Student Program

Your Growth

We want you to grow with us! We are committed to investing in your career and we want to support your success. Below are a handful of the many opportunities for personal and career growth available to our students.

Continuing Education. The professional development of our lawyers and students is guided by our continuing legal education program known as UniversiTorys, 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. UniversiTorys is 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.

Flexibility + Autonomy

We know the fastest way to gain an understanding of the law is by doing, which is why we have designed our student program to be flexible and give you the real-world experience you need to confidently chart your career path.

Non-Rotational System. Our non-rotational system is very flexible and 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.

“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)

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.