The Opportunity

New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

McInnes Cooper is currently recruiting for both 1st year law students (all offices) and 1st and 2nd year law students (Halifax).

What you'll do


At McInnes Cooper, our students are given the opportunity to gain first hand exposure to the life of a practicing lawyer in a busy law firm. Students are assigned to a specific team of lawyers for each month of the summer and depending on their areas of interest, they will have exposure to business, litigation, and labour and employment law. Students will not only receive exposure to what goes on inside the doors of a law firm, they will also have the opportunity to attend court and client meetings.

Students will be trained and mentored by the members of our firm, and will work on building skills in the areas that are essential to eventually being a great lawyer. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the potential to succeed in the various skill areas that lead to being a great lawyer. Specifically, we are looking for candidates with solid analytical skills, time management / organization skills, a client service orientation, and candidates who demonstrate leadership skills and initiative. Students are encouraged to demonstrate what they bring to the table in these areas. At McInnes Cooper we value diversity and inclusion, and seek out candidates who bring diversity of experience, perspectives and styles.

We welcome applications from all students who are looking for a well rounded, skill-building experience!

We're looking for

Core Skills

Solid analytical Organization Skills Superior Client Service Time management skills Strong leadership

A little bit about us

McInnes Cooper

About MC

McInnes Cooper is among the 25 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John's, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Charlottetown. With nearly 200 lawyers and over 250 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal and business services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.

MC Culture

Collective Social Responsibility

We are recognized as a leader and innovator amongst Canadian law firms in the field of Collective Social Responsibility. Our people are concerned citizens who enjoy giving back. Together, we focus on developing ongoing partnerships with community organizations that do amazing work, often despite limited resources and public awareness. As a firm, we have the ability to respond with contributions of time and monetary support, and our people give generously of their skills and effort.

Pro Bono Legal Services

Through our Pro Bono Program, we provide legal counsel to disadvantaged people and organizations that have difficulty gaining access to justice on matters of public interest.

Environmental Stewardship

Like any large organization, our operations leave a footprint on the environmental. From paper use and waste production to transportation and energy consumption, we continually look for opportunities to minimize that impact.

Diversity & inclusion

We recognize that our individual differences make us a stronger, more adaptable law firm. We embrace these differences and give all of our members the opportunity to develop their unique skills and talents.

Our People

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Applicants are only asked to attach a cover letter, resume, under-grad transcript and law school marks (if available) and complete the mandatory questions at the end of the application. Please leave all other sections blank (work experience, education and skills).

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