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Summer Program in Toronto

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Our Toronto office provides law students with exceptional opportunities to work with our national and international clients across a number of industries and practice areas. Our highly-recognized professionals and award-winning practices ensure that students receive a rich and rewarding learning experience doing work that really matters.

 

Office details

1 First Canadian Place, 100 King Steet West, Suite 1600
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5X 1G5.

Please note this office is an English work environment, where all applications must be in English.

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Practice areas

Our summer student program generally focuses on one of four major practice areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Business Law
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual Property

In Business Law, our practice includes:

  • General corporate/commercial
  • Technology
  • Tax
  • Energy
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial services
  • Real estate

In Litigation, our practice consists of: 

  • Commercial litigation
  • Banking litigation
  • Employment and labour law
  • Insurance and professional liability
  • Product liability
  • Health law
  • Class actions

And finally, our Intellectual Property practice covers areas such as:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Industrial design
  • Marketing/advertising

Within the Advocacy department, we hire one student who is dedicated to supporting the Environmental Law Group, assisting with such matters as various as:

  • Environment-related litigation
  • Environmental prosecution defence work
  • Environmental assessment hearings
  • Contaminated sites related work

Application process

The summer program at Gowling WLG Toronto is generally limited to students who have completed their second year of law school. Please visit the Law Society's website for further information on these procedures.

Gowling WLG Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. That said, our firm is dedicated to providing equitable opportunities for employment and advancement, and to creating a more inclusive workplace for all our people, as we believe that diverse professional and administrative teams make better decisions. Applicants who are Indigenous, racialized BIPOC, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and persons with a disability are encouraged to self-identify.

We encourage law students interested in Gowling WLG's Summer Program to submit their completed application package, including cover letter, résumé and both law school and undergraduate transcripts to Shemara Dadhisheth, Manager of Student Programs, in accordance with the requirements of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Procedures Governing the Recruitment of Students. Reference letters may be submitted, but are not required. We will accept applications through the VI Portal. Please note that should you submit your application by email, we will request that you re-submit it through the VI Portal.

Firm tours

Find out what sets Gowling WLG apart from other global law firms. This year we will be offering the following Virtual Firm Tours during the month of November:

  • Coffee Chats with our current Articling Students
  • Virtual Panels and Information Sessions
  • Mock Interviews and Resume Tips Session

Please contact Shemara Dadhisheth if you are interested in learning more about Gowling WLG and attending one of our virtual firm tours.

Interviews

You will find in this Interview details document the information pertaining to in-firm and on campus interviews, call day and scheduling, offers and acceptances and more.

Secondments

In past years, we have seconded students to the Royal Bank of Canada, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Alectra Utilities and Ontario Power Generation.

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Career fairs

Gowling WLG Toronto will attend career fairs, panels, coffee chats and mock interviews at the following law schools:

  • McGill University
  • Osgoode Hall
  • Queens University
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Windsor

Professional development

 

Gowling WLG Toronto provides a rewarding and educational summer work experience. We actively develop our students through educational programs that provide insight, evaluation and hands-on experience with various areas of the law. Our comprehensive seminar program spans a wide variety of practice areas, and our constructive mentoring programs provide students with opportunities to work with – and learn from – our diverse and experienced professionals. Our students are also encouraged to define their own development, and to seek out and experience the work in which they are most interested. 

Compensation & benefits

Our commitment to our students includes a competitive salary, based on the market rate for summer students, plus vacation pay. Gowling WLG also established a guideline for agile working. The goal is to ensure a balance between working in the office and working remotely. 

 

Social programs

 

As part of the Gowling WLG Toronto social program, our summer students enjoy a range of activities and social events. Our summer students have enjoyed pub nights, a night at the theatre, an evening of ping pong and have participated in a number of charity events including Big Bike for Heart and Stroke and a beach volleyball tournament.

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