Summer Program in Toronto

Our program

Our summer program provides students an opportunity to experience the practice of law in action. The program, although structured, is designed in a flexible manner to ensure each student’s needs and interests are met. As a student at our office, you’ll work under the guidance of experienced lawyers on interesting files for our clients. You’ll be given real responsibilities and gain real experience. You will also form many professional relationships and friendships—in fact, that will likely be your greatest reward.

Rotation

The program is structured around a two-rotation schedule based on the following options:

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Litigation
  • Financial Services and Insolvency
  • Employment and Pensions
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Tax

Secondment

Second-year students may wish to expand their experience with a secondment. Opportunities will be matched with your specific interest and may include working at the office of one of our clients, or at a government or quasi-governmental agency, such as the Ontario Securities Commission.

Feedback session

Evaluations are fundamental to your summering experience. While you can expect to receive informal evaluations from the lawyers you will be working with, you will also be formally evaluated on your various assignments. Completed evaluations will be submitted to our Student Committee, followed by a formal evaluation meeting.

Social events

We have a number of social events for our students and lawyers, so you have lots of opportunities to get to know your colleagues on an informal basis. Our lawyers enjoy getting to know the students and look forward to these events. We attend sporting and cultural events, play laser tag and Whirlyball, go curling and skating, try different restaurants and much more!

What it’s like to summer at Dentons

What our students say:

Kurtis Parcells, Queen’s University, 2019 1L Summer Student, 

Starting a legal career on Bay Street I expected to work hard and get exposure to practice areas of interest, but I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did in the process. Dentons did a great job facilitating a sense of community within the student cohort and the firm as a whole. What differentiates firms, especially at the student level, is the culture more so than responsibilities on a file. I was paired with a truly great mentor who was invested in my long-term development, always taking the time to ensure I had finished a task seeing the bigger picture and understood the mechanics of the deal. As the summer progressed, I was trusted with larger and more complex aspects of a transaction. There is no “student work” at Dentons. The firm is supportive of students taking on substantive tasks and gives the opportunity to make significant contributions on files. Overall, Dentons offers a great summer experience and foundation for students start a legal career.

Nour Chehab Eddine, University of Toronto, 2019 1L Summer Student

Working at Dentons this summer was a wonderful opportunity. I really appreciate the firm’s effort to get to know their students and make them feel welcome from the very first day. My mentors were great and provided me with tons of support throughout the summer. I enjoyed working with people at Dentons because they were always happy to answer my questions and provide feedback. The work is challenging and engaging and I have learned so much over the last three months. I was provided with the opportunity to attend discoveries, write legal memos and participate in client meetings. Dentons was a perfect place to start my legal career.

Michael Cain, University of Toronto, 2019 2L Summer Student

I have really enjoyed working at Dentons for the past two summers. From the beginning, Dentons has welcomed and supported my entrepreneurial initiatives. I had the opportunity to work with incredible partners and associates on everything from start-ups to multinational clients. I also cannot understate the amount of responsibility, support and ownership that lawyers allow students to have. The Dentons culture is definitely something I want to remain a part of.

Alexander Pease, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2019 1L Summer Student

I have immensely enjoyed my experience working as a summer student at Dentons Canada. Aside from the Firm’s smart and innovative business strategy, the biggest differentiator for me was the people. Each person at Dentons, no matter the department—from the support staff to senior partners—are all welcoming, kind, and supportive. What’s more, everyone here has a great sense of humour! As cliché as all this may sound, it is so incredibly accurate. I am very fortunate to have found a place to start my legal career where I feel that I truly belong. I am looking forward to even more exciting challenges at Dentons next summer and beyond.

Megan Campbell, University of Windsor, 2019 2L Summer Student

I have had an amazing summer! I was grateful to discover that a wide variety of lawyers, from associates to partners, took the time to work with students. Dentons is not only invested in a student’s learning, but who they will become as professionals. I enjoyed being able to be present in client meetings, seeing how my work contributed to a risk memo on a billion dollar deal, and having a variety of formal and informal mentors taking time to check in and speak to me about my interests in law. Dentons has provided an inviting and cohesive environment that engages students. There was a range of social events that were always a blast. I have learned a great deal and I look forward to returning to the Dentons team for my Articles.

Emeleigh Moulton, Western University, 2019 2L Summer Student

My experience as a summer student at Dentons was both challenging and enjoyable. I was consistently given challenging tasks on a number of diverse files, but always under the guidance of talented lawyers who were very supportive and eager to answer all of my questions. Most importantly, every member of the firm made me feel like I was a part of the team and that my contributions to client files was valuable. In addition to providing the students with meaningful and interesting work, the lawyers at Dentons take an interest in each student’s development into successful, competent and confident lawyers.

The partners, associates, staff, and student cohort at Dentons are an exceptional group of people and I feel like I have made lifelong friends here. As a result, I looked forward to coming into the office every single day! Ultimately, my summer experience at Dentons exceeded all of my expectations. The summer student program has provided me with an incredible amount of knowledge, and I am looking forward to returning as an articling student next year!