The British Columbia Law Institute offers 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 are particularly interested in 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.

BCLI periodically hires research assistants and research lawyers. From time to time, BCLI also offers summer positions for law students and, subject to funding, may offer articling opportunities. Please contact Executive Director Kathleen Cunningham by phone at 604-822-0145 or by e-mail at if you are interested in a full-, part-time, or student position.

Summer Student Legal Research Opportunity

The BCLI and CCEL have opportunities for Legal Research Assistants on a full-time basis during the months of May through August 2018.

Successful candidate(s) will carry out legal research, analysis and writing. Researchers report generally to the Executive Director and specifically to Staff Lawyers on particular projects as assigned.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting Staff Lawyers, and researchers in relation to ongoing law reform projects through legal research and writing;
  • Assisting the Executive Director of BCLI and National Director of CCEL as required in carrying our mission;
  • Carrying out legal research and writing;
  • Preparation of blog posts;
  • Attending meetings of project committees, taking notes and assisting in preparation of materials and minutes relating to such meetings;
  • Analyzing and preparing summaries of law reform materials for inclusion in our law reform database; and
  • Providing administrative support and carrying out other tasks in support of BCLI and CCEL as requested. 

Starting and ending dates are negotiable.  



  • strong research skills;
  • excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • strong organizational skills
  • proficient at Word and Excel;
  • 2nd language skills desirable (especially French; also Chinese, Punjabi);
  • familiarity with social media platforms an asset;
  • good oral communication skills;
  • interest in elder law or older adult rights 


  • time management;
  • prioritizing and organization;
  • ability to manage multiple assignments 

Level of Studies Completed:

  • 2nd year law;
  •  Advance legal research coursework desirable

Applications should be submitted to Kathleen Cunningham, Executive Director, by email to by April 16, 2018. The application package should include:

Submitting an Application

  • a cover letter with expression of interest;
  • a resume;
  • record of law school and undergraduate courses and marks; and
  • a sample of the applicant’s legal writing which demonstrates experience in legal research and analysis (five pages maximum).

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