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Job Posting: Articling Student 

TEMPORARY | Full-Time

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is hiring an articling student to complement our established legal advocacy programs. This is a full-time (5 days a week) temporary position, which runs for the course of the Law Society’s mandated articling period. The position is set to start as early as possible in January, 2023, with limited flexibility to begin later. PLTC start time is negotiable based on location of the applicant and availability of dates but the preference is for participation in the summer session. The deadline for applications is December 1st, 2022. Interested applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to our Executive Director (dking@tapsbc.ca), or by delivering it in person to our office at 828 View St., Victoria.

Job Description (Nature of the Position)

The primary job responsibilities for this position are as follows:

  1. Provide legal information, summary advice, and representation to clients, primarily in the area of Residential Tenancy.

  2. Engage in negotiation and mediation on administrative law matters;

  3. Assist our staff lawyers and advocates in the representation of clients in judicial reviews and other administrative appeals;

  4. Represent clients and assist the staff lawyer in various civil, human rights, and bylaw matters as they arise;

  5. Provide public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning legal rights, responsibilities and entitlements;

  6. Work from an anti-oppressive practice perspective with individuals who are experiencing a high level of challenges.

 

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills

The successful candidate must:

  1. Have completed and graduated from law school by the start of the position and be eligible to article as per the requirements of the Law Society of British Columbia, or be eligible for transfer from another jurisdiction with the completion of articles;

 

The following attributes are preferred:

  1. Have experience in the practice of poverty law, administrative law, policy reform, or a demonstrated interested in poverty and administrative law;

  2. Have experience in the area of residential tenancy law and housing policy;

  3. Have an understanding of the work of legal advocates, and be able to work with legal advocates and poverty lawyers across British Columbia to identify systemic barriers affecting low-income people;

  4. Have strong computer literacy, and be comfortable speaking to media and to the general public about poverty law issues.

 

Hours of Work and Salary

This position is full-time (5 days/week or 35 hours/week). TAPS staff are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 374, and this position is covered by the TAPS Collective Agreement.

 

This position is covered by our collective agreement and pays $55,000 for the year. All applicable Law Society registration and PLTC fees will be covered by TAPS, and all full-time TAPS employees are eligible for extended health benefits after three months of employment. Articling students continue to receive pay and benefits while attending PLTC. 

 

Applications and Interviews

To apply please send cover letter, CV, and a short writing sample (5 pages or less) to:

Douglas King

Executive Director

dking@tapsbc.ca

 

The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 1st, 2022. Candidates to be interviewed will be contacted the following week and we hope to complete interviews by December 15th at the latest.

 

TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.

If you have any questions about the position before applying please contact the Executive Director directly at dking@tapsbc.ca