Toronto Student Program
We are looking for driven, creative & committed individuals to become our next students and, ultimately, our associates & partners. If you are looking to work in a fast paced, team environment that is committed to your success and development as a lawyer, we encourage you to read more about our student programs.
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Summer Law Student Program
Fasken's summer student program offers you:
An experience developed just for you
Your summer experience at Fasken will be designed just for you. As part of our collaborative approach, we consult with each student prior to his or her arrival at the firm to discuss the student's goals and objectives. Each student is provided with a program specifically tailored to match his or her expectations and interests - there is no rotation and you will not be allocated to a specific group. Summer students have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas of their choosing or to focus on a specific area of interest.
Respecting the diversity and interests of our summer students, no two students will follow the same program throughout the summer. As a summer student at Fasken, you have the ability to direct your own career, with the assistance and guidance of our experienced Professional Development Team, our Student Development Committee, and firm mentors.
The opportunity to participate in an external secondment
Our summer student secondment program was introduced in 2001. As part of the Summer Program, each student is encouraged to participate in an external secondment giving him or her not only the "Bay Street" experience but also another window into the practice of law. Our secondments offer the opportunity to experience the practice of law from one of a number of perspectives: that of a client, a government agency, or an NGO. Secondments are usually 4 weeks in duration and are planned for the end of the summer term. We will work with you to find a secondment opportunity that fits with your interests and goals for the summer. If you express an interest in a law-related secondment other than those traditionally offered, we will work with you to secure it. Below is a small sampling of more recent summer secondments:
You may be interested in reading some of our students' personal secondment reviews from the past few years by clicking one of the links below.
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Our Toronto summer student program provides a stimulating and challenging learning experience prior to your final year of law school. You will have plenty of opportunities and a lot to do in just a few short months. Our students work on some of the most noteworthy deals and cases in Canada.
As a Fasken student, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the best lawyers around and to make meaningful contributions to matters that shape the Canadian business and legal landscapes.
Unparalleled Training and Mentoring
We are committed to our students. We want you to succeed, develop new skills and grow with our firm. We are not just looking to hire students, but also individuals who will become our associates and partners.
In addition to challenging work, we believe that the key to reaching your potential as a lawyer is excellent training and mentoring in a supportive environment. Everyone at Fasken - students, associates, partners and staff - recognize the importance of training and mentoring in your development. It is part of our culture.
While all members of the firm are available to assist in the supervision and training of our students, as a summer student you will be assigned three supervisors ranging in seniority and based on your chosen area(s) of interest. Your supervisors are directly responsible for providing guidance and ensuring the quality of your summer experience. One supervisor, usually a member of the Student Development Committee, will be your Designated Supervisor and will be responsible for providing you with formal feedback on a regular basis. This feedback is in addition to the informal feedback and support you will receive from our lawyers in the course of your work, and the comments solicited from your secondment experience.
An introduction to the business of practicing law
Your time at law school will provide you with an excellent foundation in the academic aspects of the law. At Fasken we build on that training and help you develop the additional skills required in the practice of law as a business.
Through our secondment opportunities and our Client Service Initiative we expose our summer students to the business side of the practice of law from day one. Our students have meaningful interactions with clients to expose them to the client service aspect of the practice law.
How to Apply
Please note the Toronto office is not accepting applications for articling positions at this time.
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:
Assistant Director, Recruitment & Student Development
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre, Box 20
Toronto, ON M5H 2T6
Applications should include copies of transcripts for university undergraduate studies and law school.
2023 First Year Legal Knowledge and Practice Innovation Internship
Fasken is pleased to announce we will be accepting applications for the 2023 First Year Legal Knowledge and Practice Innovation Internship.
We are seeking a first-year law student or second-year student in an applicable combined program (e.g. JD/MBA) who will graduate in 2025, with a strong academic record, diverse interests, and a demonstrable interest in knowledge management and innovation in law. This is a paid internship.
