Job Title: Articling Student
Compensation: $46,000 salary plus benefits, professional dues, and opportunities for continuing professional development
Start Date: September 2020
Employment Type: Full-time; Term Position (12 months)
Are you passionate about using your law degree to create change? Are you motivated to make our province a more inclusive and equitable place? Do your values align with intersectional feminism? Are you interested in a unique articling experience with a dynamic and nationally recognized non-profit organization?
If so, we’d love to hear from you!
West Coast LEAF is hiring an articling student to begin in September 2020, working with us full-time (37.5 hours / week) for a 12-month term. Applications for this position are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
Founded in 1985, West Coast LEAF is a BC-based legal advocacy organization. Our mandate is to use the law to create an equal and just society for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination using the tools of litigation, law reform and public legal education informed by community outreach and engagement. We apply an intersectional and inclusive feminist lens to our work seeking to transform society across six issue-areas: access to healthcare; access to justice; economic security; freedom from gender-based violence; justice for those who are criminalized; and the right to parent.
We have a small, but determined, staff team. We aim to create an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive work environment. We value work-life balance.
West Coast LEAF’s work takes place on traditional, ancestral and unceded lands belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl ̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We understand that many of us are uninvited guests on these lands and we take responsibility for learning and seeking long-term transformation in our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
About the position
You will work closely with in-house and external counsel on systemic litigation, public legal education, and law reform work across our six issues-areas. Under the supervision of your principal (the Director of Litigation) and working closely with all staff lawyers, you will assist with and conduct litigation primarily in the areas of constitutional law, family law, child protection and administrative law. You will also conduct legal research and prepare policy position statements, briefing notes, submissions and other materials to engage decision-makers and shape public understanding of gender justice, playing a key role in West Coast LEAF’s advocacy and education efforts outside the court process.
West Coast LEAF is committed to the health and safety of our staff members and volunteers, as well as our community as a whole. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staff members are currently working remotely. As circumstances evolve, we anticipate that the articling student will do a combination of remote-based and in-person work, subject to public health orders and guidance, West Coast LEAF’s own policies and protocols, and the articling student’s individual health needs.
When assessing applications, we strongly consider a demonstrated commitment to social change work, including through community involvement, work, and/or life experience.
West Coast LEAF is committed to making our work and our workplace more inclusive, equitable, and accessible. We especially encourage applications from members of communities who have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal profession, including Indigenous people; racialized people; trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people; Two-Spirit people; LGBQ+ people; and people with disabilities. We welcome applicants to self-identify in their cover letter.
Applications are due by Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm and will be assessed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please submit the following materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application for Articling Position 2020-2021”:
- Cover letter (addressed to Kate Feeney, Director of Litigation)
- Law school transcripts (unofficial are fine)
- Legal writing sample of no more than 15 pages (excerpts are fine)
- Names and contact information for three references (please do not send reference letters)
While we appreciate all interest in the position, due the numbers of applications we receive, we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. We anticipate that we will conduct all interviews via videoconference.
West Coast LEAF is grateful to the Law Foundation of British Columbia for their generous support in funding this opportunity.