My internship as the media intern at Canadian Lawyer/Law Times was beneficial to me, as a journalist with an interest in law. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn about the complex particularities of the legal system in Canada, I was able to network with lawyers and journalists in the field. The responsibilities I had ranged from independent story writing, to tasks meant to support larger stories or websites being completed by more senior staff. All-in-all, it was a beneficial experience.
Canadian Lawyer 2
Practice. Precision. Perfection. If these words intimidate you, stop now. My placement at Thomson Reuters (Canadian Lawyer) was eye-opening. I had to learn the law quickly and write flawlessly. I had tedious tasks of sending 50 emails some days and creating Excel spreadsheets for ongoing research projects and future features.
But, I learned a lot and I had an amazing team to support me in every last query. My supervisors were tough, but fair. And those are the best ones. On day one, it felt like I was a part of a family. I met lawyers, I covered legal events, I was published, and through it all, I had a comfortable desk, and convenient commute. I got to live my dream job for six weeks, and I am a lot more confident and prepared for the future.
Canadian Lawyer 1
During my time with Canadian Lawyer, Legal Feeds and Law Times I felt very welcome and was treated as an employee, not just an intern. Getting the opportunity to work for three different publications was very valuable — I never found myself sitting idly. They gave me room to explore my own ideas, pitch stories and go out on my own and report. I did not feel stifled there, which is very important. The internship really helped me improve my pitching skills. Leaving Canadian Lawyer, I felt confident that I had made contacts within the publication to look to for pitching freelance pieces. I was published online and in Law Times, a newspaper for lawyers.
Depending on where you live, it can be a long commute.