Student Program
Take control of your legal career from the day you join the firm, working alongside second-to-none mentors and team members. Explore our uniquely designed student program and see what makes Torys different.

Build skills as you tackle exciting, rewarding work and grow your unique strengths as a lawyer working closely with some of the most distinguished and close-knit legal teams in the country.

Continuing Education

The professional development of our lawyers and students is guided by our continuing legal education program, which includes sessions on corporate law, M&A, capital markets, banking and debt finance, and other topics pertinent to the development of your legal career. A parallel litigation program is offered, which includes trial skills and advocacy training, and sessions on drafting facta and pleadings, negotiating for settlement, motion practice and techniques for discovery. These programs are supplemented by educational seminars specifically tailored for our students.

We also offer substantive sessions on topics including mental health in the workplace, practice management techniques, professionalism and networking, all of which we believe to be critical to well-rounded lawyers.

Secondment Opportunities

We have a robust client secondment program and offer these opportunities to students (both articling and summer) when available. Client Events & Conferences: We encourage all students to attend the events we host for our clients.

Mentorship

Each summer student is paired with one junior associate and each articling student is paired with one mid-level associate and one partner. Performance Reviews: To help you identify your strengths and hone your skills, you will receive formal performance reviews throughout your time at Torys in addition to receiving ongoing feedback from those you are working with at the firm.

Why we’re different

We know the fastest way to gain an understanding of the law is by doing. That’s why we designed our student program with flexibility and autonomy in mind, to give you the real-world experience you need to confidently chart your path forward.

Flexibility and autonomy: Our Non-Rotational System

Our non-rotational system allows you to explore all your areas of interest over the course of your summer or articulating term. You can work in as many or as few practice areas of your choosing and gain exposure to a broad cross-section of practice areas and practice styles.

Split Summers

Summer students are welcome to organize their own split-summer opportunities. This needs to be approved, but we always try to be as accommodating as possible.
 

I was impressed by the effort Torys put into pairing students with mentors who were a best match based on their interests, practice areas and personalities.
— Davina Shivratan (2020-2021 Articling Student)

What sets Torys apart?

Members of the firm talk about the student experience and what it is like to grow with and be a part of the Torys team.

 

Thanks to Torys’ non-rotational program, I had the flexibility to work in a wide variety of practice areas. In doing so, I discovered an interest in an area I had never considered practicing in before.
— Ian Farndon (2020-2021 Articling Student)

Our people are our greatest strength. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of what allows the firm to excel. We are committed to diversity in our practice, meaningful community involvement and in the retention and promotion of our lawyers.

Affinity Groups

We have a number of formal affinity groups designed to bring together lawyers and students with shared experiences or backgrounds, and we encourage our students to get involved. Our affinity groups offer further strength to the firm’s support system as well as additional mentoring opportunities and include the Asian Lawyers Group, Black Lawyers Group, LGBTQ2S Lawyers Group, Muslim Lawyers Group, Women in Law and more.

Accessibility

Torys is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible environment for all employees and will provide accommodation where required. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or medical need, please advise Emma Sako.

Sponsorships

We proudly support a number of diversity-centered initiatives and events, including the following.

  • Start Proud conference
  • U of T Women and the Law networking event
  • Black Law Students’ Association of Canada Annual Conference
  • Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association
  • South Asian Law Students’ Association

To learn more about our commitment to diversity, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to submit an application through this online portal. Please include the following in your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Copy of law school transcript
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript
  • Copy of graduate transcript (if applicable)
  • List of Upper Year Courses
  • Non-academic references (optional)

 
Please address your cover letter to:
 

Prospective Toronto and Montréal Students

Emma Sako, Acting Head of Legal Recruitment & Diversity & Inclusion

Torys LLP
79 Wellington St. W., 30th Floor
Box 270, TD South Tower
Toronto, ON M5K 1N2 Canada
 

Prospective Calgary Students

Jocelyn Harris, Director, Professional Resources & Administration

Torys LLP
525 – 8th Avenue S.W., 46th Floor
Eighth Avenue Place East
Calgary, AB T2P 1G1 Canada

We participate in on-campus interviews during the 2L summer student recruitment process that takes place during the fall. After we send you an acknowledgement that we have received your application, we will not be in touch with you again before on-campus interviews. You will be notified by your law school’s career development office if you have been selected for an on-campus interview.

We encourage you to contact our students before your interview to learn more about what it’s like to work at Torys. Our students’ contact information can be found here.

We will be in touch before Call Day to let you know whether we will be contacting you on Call Day to schedule an in-firm interview. We invite all interviewing students to schedule their first interview on Monday*, and we invite all interviewing students to participate in a second interview on Tuesday. Our preference is that all interviewing students meet with us for a first interview on Monday so that we have as much time as possible to get to know each other. We view interview week as a comprehensive three-day process and anticipate that all students invited to participate in our process will meet with us throughout the course of the three days.

Torys views all in-firm interviews and firm events held throughout interview week as valuable opportunities to evaluate candidates. We do not compile our final offer list until after the commencement of the LSO’s mutual black-out period beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. We extend formal offers to those students we want to hire at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Torys does not extend a second round of offers once we receive responses. Should we arrive at a decision at some point during the three day process that we will not be extending an offer to a particular student, we will communicate this information to the student in a timely manner so that the student may use their time to re-focus their efforts on other available opportunities. We run our recruitment process with honesty and integrity and we believe that candid and timely feedback for students is an important element of that process.

We do not expect to receive thank you cards or notes from candidates throughout the course of interview week. If you would like to pass along brief thanks, a call or an email to one of the lawyers you met is more than sufficient.

*Note that the references herein to days of the week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) are applicable to the 2L summer student recruitment process held in early November. For other student recruits regulated by the LSO that fall on days other than Monday to Wednesday, please read Monday as the first day of interview week, Tuesday as the second day of interview week and Wednesday as the final day of interview week.