Job Title: Articling Student

Compensation: $44,000 salary plus benefits, professional dues, and opportunities for continuing professional development

Start Dates: September 2018 (1 position); September 2019 (1 position)

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 two articling students. One position is for 2018-2019 and begins September 2018, and the other is for 2019-2020 and will begin in the fall of 2019. Both positions are full-time, 12-month articling terms. Applications for the 2018-2019 position are due by 5:00 pm on June 1; applications for the 2019-2020 position are due by 5:00 pm on June 29.

Download the PDF job posting. 


About us:

Founded in 1985, West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (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. In collaboration with community, we use litigation, law reform, and public legal education in support of a more inclusive and equitable society. We work 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 incarcerated; 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 xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We understand that many of us are uninvited guests on these territories, 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 issue-areas. Under the supervision of your principal 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, and other materials to engage decision-makers, and play a key role in West Coast LEAF’s advocacy efforts outside the court process. Finally, you will support the development of public legal education materials.

The 2018-2019 articling position beginning September 2018 is open to applicants who have completed law school and are looking to begin articles as soon as possible. The 2019-2020 articling position beginning in the fall of 2019 is open to applicants entering their final year of law school.

We are committed to making our work and our workplace more inclusive, equitable, and accessible. We especially encourage applications from individuals who have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal profession, including Indigenous persons; racialized persons; trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary persons; Two Spirit persons; LGBQ+ persons; and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter.


To Apply:

Applications for the September 2018 start are due by 5:00 pm on June 1, 2018; applications for the 2019-2020 position are due by 5:00 pm on June 29, 2018.

Submit the following materials combined into one PDF via email to careers@westcoastleaf.org with the subject line “Application for Articling Position” and indicate in the subject line whether you are applying for the 2018-2019 position or the 2019-2020 position.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (addressed to Raji Mangat, 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 note that applications for the 2019-2020 position will follow the interviewing and offer process set by the Vancouver Bar Association: https://vancouverbar.ca/student-guidelines/.

While we appreciate all interest in the position, due to the numbers of applications we receive, we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

West Coast LEAF would like to thank the Law Foundation of British Columbia for their generous support.