West Coast LEAF envisions 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 to make change. In particular, we aim to transform society by achieving: access to healthcare; access to justice; economic security; freedom from gender-based violence; justice for those who are criminalized; and the right to parent.


Job Title

Legal Intern


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Law Reform, the Legal Intern will undertake a series of legal research and writing projects relating to West Coast LEAF’s programs and activities. These include:

  • Researching and drafting case summaries, case proposals, research memoranda, submissions, and position statements on a number of important equality and human rights cases and issues;
  • Assisting in litigation-related tasks and activities, such as file review, preparing court documents, and correspondence;
  • Assisting in law reform project work, such as organizing consultations, focus groups, and colloquia;
  • Monitoring and analyzing proposed and existing legislation and policy for its impacts on women and gender, and assisting staff to advocate for change where necessary;
  • Providing research and support for West Coast LEAF’s public legal education programs; and
  • Researching and writing in support of other projects and issues as they emerge over the summer.



This is a full-time term position: 37.5 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, for 14 weeks, between May and August 2019. Start and end dates are flexible and will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate.


Terms of the position

We encourage all interested law students to apply. Preference will be given to upper-year law students, and to students with a demonstrated interest and background in gender equality, human rights, and social justice, as well as students with advanced legal research and writing skills. Applicants are encouraged to highlight these and other relevant aspects of their experience in their cover letters.

West Coast LEAF is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion within its community, and in the legal profession more broadly. We especially welcome applications from members of communities who have been traditionally under-represented in the legal profession, including Indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, and persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.



$21.50/hour (inclusive of vacation pay)


To Apply

A complete application includes a PDF of your (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample of no more than 15 pages (excerpts are fine), and (4) copy of transcripts (unofficial are fine). Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for two references.

Applications are to be submitted by email to careers@westcoastleaf.org by Friday, February 22, 2019. Please indicate in the subject heading that the application is for the Legal Intern Summer 2019 Placement.


Please address your cover letter to:

Elba Bendo

Director of Law Reform

555-409 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2


While we appreciate all interest in the position, due to the numbers of applications we receive, we will only be contacting short-listed candidates.


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