, and inclusive, making the summer students feel like part of the team. We were encouraged to ask questions and to seek out work in our areas of interest, and the associates and partners were eager to share their knowledge and expertise as we completed our assignments.

I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects from both the Corporate and Litigation groups and thanks to the challenging assignments and constructive feedback I received this summer, I feel that I am returning to my 2L year ahead of the game in terms of my research abilities and understanding of the realities of legal work.

I would highly recommend the experience of summering at Dentons to anyone!”

Ali Matour, University of Alberta, 2016 1L Summer Student
“With summer drawing to a close, I have had the opportunity to work on an array of projects from constitutional challenges to commercial transactions. None of this would have been possible without the guidance provided by some of the brightest legal minds and practitioners in the country. The summer student program at Dentons has allowed me to evolve. Not only has my legal reading and writing skills and attention to detail improved, but how I perceive and engage with the law.”