The deadline to apply for the 2024 Summer Law Student Program has now passed.
We thank everyone who has applied – only those candidates who are selected for an interview, will be contacted.
Experience and Opportunity
The objective of the TDS Summer Student Program is to provide law students with experience in the practice of law and an opportunity to get to know the firm’s lawyers and practice areas. Summer Students are usually assigned to four or five lawyers who practice in various areas of the law. Students assist in legal research, drafting documents, and preparations for court proceedings and other hearings. We provide as many opportunities as possible for our Students to accompany lawyers to client meetings, pre-trial proceedings, hearings, and commercial transaction closings.
Our Summer Students are also invited and encouraged to participate in the firm’s in-house education seminars and social functions throughout the summer. Our goal is to ensure that our students are exposed to a variety of areas of law while gaining first-hand experience of what it is like to practice in a full-service law firm in Winnipeg.
Commitment to Diversity
One of our firm’s Core Values is that we value diversity and strive to reflect the communities we serve. In that regard, we encourage anyone who identifies as an Indigenous person, a visible minority, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to apply. We also welcome you to self-identify your membership in these groups if you wish to do so.
Our summer student program pairs each of our students with a number of principals in various practice areas. Our students work alongside their principals throughout the summer.
During my very first year as a summer student, one of my principals almost immediately became an important mentor. I recall feeling comfortable asking him questions that at the time, felt a bit silly – about wardrobe, email etiquette, how to talk to a client on the phone for the first time, etc.
Almost 15 years later, that person is still my mentor and friend.
Stéphanie Tétreault, TDS Partner
Chair of the Student Committee
The summer program is great because you’re exposed to a number of different areas of the law while working with the same group of lawyers for the entire summer.
When I summered, I was assigned to four or five different lawyers in several different practice areas. Working with the same people gave me the opportunity to follow files along for a period of time as opposed to simply rotating through practice areas. I found that helped me narrow down the areas of the law that I really liked working in.
Alyssa Mariani, TDS Partner
Former Summer Student and Articling Student