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Summer students join us prior to their final year of law school. Our program bridges your studies and your legal career and it’s tailored to your individual interests, whether you want to focus on one practice area, industry or several.


Fasken’s student orientation program will give you the right tools to succeed, right from the start. You’ll be introduced to firm contacts and other students, trained to use our IT and knowledge management systems and have an opportunity to ask plenty of questions.

The Ottawa office does not follow a formal rotation program. You will, however, have direct exposure to and develop skills in the primary practice areas of this office: broadcasting, telecommunications, copyright, trade, competition and corporate and commercial law.

Bar Admission
Articling students in Ottawa are required to complete the Law Society of Upper Canada Lawyer Licensing Process (LLP). You’ll be paid two weeks salary and given time to concentrate on your studies during each week of the process.

Mentoring, Training & Evaluation
Each student is assigned a principal and a mentor who will provide guidance and ensure the quality of your experience. Your principal is responsible for your professional development. Your mentor will be a junior lawyer who can give you confidential feedback, coaching and encouragement in areas of interest or concern. You will also receive support from our professional development staff and student committees.

You’ll receive evaluations and feedback throughout the articling program and a formal evaluation at the end of each rotation. We know that feedback goes both ways; students are welcome to raise questions, concerns or comments at any time.

Throughout the year, you’ll participate in firm-wide training seminars focused specifically on students, professional development sessions for lawyers, practice group meetings and regional events focused on clients and community activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the training programs offered by our Toronto office as well as those in the Ottawa office.

Fasken compensates students at rates comparable to other national law firms. Your LPP and articling enrolment fees will be covered by the firm and your will receive your regular salary during the bar admission course.

Articling students receive dental, medical and extended health care benefits as well as a fitness subsidy.

How to Apply

For more information on our program including hiring information, compensation and other relevant details please view our profile on the NALP website.

Applications for the Summer Student Program should be submitted via the viRecruit Law Portal. Other applications may be submitted in writing to: 

Virginia Schweitzer
Partner, Head of the Ottawa Student Committee
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP 
55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1300
Ottawa , ON , K1P 6L5

Applications should include copies of transcripts for university undergraduate studies and law school.