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Summer Law Student Program

  • Revised: December 2010
  • Content last reviewed: December 2010

The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Government Services summer law programs operate in partnership with Ontario law schools. Each branch is looking for students who are interested in litigation and have a demonstrated interest in labour, employment and/or health and safety law. Specifically, students should have an interest in quasi-criminal prosecutions and/or advocacy before administrative tribunals.

The Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Labour (MOL) is a centre of expertise for occupational health and safety, employment standards, labour relations, workplace insurance and pay equity law. Our workplace is collegial and welcoming and we work hard to foster an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the people we serve. The branch also prides itself on a strong mentorship and orientation program.

The lawyers prosecute offences under MOL statutes, defend orders of Ministry inspectors and officers in administrative appeals and represent the Ministry at Coroner's inquests. The lawyers also act as counsel on legislation and regulatory projects, prepare opinions and provide legal support for Ministry policy and operational initiatives.

The MOL summer law program provides an inter-disciplinary perspective on labour, employment and health and safety law through a two rotation system: each student will spend part of the summer in the legal branch and part of the summer in another branch at the MOL (e.g. policy and program development or operations) or with an administrative board or tribunal (e.g. the Ontario Labour Relations Board or the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal).

Please visit the Ministry of the Attorney General's Articling and Summer Student Program website for available positions and application requirements.