Legal Assistant

  • BC Public Service
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Feb 08, 2020
Full time Legal Assistant

Job Description

Legal Assistant
Clerk Stenographer R11

This position is excluded from union membership.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens, per the Public Service Act. We welcome and encourage applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, person of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service.

This posting is for a permanent position that is currently vacant in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law Group. An eligibility list may be established for future permanent or temporary opportunities within the Vancouver Office (including the Civil Litigation Group).

A career-building opportunity for a talented administrative professional

The Attorney General is the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and is charged with ensuring that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. The Ministry of Attorney General is structured to carry out this mandate under the direction of the Attorney General, and Legal Services Branch (LSB) supports the Ministry in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. LSB provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. LSB’s clients include all ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.

This position currently provides support to legal counsel in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group (LEHR) and may also be required to provide support to lawyers in other practice groups who are located in Vancouver.

Legal Counsel in the LEHR Law Group are also responsible for appearing on behalf of the Attorney General of British Columbia and Her Majesty the Queen in right of the Province of British Columbia before various levels of court, administrative tribunals as well as provide opinion and advice work with respect to Labour, Employment, Human Rights, Teacher Regulation, Private Training Institutions and the Liquor Distribution Branch.

As a Legal Assistant, you will provide administrative and secretarial assistance to legal counsel within the Barristers and/or Solicitors Divisions of the Legal Services Branch. This is a multifaceted position which includes duties such as:

    • Compiling and organizing pleadings and books in proper form pursuant to Practice Directives and Rules that govern the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada and various administrative tribunals; coordinating, and scheduling hearings of interlocutory applications, injunctions, examinations for discovery, pre-trial applications, trials, and appeals.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills, the ability to prioritize, along with flexibility in responding to shifting work demands are required. The successful candidate will also have a keen attention to detail, as well as exceptional proofreading and editing skills.
    • Maintaining a physical and electronic filing system.
    • You must possess effective communication skills, be collaborative team player, be able to take initiative appropriately, and able to work independently under pressure.

If you are seeking to gain valuable experience to advance your administrative career in a dynamic environment, we look forward to your application.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

The BC Public Service is an inclusive and accessible employer. Please advise the hiring manager if any accommodations are required to assist you to ensure equitable participation.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Secondary school graduation or equivalent. Completion of a Legal Office Administrative Assistant program from a recognized institution, or equivalent knowledge and experience in a legal environment.
  • Experience in an administrative/secretarial position.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with 2 or more years' experience in a legal environment.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with a litigation background.
  • Experience in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, Internet and other standard computer applications in MS Office.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter required: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume required: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.


Practice Area(s)

Legal Assistant