The BOYNECLARKE LLP Summer Student Program is unique among law firms in the region. Instead of working in the law firm for the entire summer, our students have the opportunity to be paid by us, at a salary competitive with other large firms in HRM, but the student will actually work for a non-profit organization in the area.
How does this happen you might ask? The organizations submit proposals to the firm and these proposals are vetted to ensure the work offered is appropriate for the students and meets the goals of the program. The students are then provided with a list of approved organizations to choose from. We know that many students are already keenly involved in the community, therefore, there is also always the opportunity for a student to bring a proposal to us for an organization they are already involved in and who would benefit from our support.
The BOYNECLARKE LLP Summer Student Program has been running for a number of years and has proven to be an extraordinary success. Our students develop not only a strong sense of community and “giving back” which is essential to a career as a lawyer, but they are also given an early opportunity to network and become a part of their larger community.
Additionally, the Summer Student Program was honoured in 2010 with a Gold Award at the Lexpert Zenith Awards in the category of “Pro Bono by Law School Student or Students”. In 2011, it was the program that particularly impressed Atlantic Business Magazine’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award judges, who chose BOYNECLARKE LLP as one of the Philanthropy / Community Outreach winners.
Past participating organizations include:
- Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
- Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
- Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
- Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia
- Sport Nova Scotia
- Phoenix Youth Programs
- Eastern Front Theatre
- The Duke of Edinburgh Awards
- Basketball Nova Scotia
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Halifax Refugee Clinic
- Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia
- Halifax Association for Community Living
- Metro Community Housing Association
- Shelter Nova Scotia (formerly Saint Leonard’s Society of NS)
- Nova Scotia Nature Trust
- WWF – Canada
- Elizabeth Fry Society
- Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
- East Coast Environmental Law