Our Students' Experience

  • My experience as a summer student at Osler was extremely rewarding. From my first day, I was welcomed into a team of smart, talented individuals in a firm with a strong culture of respect and collegiality. I was then invited to a number of activities throughout the summer, which allowed me to forge ties with other summer and articling students, as well as lawyers and administrative staff. My assignments were challenging and allowed me to hone my skills. I felt like my work made a real contribution to the files I was involved in, and the responsibilities I was given were fulfilling. At Osler, they don’t just treat you like a student, but as a future colleague, and every member of the team, from the partners to the legal assistants, takes an interest in your success and professional development. You are also free to choose and explore the practice areas that interest you, and there are endless opportunities to do so. If you are looking to work on major deals and cases as part of a team of fantastic, passionate individuals, Osler is the place for you!

    Samuel Julien

  • Osler is an excellent place to launch a legal career. The top-notch legal training students receive is complemented by a very supportive, friendly, and collegial working environment. The lawyers I work with always take the time to thoroughly explain a task and the context surrounding a particular file, and I’ve never felt shy to ask questions. At Osler, you will be exposed to a diverse scope of challenging work, as well as many opportunities to make meaningful contributions to files. My experience at the firm has been nothing but exceptional. I know I made the right choice by choosing Osler.

    Bushra Nassab

    2019 Summer Student, 2020/2021 Articling Student, Toronto

  • The summer program at Osler has provided me with an extremely rewarding experience filled with growth and learning. From the very first day, it was apparent that everyone considered all students to be an integral part of the team. I was given a high level of independence and responsibility on complex deals, with the perfect amount of mentorship to allow me to challenge myself and push my boundaries, all while having an understanding that I have all the support needed. The “team” culture fostered at Osler provides for a supportive learning environment and I am excited to be coming back to the firm to article next year.

    Jun Lee

    Summer Student, Vancouver

  • What stands out to me about Osler is the extent to which partners and associates went out of their way to provide students with quality work and exceptional learning opportunities. From day one, I was involved in complex and challenging files where my work was valued and I had the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the practice of law. No matter how big or small the assignment, Osler lawyers always took the time to explain the file in detail and how my assignment fit into the big picture. This allowed me to share in their enthusiasm for the law and for the work that Osler does for its clients.

    Throughout my time as a student as Osler, I developed close friendships with my colleagues that have continued as we transitioned to becoming associates. I can’t think of a better place to have started my legal career.

    Eric Hendry

    2016 Summer Student; 2017/2018 Articling Student

  • Osler defied my expectation of what working at a National Firm would be like. I’ve gotten to work with lawyers who, are leaders in their fields, and make a point to maintain Osler’s positive culture. Lawyers took time to teach me instead of just giving me work they would prefer not to do themselves. The culture, along with the best team of students there is, creates an environment where I look forward to coming into work Monday mornings, something  I never thought I’d say about a big law job.

    Bradley Sendel

  • Osler’s people are what drew me to the firm, and they are what made my articling experience worthwhile. The firm provides formal mentors and buddies, but I was also able to comfortably reach out to any colleague to ask for advice and assistance. Whenever I did reach out, I was always impressed with how willing people were to take time out of their busy schedule to answer my questions, on everything from practical issues with a file to decisions regarding departments and career choices.

    Osler also made sure that, even as a student, I was deeply involved in the files I was working on and that I had a broad range of experiences. Associates and partners took me along to client meetings, negotiations, and even flew me out to participate in hearings. They also placed a strong emphasis on exposing you to all aspects of the practice area you were interested in, and I was often invited to join my colleagues who were attending legal conferences and luncheons when they knew the topics were related to my areas of interest.

    Articling at Osler, not only did I get to work with exceptional lawyers who were among the best in their field, but also with great people who took an active role in helping me launch my legal career.

    Gajan Sathanathan

    2L Summer Student, 2015, 2016/2017 Articling Student, Toronto

  • Osler is a great place to launch a career in law. The combination of hands-on work experience, in-depth training and team-building initiatives culminates in a fantastic learning environment. The overall experience is enriched by the willingness of lawyers to engage with students and provide unique perspectives.

    Justine Erickson

    Summer Student, 2014, Articling Student, 2015/2016, Toronto

  • As a student at Osler you are assigned a number of formal mentors and will undoubtedly also benefit from the supportive culture of everyone at the firm. Lawyers are always willing to take the time to explain how a student’s work fits into the larger transaction. Lawyers are also encouraged to invite students to client meetings and phone calls, giving students the opportunity to learn firsthand from the top practitioners in their field. During my summer, I had the opportunity to work directly with a partner on the negotiation of a commercial agreement, including attending a series of meetings, both with our client and the vendor.

    Osler’s team-based culture is truly one of the things that make it a great place to work. From day one you will be given meaningful, challenging work that contributes directly towards the final client deliverable. I enjoyed being constantly challenged to learn and take on larger roles on transactions, yet always felt comfortable that I had the support of the other members of the team.

    During the summer program, the student committee puts on a series of “What does a … lawyer do?” talks where members of different practice groups at the firm spend time to provide an overview of their practice area and career path. This was a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight into the work performed by groups that students did not rotate through during their summer and significantly helped me determine which rotations I would like to pursue during articling.

    Andrew Irwin

    Summer Student, 2014, Articling Student, 2015/2016, Toronto

  • Osler provides students with the tools and the training to excel as young professionals. The firm’s leading practitioners facilitate a comprehensive professional development program, which is designed to support both students who have a specific area of interest and those who are exploring different practice groups. Combined with top-rate legal work and an extensive mentorship program, Osler’s summer and articling programs push students to succeed and offer strong support along the way.

    At Osler, I was fully integrated into the practice groups I rotated through as a summer student. I accompanied lawyers to conferences, presented at practice group meetings and participated in countless meetings with partners and associates. Each lawyer that I worked with took the time to explain the larger context of my assignment and enthusiastically offered advice and feedback. I worked with talented, approachable lawyers who went out of their way to ensure that I was welcomed to the team.

    Erin Rubin

    Summer Student, 2014, Articling Student, 2015/2016, Toronto

  • As a summer student at Osler, I can honestly say that I look forward to coming into work every single morning. The culture at Osler is one of mutual respect where students feel appreciated and empowered. Partners and associates alike have provided students with a supportive atmosphere that encourages us to take on new challenges every day. The professionals at Osler are kind, patient, and attentive, but also confident in our ability to learn and deliver great work products. This has made me eager to continuously take on new types of mandates and step out of my comfort zone, as I know I will be encouraged every step of the way. I can also already tell how important community is to Osler. From in-firm social events to volunteering and fundraising events, the firm has repeatedly shown its dedication to giving back to its employees, as well as the Montreal community more broadly. I feel lucky to be part of the Osler team, and I am excited to see what the future has in store.

    Elisabeth Novak