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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.

Available Positions:

Research Lawyer and Research Assistant Opportunities
Deadline to apply: March 29, 2019

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) are recruiting for Student Research Assistants and Research Lawyers for full-time or part-time contracts with opportunities to commence work in mid to late April 2019.    

These opportunities are suitable for 2nd and 3rd year law students, law graduates and junior lawyers who are interested in full-time temporary or part-time work primarily involving legal research, analysis, and writing.  Researchers report generally to the Executive Director and specifically to Staff Lawyers on projects.

All contractors will carry out their work at the BCLI offices at Allard School of Law or other location as agreed.  Start and end dates are negotiable within limits. 

Submitting an Application

The application package should include:

  • a cover letter with expression of interest and indicating preference for full time or part time contract and any restrictions on availability;
  • a résumé
  • record of law school marks; and if available, undergraduate courses and marks
  • a sample of the applicant’s legal writing which demonstrates experience in legal research and analysis (five pages maximum).

Applications should be delivered as email attachments directed to Kathleen Cunningham, Executive Director at kcunningham@bcli.org with a copy to bcli@bcli.org.

If e-mail delivery is not practical, then please deliver by mail or by hand to the BCLI office: 
Room 321 – 1822 East Mall, Allard School of Law, UBC

Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

PLEASE NOTE: All applications will be acknowledged. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted further.

Full-time or Part-time Research Assistant Contract

One full-time or up to two part-time Research Assistant contracts will be based on a contract for all or part of the period May 1, 2019 to August 30, 2019.

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;
  • 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.

Preference will be given to students and graduates from BC law schools, applicants with relevant non-legal and/or legal experience in the areas of our current work, emerging areas of private law, legal issues affecting older Canadians, and/or research experience across areas of the law, and those who have completed a course in Advanced Legal Research.

 

Part-time Research Lawyer Contract

Part-time Research Lawyer contract or contracts will be based on a contract commencing immediately for a number of months to be negotiated.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting Staff Lawyer, 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;
  • 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.

Rate of pay will be subject to experience and funding restrictions.

Preference will be given to BC or Canadian trained lawyers and lawyers with relevant legal and non-legal experience in the areas of our current work, emerging areas of private law, legal issues affecting older Canadians, and/or research experience across areas of the law.  


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