The IBTL Firm Funded Summer Internship affords law students enrolled at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law an opportunity to gain exposure to both private legal practice and scholarly exposure to international business and trade law during the summer following their second year of law school.  Students spend part of the summer (usually the first part) working at the sponsoring firm, and another portion (4-8 weeks) working for a professor in the area of international business and trade law.  The exposure to private practice and academic research is intended to contribute to the student’s exposure to and understanding of the interface between these areas.

How does it work?

Students spend part of the summer working at a law firm (typically the first part) and part of the summer as a research assistant under the supervision of a faculty member (from 4-8 weeks depending on the firm).  While students are working at the sponsoring law firm, they are integrated fully into the law firm's summer program and are included in social and other events held by the law firm during the summer.  Each sponsoring law firm remunerates its Summer Internship students for the duration of the entire summer.  A list of sponsoring firms is available in UTLawcareers.ca (password-protected).

During the "scholarly" component of the summer, each student works closely with an approved full-time faculty member who is engaged in research in the international business and trade law area.  In most cases, students provide a faculty member with research assistance on a topic that the faculty member is investigating.  In a few exceptional cases, a student may be given permission to pursue a research topic of his or her own choice under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students who participate in the Summer Internship Program are expected to endeavour to prepare or help in the preparation of an article for publication that is based on their summer research. 

For details about the application and approval process, please go to the Firm-Funded Summer Internship Programs:  How to Apply page.

Which Faculty members are participating in the IBTL Firm Funded Summer Internship Program?

Students seeking to participate in the International Business and Trade Law Firm Funded Internship must work with an approved full-time faculty member.  For a list of approved faculty with which students may work, please contact the Director of the Career Development Office at the University of Toronto.

What kind of experience will I gain as an intern?

International business and trade law encompasses international conventions and rulings, domestic laws and regulations, and practices of both international and domestic agencies as they impact upon transactions executed across international boundaries.  Although there are some areas of international business and trade law, such as international trade rules that are exclusively within the domain of international law, most areas of international business and trade law straddle the domestic and international legal spheres. For instance, securities law, commercial and contract law, tax law, corporate law, bankruptcy and insolvency law, labour law and intellectual property law all have both domestic and international dimensions, and consequently fall within the ambit of international business and trade law.