Sum­mer Asso­ciate & Arti­cle­ships and Career Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Asso­ciates, Law Clerks & Paralegals

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT LLP

Stike­man Elliott LLP is one of Canada’s lead­ing busi­ness law firms, with offices in Toronto, Mon­tréal, Ottawa, Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver as well as in Lon­don, New York and Syd­ney. The firm is rec­og­nized as a Cana­dian leader in each of its core prac­tice areas - cor­po­rate finance, M&A, corporate-​commercial law, bank­ing, struc­tured finance, real estate, tax, insol­vency, competition/​antitrust, employ­ment and busi­ness litigation.

The firm is reg­u­larly retained by domes­tic and inter­na­tional com­pa­nies in a wide range of indus­tries includ­ing finan­cial ser­vices, insur­ance, tech­nol­ogy, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing, energy, infra­struc­ture and retail. It was named as the 2011 Cana­dian Law Firm of the Year by the Inter­na­tional Finan­cial Law Review.

Stike­man Elliott has an exten­sive mar­itime law prac­tice, includ­ing impor­ta­tion, pur­chase and sale, con­struc­tion, reg­is­tra­tion, finance, litigation/​arbitration, char­ter par­ties, pol­lu­tion and marine insur­ance. The mem­bers of this prac­tice group have spe­cial knowl­edge of fed­eral reg­u­la­tory mat­ters as well as IMO, CMI, UNC­TAD, UNCI­TRAL and Inter­na­tional Oil Pol­lu­tion Fund mat­ters. It has also expe­ri­ence in deal­ing with Trans­port Canada and the Cana­dian Coast Guard. It rep­re­sents a num­ber of Canada’s lead­ing shipown­ers, in the dry/​wet bulk and con­tainer trades, and has long stand­ing rela­tion­ships with the lead­ing UK and US law firms in this sector.

Stike­man Elliott was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employ­ers for 2009 and 2010, one of Canada’s Best Diver­sity Employ­ers and Best Employ­ers for New Cana­di­ans for 2010 (each as selected by Medi­a­corp in part­ner­ship with Maclean’s mag­a­zine), as one of the Greater Toronto Area’s Top 50 Employ­ers for 2010 (as selected by the Toronto Star).

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT Career Opportunities

Stu­dent Opportunities

  • Sum­mer Pro­gram (Mon­tréal): As of the sec­ond year of uni­ver­sity, all of the future sta­giaires are offered sum­mer work and part-​time work dur­ing the school year until the actual stage. So they may acquire prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in many dif­fer­ent areas of the law and become acquainted with the prac­tice, pro­ce­dures and lawyers of dif­fer­ent prac­tice groups of the Firm, stu­dents join the firm for at least one sum­mer before under­tak­ing their stage. Dur­ing the sum­mer months, each of the approx­i­mately 30 to 40 stu­dents is assigned to a cer­tain prac­tice group. Dur­ing the school year, stu­dents who wish to work part-​time may work with whomever they choose.
  • Sum­mer Pro­gram (Toronto): For sum­mer posi­tions, Stike­man Elliott hires stu­dents who have com­pleted their 2nd year of law school or their 3rd year of a 4-​year pro­gram. Stike­man Elliott views the sum­mer as a great oppor­tu­nity for you to get a broad expo­sure to the prac­tice areas in which you’re inter­ested, as we rec­og­nize that it’s still early in your career. The men­tor­ship pro­gram is the cor­ner­stone to the firm’s stu­dent pro­gram. You’ll be matched with 3 men­tors (a part­ner and 2 asso­ciates) from your prac­tice area(s) of inter­est. You’ll get lots of respon­si­bil­ity which will help you to develop your prac­tice skills and knowl­edge of law and you will be sup­ported by top notch peo­ple and tech­no­log­i­cal resources. Much of your work will come from your men­tors and from the lawyers from whom you seek out work.
  • Arti­cling Pro­gram (Toronto): The focus of the arti­cling pro­gram is flex­i­bil­ity and hands-​on learn­ing and train­ing and pro­vides you with the option of obtain­ing a broad expo­sure to sev­eral prac­tice areas over your arti­cling term or focus­ing your inter­ests on a few par­tic­u­lar prac­tice areas - all of which will encour­age your growth and development.

Asso­ciate Career & Development

  • Asso­ciate Pro­gram: Stike­man Elliott has sev­eral broadly defined prac­tice groups. Within each prac­tice area, fur­ther spe­cial­ized areas of prac­tice have evolved. All prac­tice areas work in coor­di­na­tion with the oth­ers, and lawyers from the var­i­ous groups reg­u­larly work together as teams on major projects. Asso­ciate oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able in Mon­tréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Cal­gary, and Vancouver.
  • Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment: Stike­man Elliott com­mit­ted to the con­tin­u­ous devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion of the lawyers and this is best achieved by a mix of hands-​on expe­ri­ence and for­mal train­ing, as well as strong for­mal and infor­mal men­tor­ing relationships.
  • On-​the-​Job One-​on-​One Train­ing: With on the job train­ing, you gain expe­ri­ence by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a mean­ing­ful way in a range of client files. You’ll observe what more expe­ri­enced lawyers do, and will also get the chance to act on feed­back and on-​the-​fly direc­tions that you’ll get from the lawyers you are work­ing with.
  • CLE Pro­grams and Cur­rent Aware­ness: To sup­ple­ment your on-​the-​job learn­ing, Stike­man Elliott has a CLE Com­mit­tee which devel­ops sub­stan­tive sem­i­nars tai­lored to the needs of the asso­ciates at the var­i­ous stages in their careers.
  • Men­tors: The men­tor sys­tem is a key ele­ment of the asso­ciate train­ing and devel­op­ment. As an asso­ciate you will have two men­tors: a mid-​level or senior asso­ciate and part­ner. Your men­tors’ key role is to peri­od­i­cally mon­i­tor your work­load, ensure that you are get­ting the type of work and expe­ri­ence you seek, and to offer advice to help guide the devel­op­ment of your career.

Law Clerks & Paralegals

Stike­man Elliott law clerks play an impor­tant role in all areas of prac­tice at the firm, and are highly moti­vated pro­fes­sion­als who work closely with both lawyers and clients. Because the law clerks are one of the most val­ued invest­ments, the firm is com­mit­ted to their con­tin­u­ing legal edu­ca­tion and train­ing. Through­out their careers at Stike­man Elliott, the law clerks are pro­vided with oppor­tu­ni­ties to develop per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. These posi­tions are avail­able is all offices includ­ing international.

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