Interning at McInnes Cooper seems to be unlike the internships that other SHADs have received. Rather than programming or directly helping out in the community, I, along with 3 other SHADs, was placed in a law firm.
McInnes Cooper is among the 20 largest business law firms in Canada, with offices in Moncton, Charlottetown, Calgary, Saint John, St. John’s, Fredericton, and Halifax. McInnes Cooper lawyers have been recognized as “leading practitioners” by Lexpert Magazine, ranking in the “Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” and the “Best Lawyers in Canada”.
Before McInnes Cooper, I was clueless about the world of law. However, as my internship draws to a close, I can safely say that I’ve learned so much more about what it means to be a lawyer. For example, criminal law, an area of law widely broadcasted through the media, only takes up about 5% of law as a whole, and that the majority lies in corporate law.
As an intern, I do not help with any legal cases; instead, the four of us are split into two teams, one working on Project Management, the other on Collective Social Responsibility (CSR). Together with Liam Starratt, a UCalgary SHAD from Amherst, Nova Scotia, I am working on CSR at McInnes Cooper. We work on a variety of projects, from client research to making posters and videos for CSR initiatives, as well as internal network write-ups. Interning at McInnes Cooper has been fun, educational, and a great experience overall.