Articling Student of Law

  • University of British Columbia
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Dec 10, 2017
Contract Articling Student

Job Description

Job ID:   28454                                   Location: Vancouver - Point Grey Campus   Employment Group:   Excluded M&P   Job Category:   Unassigned   Classification Title:   Articling Student   Business Title:   Articling Student   VP/Faculty:   Peter A. Allard School of Law   Department:   Peter A. Allard School of Law   Salary Range:   $43,833.00 (minimum) - $52,619.00 (midpoint) - $63,142.00 (maximum)         Full/Part Time: Full-Time           Desired Start Date:   2018/02/01     Job End Date:   2019/01/31   Funding Type:   Grant Funded         Closing Date:   2017/12/15   Available Openings:   1                       Return to Previous Page             Guiding principle:  "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.                 Job Summary         The Peter A. Allard School of Law, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) exists for two purposes: first, to provide free legal services to the Indigenous community in the Downtown Eastside, and second, to provide legal education to law students in the Allard School of Law. By joining the ICLC, students interested in advocacy, social justice and Indigenous peoples can gain practical experience and make a meaningful contribution to a historically underserved and marginalized community. Working at the ICLC gives students practical hands-on experience managing client files and making court appearances.

The ICLC is seeking to hire one articling student to start May 10, 2017. Applicants must have successfully completed ICLC program and be a graduate of Allard School of Law (or UBC Law in past).
    Organizational Status         The Articling Student will take direction from the ICLC Directors and supervising lawyers. The Articling student will also support the work of and interact with ICLC legal assistants, pro-bono lawyers, up to 7 law students, community participants, volunteers and affiliates as required.     Work Performed         LEGAL CLIENT SERVICES
- Explain the function of the ICLC to people who contact the Clinic by telephone or walk in.
- Interview potential clients by phone or in person. Triage indigenous peoples into the legal support services offered within the program.
- Compile and review client intake forms with supervising lawyers in order to assist in determining whether the ICLC can offer assistance, should open a client file, and the scope of work that will be involved.
- Research and organize information, assist in the provision of letters for clients containing instructions on obtaining adjournments from the court.

- Compile legal research on files at the ICLC by researching appropriate case law and legislation, as well searching and compiling through relevant legal research manuals and databases.
- Assist in the preparation of legal factums, legal opinion letters, and research memoranda based on legal research for review of the ICLC Directors and supervising lawyers.
- Reviews Reports to Crown Counsel and disclosure from police officers for cases as needed.

- File and service legal documents including affidavits, Applications, Civil Pleadings, Letters of Administration, Notices of Motion, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Requisitions, and Wills.
- Assist in preparing and filing trial books, books of authorities, and books of evidence.

- Assist supervising lawyers in court to provide legal services for clients on bylaw infractions
- Assist supervising lawyers to provide advocacy on specific Indigenous clients in First Nations Courts.

- Organizes client calendars and meetings as necessary.
- Organizes internal databases, legal precedents, and templates as necessary.
    Supervision Received         ICLC Directors and supervising lawyers.     Supervision Given         None.     Consequence of Error/Judgement         Errors in judgments during the intake process could result in the client being without legal representation. Failure to report errors could result in ta client not receiving adequate representation. Failure to be sensitive to Indigenous issues and culture could result in alienation of clients or students and of the Indigenous community, resulting in loss of credibility of program.     Qualifications         Applicants must have successfully completed the ICLC program and be a graduate of Allard School of Law (or UBC Law in past). .  - Superior research and writing skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with minimal supervision.
- Ability to communicate and relate to Indigenous people and their communities.
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple, simultaneous tasks, prioritizing and meeting deadlines effectively.
- Ability to work in a team environment and to take instructions.
- Ability to use own initiative and make independent decisions.
- Ability to draft routine correspondence. Ability to organize workload, identify urgent work items, and set priorities.
- Ability to cope with a heavy workload.
- Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to deal with distressed, demanding and/or hostile clients.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people including those with low incomes, physical/emotional disabilities, limited literacy, or otherwise disadvantaged.
- Ability to exercise empathy and to assist disadvantaged clients, including those with mental disabilities, those with low income, or those whose first language is not English.
- Ability to exercise sensitivity to aboriginal people's issues.
- A demonstrated awareness of the Indigenous community's cultural diversity.
- Ability to exercise a high level of professionalism.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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