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Student - Legal Services
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ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE DEPARTMENT :
VIA Rail Canada Inc. (hereinafter “VIA Rail”) is a federal Crown corporation dedicated exclusively to passenger transport. VIA Rail operates trains linking over 400 communities across Canada and transports approximately 4.8 million passengers annually.
Connecting people from one city to the next, coast to coast, VIA Rail and its 3,000 employees work to provide a unique and memorable Canada wide travel experience that is eco friendly, efficient and enjoyable.
VIA Rail brings together people with diverse backgrounds who contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to help achieve the corporation’s vision and strategic objectives. As part of this effort, VIA Rail has undertaken an operational transformation to better serve its customers. This busy and exciting period is conducive to interdisciplinary work and large projects, which are sure to provide a work experience that challenges you to bring your know how to the table.
In this context, VIA Rail is seeking a full-time law student for the Winter 2020 semester who is eager to contribute to its strategic objectives by offering day to day support to the Legal Services department.
THE LAW STUDENT’S DUTIES :
The law student will work closely with all team members by offering ongoing support to the company’s various business units. The student will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of various areas of law, particularly business law, general commercial law, consumer protection, the protection of personal information, civil liability, transportation law, human rights (accessibility on board trains) and IT law.
The student will also have the opportunity to apply legal knowledge in a real life commercial context and to follow projects from beginning to end, since we favour the agile method.
The student’s responsibilities will include:
• Conducting legal research and drafting memos
• Analyzing and revising model contracts in order to update certain provisions and bring them in line with applicable laws and regulations as well as recent case law
• Supporting VIA Rail’s lawyers in various strategic projects, in collaboration with the organization’s business units
• Helping prepare documents for meetings of the Board of Directors
• Collaborating on developing the company’s governance best practices
• Taking part in handling certain litigation files, particularly in terms of gathering and analyzing evidence
• Participating in client meetings
To succeed in this challenging position, you must be in the process of obtaining your Bachelor of Laws, obviously have a good academic record, be able to efficiently multi task, manage competing deadlines and work independently, and have excellent organizational skills, good judgment and a strong work ethic. Bilingualism (English and French), both oral and written, is also required.
Salary to be discussed based on experience and scholarship.
WORK ENVIRONMENT :
VIA Rail has been welcoming law students since many years and the experience has proved to be enriching for both VIA Rail and the students who have participated.
Throughout this internship, the student may share some duties with a student from another university, giving both interns a chance to hone their teamwork skills and divide tasks up between them according to their interests.
The student will be part of a well structured team of 15 people, including 6 lawyers with very diverse profiles who will meet regularly with the student to offer guidance. The student will also participate in several team meetings, gaining an excellent overall understanding of the company’s activities and of the strategic role played by the Legal Services department.
The position is located at the Corporation’s headquarters in downtown Montreal.