Canada’s training ground for IP excellence
Each year across our offices, we hire a few well-rounded law students who are driven, intellectually curious and team-oriented, with business acumen, a passion for IP law and a strong academic record. If you have exceptional skills, are interested in the law and wish to build a career in IP, you’ve come to the right place.
Be a part of our success in IP
At Smart & Biggar, you’ll enjoy an experience that you won’t find at other firms. You will work directly with partners and associates on real cases from our high-profile roster of clients, and will quickly gain unparalleled experience in all areas of IP and IP-related litigation.
Your experience at Smart & Biggar won't be like anywhere else. We provide a friendly and well-rounded learning experience that includes a great supportive firm culture, fun social events and reasonable hours compared to other top firms.
Working side by side with partners and associates of our firm, you will have an opportunity to work on the most complex and important IP matters in the country, gain access to Canada’s leading IP lawyers, and work in a team-based environment to solve real clients' most pressing IP issues.
Our comprehensive Law Student training program encompasses all aspects of IP, and runs each year from May to August. Each week, a partner or associate will deliver a 1-2 hour learning module with a different IP-related theme. Over the course of the summer, you will be exposed to a broad range of IP-related topics, helping you to determine where you wish to focus for the future.
At Smart & Biggar, you will customize your career path, and we will provide training and financial support to assist you if you choose to become a licensed patent and/or trademark agent.
Why do our clients choose us?
Our clients feel confident when they hire and work with us. They understand and appreciate the sophisticated service and advice that we provide to our clients, and that we have deep experience in all areas of IP---whether it is filing more patent applications than any firm in Canada, being Canada’s dominant IP litigation firm, or leveraging and maximizing the value of IP for many of Canada’s and the world’s most interesting clients.
Why should you choose us?
Throughout the history of our firm, students have come to Smart & Biggar feeling confident that they've made the right choice, a choice that will put them in a position where they have the autonomy to choose their own path and build their leadership potential alongside the best of the best in IP law.
The IP law journey begins here
You're ready to challenge yourself, prepared to learn and achieve, and eager to be mentored in a market leading firm where you can make a significant difference. Do all this—and much more—at Smart & Biggar. We invite you to apply to join our team.
Students seeking summer or articling positions are encouraged to submit an application at any time directly to Smart & Biggar or apply during university recruitment cycles through the viLaw Portal.