Externship Seminar

Note: 2 credits (ungraded) per term

Conditional enrolment - See details on how to register below.

This section of this externship is for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: Students enrolled in year-long externships must participate in the fall term Externship Seminar.

Learning objectives:
This externship will provide students with the opportunity to examine issues that arise in the course of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and proceed to litigation. The course will be based on a hypothetical problem drafted by the instructors but modelled on a real case.

Placement Activities:
Students will meet with the instructors periodically through the academic year and will be expected to draft memoranda, factums and other submissions. In addition to becoming familiar with the legal issues in the case, students will:

  • gain exposure to process issues that arise in the course of M&A litigation;
  • develop and refine arguments in anticipation of M&A litigation;
  • undertake legal research and writing with regards to M&A litigation; and,
  • hone their skills in effective written and oral advocacy.
  • develop their communication skills,
  • learn to effectively communicate and negotiate with opposing counsel on complex M&A litigation matters.

Students will be expected to attend the mandatory seminar for all students enrolled in externships. They will also be expected to devote on average 10 hours per week to the externship, with specific work hours to be determined on an individual basis. Note that the weekly time commitment is likely to fluctuate over the term. Some weeks may involve a significantly greater time commitment, whereas other weeks may involve significantly less.

The instructors will provide regular oral and written feedback on student's work over the course of the term. In addition, the instructors will schedule seminars on several Friday mornings, to be held at Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. W. 33rd Floor and may also invite other experts on topics related to the work involved in the externship.

Students interested in enrolling the externship should send a brief (500 word) statement of interest and a résumé to Sara Faherty at by the deadline for course selection before the lottery.

Note:  Enrollment in this clinic is conditional. The Records Office will add the clinic to the student's course selection once participation is confirmed by the clinic instructor. In the meantime, students must select sufficient credits for the term/year. Students approved for the clinic will have the opportunity to adjust their credits before the add/drop deadline.

Satisfactory completion of the externship, including the submission of the required assignments, evaluations and logs, earns four ungraded credits (two per term). The faculty supervisor assesses, in consultation with the field supervisor, whether the requirements for earning credit have been met.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

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