Overview of Summer Program

Whatever career path you take within Baker McKenzie Toronto, we are confident you will thrive – locally and globally – in our unique culture of cooperation, collaboration and inclusion. With us, you will exchange rich local insights and legal knowledge with lawyers from all over the world through our expansive global network.

Our 14-week summer student program is designed to introduce students to the practice of law at the firm with the aim of helping them build a strong foundation for articling and beyond.

Every effort is made to expose summer students to all aspects of the firm's practice. Over the years, we have found that the overall summer experience is more rewarding when summer students are given the opportunity to carve their own path. Accordingly, we have not implemented a formal rotation system for the summer program. Instead, our summer students are given the flexibility (and are actively encouraged) to seek work within any of our practice groups based on their specific interests.

In addition to local office integration, we go to great lengths to ensure that our summer students develop relationships with their student colleagues in other offices right out of the gate. Our students will start their summer by participating in the North American Regional Summer Associates' Meeting in Washington D.C., where, in addition to receiving in-depth training, they will have an opportunity to cultivate working, and hopefully, career-long relationships with members of their Baker McKenzie Class.

Ultimately, because our primary goal is to offer a realistic professional experience, we place great importance on providing our summer associates with real, substantive work. Our students will find themselves playing an integral role in file execution while working on a wide range of legal assignments alongside our associates and partners.

We also believe in giving back to the community. Together with peers in offices all over the world, and supported by our associates and partners, our summer students are actively involved in various local, regional and global pro bono initiatives including projects involving homeless youth, refugees and various United Nations causes.

Salary & Benefits

Summer Students

  • Salary of CAD 1,450 per week
  • Comprehensive CLE program

Articling Students

  • Salary of CAD 1,450 per week
  • Fitness allowance Health Benefits (only if student has OHIP Coverage)
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Health Spending Account
    • Critical Illness
    • Life Insurance
    • Long Term Disability
  • Firm phone or allowance towards personal phone
  • 10 paid vacation days
  • 14 days of paid study time to prepare for and write Barrister and
    Solicitor Examinations
  • Payment of Law Society Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examination
    fees and materials (Ontario only)
  • Comprehensive CLE program

Student Committee

Name Title Contact Information
Ahmed Shafey Partner, Hiring Partner Email / T: +1 416 865 6964
Stephanie MacIntosh Associate, Co-Chair, Student Committee Email / T: +1 416 865 6886
Eleni Skederidis HR Manager, Student Program Email / T: +1 416 865 6947
Ora Wexler Partner Email / T: +1 416 865 2331
Peter Richardson Associate Email / T: +1 416 865 6913
Randeep Nijjar Associate Email / T: +1 416 865 6962
Glenn Gibson Associate Email / T: +1 416 865 2317
Anna Marie Discutido Project Supervisor Email / T: +1 416 865 6946

How to Apply

We encourage you to apply directly through your Law School via the viDesktop portal by the LSO application deadline. However, if you are out of country and are unable to apply directly through your Law School, please apply online through our North America Career Board.

We will be reviewing applications during the end of August and the first few weeks of September. We are not able to review and respond to all unsolicited resumes received outside of the Law School viDesktop portal or our Career Board. Please note that if your law school does participate in the viDesktop portal and the online OCI system, you must apply through your law school.