The summer experience is designed to provide incoming students with exposure to all of the practice areas we service and, as a result, summer students will have the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills in a number of practice areas.

McKenzie Lake hires four to five law students to participate in the summer experience, which runs from May through August.

2024 Summer Experience Timeline:

  • January 22, 2024 – Application packages due at McKenzie Lake by 5:00 p.m.
  • February 1, 2024 – Successful applicants will be contacted after 8:00 a.m. to schedule interviews.
  • February 12-14, 2024 – Interviews will take place.
  • February 15, 2024 – Offers will be made starting at 8:00 a.m.

Please see the application process for further information.

What We Look For

We seek students with integrity, a keen desire to learn, and a passion and enthusiasm for law.


For the 2023 term, Summer students will receive a weekly salary of $800.00.

Training and Professional Development

We are committed to the ongoing professional development of our students. During your first week at the firm, you will participate in an extensive orientation program comprised of technical and systems training, working lunches with lawyers from each practice group, and introductory seminars focusing on file management, docketing, client communication, court processes, oral advocacy and legal research and writing. You will also be introduced to your mentors, a junior and a senior lawyer who will be available to you throughout your summer experience and who will provide guidance on practice-related matters.

Other Experiences

In addition to rewarding legal work, we believe in providing students with a well-rounded experience and, therefore, students will also have the opportunity to attend:

  • firm sponsored and/or charitable events;
  • client events and business development meetings, and;
  • firm gatherings and socials.

Other Benefits

  • two paid vacation days
  • paid parking


If you have any questions regarding the summer experience or application process, please contact Lisa Fraser by calling 519-672-5666.  If you are interested in joining our team, forward your application to

Meet Our 2023 Summer Students