Careers

Summer Law Student (2017)

The Law Society of British Columbia is hiring up to two law students this summer to assist assigned departments with special projects.

Depending on the assigned department and project, responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

Description of Responsibilities

  • Conducting legal, policy and general research and preparing legal memoranda.
  • Attending hearings and committee meetings and assisting with the preparation of materials for the meetings.
  • Assisting with general administration matters and tasks.
  • Organizing legal materials.
  • Participating in special Law Society projects.
  • Providing input and generating ideas to support the continuous enhancement and evolution of existing processes and tools.

Knowledge and Skills

We are seeking a highly motivated law student who has completed 2nd year and demonstrates:

  • Strong academic achievement.
  • Well-developed analytical skills both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Multi-tasking skills with the ability to prioritize workload.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office including: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and Quick law.

Salary

The positions are for 3.5 months at $20.00/hr on a 35 hour work week. 

Applications

Please email your cover letter, resume, and photocopies of your transcipts to the attention of Hilary Stoddart, Manager, Human Resources, personnel@lsbc.org. The closing date for this competition is September 7, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Member Services Representative

The Law Society is recruiting a Member Services Representative, who will report to our Manager, Credentials & Licensing. The Member Services Representatives advise applicants, review and process applications, maintain membership records, ensure the annual regulatory requirements are met, and coordinate a variety of activities and projects which occur throughout the life cycle of a license to practice. The incumbent is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment and action in a complex, multi-faceted role with a deadline based need for attention to detail.

 The duties of this position include:

  • Providing advice to a variety of inquiries received from applicants for admission and reinstatement, relating to good character repute and fitness and from members relating to returning to practice, advising within set policies and procedures covered by the Legal Profession Act, the Professional Liability Insurance policy and the Law Society Rules.
  • Determining whether to approve applications for admission, reinstatement, membership, returning to practice, law corporation permits and LLP registrations or to refer to the Manager.
  • Responsible for coordinating a variety of detailed transactional activity including the Call and Admissions ceremonies, Bencher interview process, annual fee billing and invigilating and/or coordinating exams.
  • Processing of financial transactions, collection of fees and refund requests.
  • Administration of the mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program including deciding which learning modes meet the criteria and determining individual members requirements.
  • Ensuring members are in compliance with mandatory practice requirements such as completion of Continuing Professional Development Requirements, Annual Practice Declaration and Small Firm Practice Course and deciding when to refer matters of non-compliance to Manager.
  • Verifying the authenticity of lawyer signatures and deciding the information to be included on a Certificate of Standing based on the Law Society records.
  • Ensuring that the records and information on the centralized member database for the organization and the public is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Providing advice to the public on issues relating to location of their legal files and preparing Affidavits if necessary.
  • Assists in administering the Unclaimed Trust Fund to ensure monies qualify for acceptance.
  • Implementing new directives and/or Rule changes approved by the Benchers, including creation of business processes.
  • Performing other related duties and participating in special projects as assigned by the Manager.

Qualifications

  • Completion of a post-secondary education, preferably as a Legal Administrative Assistant or Paralegal.
  • Minimum four years of office experience, preferably in a legal setting as part of a team environment.
  • Excellent time management and writing skills.
  • Professional judgment and sound communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and databases.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Member Services Representative. The closing date for this competition is September 6, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Claims Manager

Are you a leader?

The Law Society’s Lawyers Insurance Fund (LIF) is offering a unique opportunity to lead a highly motivated team of experienced and talented lawyers and staff as one of two Claims Managers.

LIF manages the lawyer’s professional liability insurance program for the Law Society of British Columbia. As a Claims Manager, you will be responsible for leading the claims team in a high-performing and professional environment, dedicated to maintaining exemplary service standards and achieving exceptional results.

Your superior analytical and advocacy skills and excellent judgment enable you to effectively resolve a broad variety of complex and challenging matters. You have exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and take a practical approach to problem solving. You also understand that a systematic approach to operations is critical for the success of any well-run organization. You are able to develop and implement a broad vision for the claims operation but also focus on the details when necessary.

Reporting to the Director of Insurance, you enjoy considerable autonomy, including settlement authority up to $350,000 per claim, and up to $1,000,000 per claim in the Director’s absence.

As Claims Manager, you will:

  • Lead and inspire best practices among our dedicated and talented claims staff, including mentoring and providing ongoing feedback.
  • Develop, implement and administer claims management policies, procedures, and systems that will maintain LIF’s success as a continually evolving, high-functioning claims facility.
  • Evaluate new claims and potential claims and manage work loads including the conduct of in-house defence.
  • Participate hands-on in the resolution of complex claims and coverage issues.
  • Deliver risk management presentations and advice to lawyers and firms, and analyse and advise stakeholders on existing and future trends in claims.
  • Educate, evaluate and assist in setting reasonable rates of remuneration for external defence counsel.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with insured lawyers, external defence counsel, excess insurers, Benchers, reinsurers, brokers, actuaries, auditors and other lawyers’ professional liability programs.

Qualifications

  • Practising membership in the Law Society of BC or eligibility for membership.
  • At least ten years of practice experience, preferably in BC, including some experience in the insurance industry or defending professional liability claims.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience, and demonstrably effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and assist in the successful resolution of complex litigation.
  • Superior judgment and analytical, organizational, advocacy, administrative, IT, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to effectively develop and manage a budget.

Preferably you have experience in managing lawyers or managing a professional liability claims operation. Experience or training in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques is an asset, as is experience in developing and implementing new operational practices and procedures.

LIF provides insurance to all lawyers engaged in private practice in British Columbia. It has over $120 million in assets, an annual budget of $14 million, and manages 1000 reports of claims and potential claims against lawyers each year.

To apply for this unique opportunity, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Claims Manager.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Professional Regulation Officer (Paralegal)

The Law Society is recruiting for a Professional Regulation Officer. Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and working closely with others within the Professional Regulation Department, the Professional Regulation Officer uses his or her advanced legal research, writing and analytical skills on a wide range of special projects and initiatives at the Law Society.

The duties of this position include:

  • Working on departmental, Law Society and national projects initiatives.
  • Preparing memos.
  • Conducting legal research.
  • Gathering information and data from various sources including other regulatory bodies.
  • Performing statistical analysis.
  • Drafting guidelines.
  • Preparing reports to Benchers and other groups.
  • Assisting with litigation and hearing matters and reporting regularly on insured claims.
  • Responding to inquiries from the public, legal profession and other law societies.
  • Such other duties as the CLO may require.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has legal and regulatory experience with legal training or a paralegal diploma/degree.

The Professional Regulation Officer also requires:

  • A self-starter with excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Advanced legal research, writing and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency with computer programs including Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and document/knowledge management systems.
  • Ability to handle and effectively prioritize a volume of work.
  • Project management and policy development are considered strong assets.

If this sounds like you, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Professional Regulation Officer. The closing date for this competition is August 2, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Working at the Law Society

Law Society staff, volunteers and Benchers (our board of governors) are committed to one common goal: protecting the public interest in the administration of justice by setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct for lawyers.

We are an organization that values diversity, equity and a shared sense of purpose. Our annual employee survey consistently reveals that the Law Society ranks much higher than other organizations in employee engagement, making us a very desirable place to work.

We seek high-performing individuals who enjoy challenging and interesting work, a supportive team environment and a healthy work/life balance.