Canadian Lawyer 4Students

Spring 2009

Life skills and career tips for Canada's lawyers in training

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TELL US WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER WHILE NOT EVERYONE GOT FREE GYM MEMBERSHIPS AND GOURMET LUNCHES, MOST STUDENTS SAY THEY BENEFITED FROM THEIR SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE. the country. Responses were down slightly this year, with 66 valid ones returned. Nonetheless, the answers still provide in- sight into what's going on at the offi ce. The majority of students summering (73 per cent) were A between their second and third years, like joint common/ civil law student Caroline Larouche, from Queen's Univer- sity and the University of Sherbrooke — this year's winner of the summer survey prize (she's walking away with a brand new set of custom fi tted legal robes, so she'll be all set for her call to the bar). Most respondents worked in a smaller fi rm setting — with less than four summer students. There was also representation from the larger fi rms; including Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Torys LLP, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Miller Thomson LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Stewart McKelvey. Most stu- dents spent their time in Canada, but a few respondents sum- mered in New York City, and one who was fortunate enough to land a job in Mumbai, India. Hire backs are a big part of the reason for getting summer positions but the survey showed 42 per cent weren't interest- ed in continuing on with the same fi rm (either for another summer or to complete their articles). The type of fi rm may s part of a Canadian Lawyer 4Students' annual tradition, we've once again gone out to law students to get their take on summer work-term experiences at fi rms across DID YOU GET HIRED BACK FOR NEXT SUMMER/ARTICLING? 55% yes 28% no HOW WAS THE WORK? Mostly got 3% coffees 17% Carried a lot of my own files 21% Did mostly research Carried some of my own files 59% 17% do not know 18 SPRING 2009 4STUDENTS SURVEY BY JEFFREY H. WAUGH

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