Consider taking an articling student this year

Have you ever considered bringing an articled student into your firm? If so, now might be the time. The UBC and UVic Faculties of Law would like BC lawyers to know that a number of high calibre third-year law students are still seeking 2005-2006 articling positions.

For a law student, articling is a critical stage of legal training, and a mandatory step on the path to call and admission. Students are eager to put their skills to work and to experience the practice of law under expert guidance. Articles offer that opportunity.

Students can perform useful and billable work that benefits a firm or legal department. For a lawyer who serves as principal to a student, that assistance is valuable. But principals can also draw satisfaction from the important contribution they make. Principals help their students develop into good lawyers through guidance, training and mentorship. This benefits not only those students, but the profession as a whole.

To become a principal, you must be a practising lawyer in good standing with the Law Society with seven years of practice experience. For more on the qualifications of principals and the articling relationship, please see Law Society Rules 2-27 through 2-46. See also background information — including the current articling agreement and checklist — in the “Licensing & Membership” section of the Society’s website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca. If you are not certain if you qualify as a principal, please contact Lesley Small, Manager, Credentials & Licensing at the Law Society of BC at 604 669-2533 or lsmall@lsbc.org.

The UBC and UVic career services offices are ready to assist lawyers who can offer articling positions by answering questions, posting positions and advertising to students.

Please contact:

University of Victoria
Jennifer Moroskat, Career Development Officer
University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
PO Box 2400 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3H7
Email: moroskat@uvic.ca
Tel.: 250 472-4719
Fax: 250 721-6390
Website: http://cdo.law.uvic.ca
(Employers can post positions directly on this site.)

University of British Columbia
Judy Pozsgay, Co-Director, Career Services and Alumni Relations
Nadia Myerthall, Co-Director Career Services and Alumni Relations
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Email: pozsgay@law.ubc.ca or myerthall@law.ubc.ca
Tel.: 604 822-6350 (Judy) or
604 827-5052 (Nadia)
Fax: 604 822-9486.