A few things stand out when you start as a student. For one, students aren’t jettisoned in a student room where mandates drip in by way of an impersonal group email. Spread out across the Montreal office, students sit right in the middle of the action. In my first summer, I was paired with a second summer student in an office on the business law floor. This made my integration that much smoother. I could turn to him with mundane questions and learn about those little tricks and norms that, in the long run, make all the difference. My firm “buddy” was two doors away, so I could get progressively involved on mandates as the early weeks of training waned. Now, in my second summer, I’m in the middle of the tax floor in an office where I can hear myself think. Although I don’t share the office with a first summer student, I pass on those tricks at the weekly student sessions where students discuss their experiences and share practice points. Of course, there are many other things that make the student experience stand out. I encourage you to read about them in my colleagues’ blurbs.
Summer Student 2016/2017, Montréal