The internship is an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested in the ways knowledge management and practice innovation are driving changes in law. As a part of our Knowledge and Practice Innovation team, the intern will work on a range of knowledge management and innovation projects – both internal and client facing. While the projects vary from year to year, examples include knowledge content development and management, legal process analysis, assessing and piloting legal technology tools, and initiatives related to automation, productization and client collaboration. Working under the direction of members of the Knowledge and Practice Innovation team, the intern will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders across the Firm and leverage their creativity, problem solving and communication skills. By the end of the summer, the intern will have exposure to a range of ways knowledge management and innovation are changing the delivery of legal services in law firms.
The program will run from May 8, 2023 through August 11, 2023.
The application deadline is March 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted between February 24 and March 1, 2023 and must include a cover letter, resume, and law school and other post-secondary transcripts. Unofficial grade reports for first-year midterm grades are acceptable. Reference letters are welcome, but not required.
To apply, beginning on February 24, go to: 2023 First Year Legal Knowledge and Practice Innovation Internship.
At Fasken we are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive Firm. Our commitment includes ensuring equitable access to employment and equitable opportunities to advance and succeed at the Firm. We always strive to provide an accessible candidate experience. Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process. Please contact me for further information.
Assistant Director, Recruitment & Student Development
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Toronto, ON M5H 2T6
Summer Interview/Resume Preparation Workshop
We will be hosting our virtual Resume and Interview Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST, for students who are seeking 2023 2L summer positions in Toronto and will be eligible to article in 2024. The workshop will provide students with all the necessary tools to prepare for the 2023 Toronto Summer Recruitment Process. Following a plenary session from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST, each student will meet with a firm member for an individual resume review/mock interview session at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. EST.
The registration list and wait list are at capacity. Thank you for your interest in our workshop.
We are pleased to offer a Firm Tour to law students eligible to apply for 2024 Second Year Summer Student positions. The Firm Tour will take place in person at our Toronto office on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We will share tips on applications and interviews, and students will meet with members of the Student Development Committee and current Fasken summer students to ask questions about the recruitment process and Fasken’s student program. Students will also hear from lawyers who practice in Fasken’s Business Law, Litigation, and Labour, Employment and Human Rights groups and have the opportunity to ask questions.
For more information or to register for the Firm Tour, please send an email to:
Student Program Advisor, Professional Development
Articling Student Program
Historically we fill our articling complement through our summer law student program and, as such, do not participate in the articling interview process.
Our articling program follows the same philosophy as our Summer Student Program. We work to ensure that your articling term closely resembles the experience you will receive as an associate with our firm. Having a full-service practice, we offer you a flexible rotation system designed to give you practical experience in our major practice areas, while ensuring you retain the freedom to customize your articles to suit your particular interests. Prior to commencing your articles, we will work with you to plan your rotation schedule, which if you wish, may be adapted during your articling term as your interests evolve.
Articling Students will have two mentors. Your mentors will provide guidance and ensure the quality of your experience. They are responsible for your professional development. You all also receive support from our Professional Development team and Student Development Committee.
Our Student Development Committee and firm mentors also provide ongoing feedback to our students throughout their articling term. This feedback assists our students in developing the necessary skills to become excellent lawyers. Recognizing that feedback goes both ways; students are also encouraged to raise questions, concerns or comments at any time.
Throughout the year, students may participate in firm-wide student training seminars, professional development programs for lawyers, practice group meetings, regional and client events and community activities.
Resume & Interview Preparation Guides (PDF Downloads)
- Application Tips (PDF)
- Resume & OCI / Interview Tips (PDF)
- Interview Planner (sample & blank for reproduction - PDF)
- Call Day Planner (PDF)
- Publications (PDF)
- Sample Cover Letters (PDF)
- Sample Resumes (PDF)
- Tips from Students (PDF)
- LSO Recruitment Guidelines