Visit our Twitter pageVisit our Twitter page
Frequently asked questions
Toronto law students

What are you looking for in the students you hire?
We are looking for bright, engaged, and self-motivated people who show a real interest in our practice, together with excellent team skills, judgment, work ethic and leadership skills. We embrace diversity and a broad range of talents and backgrounds, and look for people who enjoy a high level of responsibility and teamwork, work hard, and will add to the texture of our firm.

What distinguishes your firm from other firms?
We are a young firm both in age and in spirit. We have mandates of the highest quality. We are entrepreneurial and give our students and associates opportunities to work with stimulating colleagues in a team environment on national and international files. We encourage our students and associates to take on lots of responsibility early in their career, with the firm supplying top-notch support with a minimum of hierarchy and structure. We embrace diversity, value a broad range of talents and backgrounds, and encourage you to be yourself.

How many articling students do you hire?
We typically hire approximately 20 articling students.

How many summer students do you hire?
We typically hire approximately 20 summer students.

What international opportunities are available to students and associates?
We generally staff our international offices with students and lawyers from our domestic offices, with one or two opportunities on average arising every year based on the needs of the international offices. In recent years, students and associates have worked in our New York, London, Calgary and Montreal offices.

What is the typical workload for students and associates?
In serving the needs of our clients, students and associates docket between 1,600 and 2,000 hours a year. The firm assumes a rough budget of 1,800 hours for each associate in the corporate, real estate, litigation, competition and labour groups, and 1,500 hours for each associate in the tax group.

What sort of continuing legal education programs do you have for students?
We have a very comprehensive CLE program for articling and summer students. We offer intensive in-house CLE seminars that are put on by our lawyers, as well as selected educational seminars offered by external organizations we invite to the firm. We also have an evening seminar series throughout the summer and articling year. Each seminar is followed by a group dinner at a nearby restaurant hosted by lawyers who practice in the area of the evening's topic. Our CLE programming helps you gain important legal skills and practical knowledge.

Does the firm do pro bono work and how is the firm involved in the community?
Yes, Stikeman Elliott has a long tradition of pro bono and community service work. We have a Community Involvement/Pro Bono Committee and our initiatives provide support and opportunities for members of the firm to become actively involved in their communities. Learn more about our community involvement and pro bono initiatives.

Does the firm have an environmental program?
Yes, Stikeman Elliott has a Green Committee and our "GoingGreen" Program is part of our continuing effort to reduce the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations which involves a firm-wide implementation of market-leading environmental best practices. Learn more about our environmental initiatives.

Does the firm have a Diversity Committee?
Yes, Stikeman Elliott's Toronto Office has a Diversity & Inclusion Committee which is made up of partners, associates, and firm management members. The Committee meets monthly to discuss our ongoing initiatives within the firm. Learn more about our Diversity Committee and other diversity initiatives.

What are your Maternity and Paternity Leave Policies?
Any associate may take a leave up to the maximum period permitted by law. For maternity leave, Stikeman Elliott provides 17 weeks paid maternity benefits; two weeks at 100% and 15 weeks top-up of EI benefits such that the associate receives an amount equal to 100% of her salary at the time the maternity leave commences. We also offer 4 weeks paid paternity leave top-up benefits to our new fathers or non-birth spouses. We consider other leaves of absence on a case-by-case basis.

How can I go about getting a tour of the firm?
We are happy to have student groups visit the firm and learn more about our practice areas. For firm tours, we like to have a group size of at least 15-20 students. Unfortunately, we are unable to organize individual firm tours. To request a firm tour, please contact Lauren Flack, Student & Legal Professional Programs Manager, by phone: (416) 868-2299 or by e-mail at

How can I find out more information about Stikeman Elliott's Student Programs?
For more information, please contact Susan Pak, Director, Student Programs and Professional Development, by phone: (416) 869-5666 or by e-mail at

Support & Tools to Succeed
"Stikeman Elliott ensures that students and junior associates are given the right support and tools to build confidence and to succeed early in their careers." 

- Justin Parappally, Associate