Work or Volunteer With Us

Work With Us

The British Columbia Law Institute and Canadian Centre for Elder Law offer a challenging and stimulating environment for lawyers, graduates of law school, and law students interested in law reform specifically and public interest law generally. We seek candidates with a solid background in legal research and outreach to the legal profession, communities engaged in law reform, older adults, and the general public.

Periodically we hire law students and graduate students as research assistants during the summer. When funding permits, we also hire University of Victoria Law co-op students during the fall and/or winter terms. These positions are posted on our website and are advertised through the BC law school Career Services Offices.

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Student volunteers and Pro Bono Students Canada

From time to time BCLI or CCEL have projects that require volunteer assistance for a period of time. We engage law students and university students with an interest in law reform and/or elder law. These students have assisted with events, mail-outs, transcriptions, translations, data management and analysis and other jobs, depending on their skills.  

Students interested in volunteering are invited to forward a resume with a cover email indicating when the months they are available to volunteer and the number of hours and/or days they are available.  Expressions of interest are kept on file and reviewed when opportunities arise.

We often offer opportunities to BC law students through Pro Bono Students Canada. Interested law students connect to us through their local PBSC office.

Join our board

BCLI has a 16 member board of directors. 10 are appointed by outside bodies. The Law Society of BC, the Attorney General and the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch each appoint two directors. Vacancies are posted and an application process is required. The Society of Notaries Public and the deans of the three law schools each appoint one director.  These directors then appoint 5 members at large. A 6th member at large is appointed and is typically not from a legal background. In June and November each year, the nominating committee of the board makes recommendations for appointment of the members at large, taking into consideration expertise and skills sought to ensure a well-rounded board.  

BCLI does not have a formal application process for member at large appointments.  Individuals interested in being considered for appointment are invited to send a cover letter and resume/CV highlighting the skills, experience, and expertise that they can offer the board, and confirm that the time commitments involved have been reviewed and can be met. Expressions of interest should be sent to

NOTE: The board is a volunteer board and appointments are generally for 3 years with up to one renewal for a maximum of 6 years unless the member is on the executive or a project committee.