Career Development

We want to see you succeed

Get all the tools and support that you need to handle the job

Stikeman Elliott’s student program is as supportive as it is empowering. We are committed to helping you develop all of the skills you will need for a long and rewarding legal career. 

Our comprehensive training program will give you an excellent grounding in core legal skills that you’ll use as an associate and in the future. Beyond that, your mentors and colleagues will also provide business-savvy advice and show you how we work together as a team to serve our clients.

Participate in CLE training alongside our lawyers

Our broad and comprehensive formalized Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program is delivered in a variety of formats. In-house seminars are taught by subject-matter experts, including Stikeman Elliott partners and invited guest speakers. As a summer student, you will participate in our hands-on training and development program throughout the summer months. As an articling student, you will commence the articling year with an intensive two-day Skills Retreat taught by practitioners in our various practice areas, in addition to regularly scheduled CLE sessions held throughout the articling year.

Experience real mentorship

A tradition of mentorship is deeply woven into the firm’s culture and forms one of the cornerstones of our student program. You will find that there is always a helping hand to coach you while you "learn by doing." In Toronto, each articling and summer student is paired with a mid-level and a senior-level associate as well as a partner who will take a genuine interest in your progress: answering practical questions and providing advice and support as you navigate your career.

In addition to your mentors, Natasha Bhimji, our Director, Student Programs, is always available to offer support and guidance. And whatever the question, our open-door policy means that you are always welcome to seek advice from other lawyers and your colleagues.

Get lots of feedback

We place great emphasis on offering timely and constructive comments (both formal and informal) throughout your work period. This regular feedback means that you won’t be left to wonder how you’re doing; you’ll always have a good sense of your progress. And career guidance won’t just come from your mentors – many Stikeman Elliott lawyers will take an interest in your experience and development.

Articling students receive two formal and two informal reviews during their term, while summer students sit down for a comprehensive assessment near the end of their summer. Reviews are based on input from all the lawyers you have worked with and are intended to assist with your continued development as a future lawyer. In addition to formal reviews, you can also expect to receive ongoing informal feedback from the other lawyers on your team. And the feedback doesn’t just flow in one direction – we solicit input from our students and regularly use your suggestions to enhance our work culture and training best practices.