Choosing a firm will be one of the most important decisions of your career. The friendships and associations you make with lawyers and clients will be instrumental in your success and growth as a lawyer. At Dentons, our goal is to ensure that your summer experience is as diverse and challenging as it is enjoyable and rewarding.
Our student summer program is designed to expose you to a variety of work in different practice areas and facilitate your transition from student to articling student.
As part of the summer program, students are assigned a mentor, usually a junior associate who remembers what it feels like to be a student. Your mentor will be there to offer guidance in many different areas.
Our goal at Dentons Montréal is to provide you with varied professional opportunities and proactively integrate you into our daily practice. To that end, we don’t run a formal rotation for summer students. Instead our director of Recruitment and Professional Development will assign mandates to students in different areas to allow them exposure to a wide cross-section of files.
Feedback is fundamental to your summer experience. While you can expect to receive informal evaluations from the lawyers you will be working with regularly, you will also be more formally evaluated. Before you return to school in the fall, you will receive individual feedback during a formal interview. Hopefully, this feedback will help you as you return to your studies and assist in preparing you for articling down the road. The interview also provides you with an opportunity to share any comments or suggestions you may have to improve our summer program.
We have a number of social events for our students and lawyers. Whether it’s attending a sports or cultural event, joining our “5@7” gatherings or playing on the Firm soccer team, you will have the chance to get to know your colleagues on an informal basis.
Every summer, our summer students and articling students choose and organize a volunteer project and work together to give back to the community. Past projects have included repainting and redecorating a foster home, preparing dinner at La Maison Benoit Labre, serving dinner at l’Accueil Bonneau and helping out at the MIRA Foundation.