We want to see you succeed

Get all the tools and support 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.

This 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.

It is of the utmost importance that you have the time to truly process everything you’re learning while you’re here. That’s why Vancouver students meet every other week with Carol Chestnut to check in on current assignments and help maintain a balanced workload.

Participate in CLE training alongside our lawyers

Our 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. You will also attend our regular practice group meetings, along with our lawyers, which include discussions of new legal developments and business trends. Throughout the year, you’re also encouraged to attend Canadian Bar Association luncheons and other external courses that are relevant to our various practice areas.

As a Vancouver summer student, you’ll travel to Toronto for Stikeman Elliott’s Student Skills Retreat — a two-day intensive training workshop that offers a mix of hands-on assignments and sessions discussing typical legal procedures and client situations you’re likely to experience during your work term.

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 Vancouver articling student is paired with a partner who serves as a principal, while every summer student is matched with a mentor.

These lawyers will offer you hands-on coaching, support and career guidance. Mentors and principals will also help you monitor and balance your workload while recommending assignments that will give you a varied and well-rounded articling experience.

Carol Chestnut, our Director of Associate and Student Programs, is also available to offer guidance and counsel. If you have any questions, your colleagues will be happy to chat informally and share their point of view.

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 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 reviews during their term, while summer students sit down for a comprehensive assessment. Reviews are based on comprehensive input from all the 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 the other lawyers in the office. 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.