Professional Development

We want you to succeed

The tools and support you need to handle the job

Stikeman Elliott student programs are as supportive as they are empowering. We are committed to helping you develop all the skills needed for a rewarding career that matches your expectations.

Our rigorous training program will give you an excellent grounding in core legal skills that you will use as an associate and beyond. Mentors and colleagues will also show you how we work together as a team to serve clients and provide the business-savvy advice we are known for.

By going directly to the lawyers to get work, you will have the opportunity to explore different practice areas and shape your experience. You will also benefit from the constant support of the Director, Student Programs, the members of the Students & Stagiaires Committee and your mentor, either through periodic group meetings or more individual interaction, at all stages of your development.

Learn with our lawyers

Not only will you get real work experiences for on-the-job learning, we also take a bespoke approach to training and career development, tailored to your experience level. At the outset of your career, emphasis is on developing a well-rounded skill set with a formal program of substantive knowledge. Then, as you progress, you drive the growth of your practice and the development of your areas of expertise.

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 lawyers and invited guest speakers. Each summer, the Students & Stagiaires Committee and the CLE Committee organize a comprehensive series of seminars for all students covering the substantive and practical aspects of a variety of different areas of law.

Practice group lunches and junior practice group lunches are very well attended and allow lawyers and students to enhance their practical skills and share experiences relevant to their specific practice area. We also offer tailored business language classes to enable lawyers and students to fluently navigate in today’s competitive business environment.

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”. Each summer student is paired with a mentor, and every articling student is matched with a mentor for each articling rotation. The program continues after students become lawyers and adapts itself to the evolving needs of young professionals.

We believe that mentoring not only supports your professional development, but also ensures that you are fully integrated into the fabric of the firm and navigate your career successfully. Our formal mentoring program is led by a multidisciplinary group of lawyers who oversee the firm’s mentoring program. Mentors will take a genuine interest in your progress, answering practical questions and providing advice and support as you progress. The informal mentoring that occurs on a daily basis is also an integral part of your progression, as all members are committed to investing in talent development within the firm.

In addition to your mentor and colleagues, our Director, Student Programs is always available to offer support and advice.

Receive plenty of feedback

We place great emphasis on offering timely and constructive comments (both formal and informal). This regular feedback will give you a good sense of your progress. Guidance will come from your mentors, as well as other lawyers who will take an interest in your experience and development.

Articling students receive formal reviews every three months, while summer students have meetings twice during the summer for comprehensive assessments. Reviews are based on input from lawyers you have worked with and are intended to assist with your continued development as a lawyer. In addition to formal reviews, you can also expect to receive ongoing informal feedback from lawyers on your team – and the feedback does not just flow in one direction. We solicit input from students and regularly use suggestions to enhance our work culture and training best practices.