JOB POSTING: Articled Student
Full-Time | Temporary (Length of Articling Term)
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 on September 1st, 2021, with limited flexibility to begin earlier or later. PLTC start time is negotiable based on location of the applicant and availability of dates. The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 7, 2021. Interested applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to our Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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:
Provide legal information, summary advice, and representation to clients primarily in the areas of Residential Tenancy, Income Assistance and Disability, Employment Standards, and Human Rights law;
Engage in negotiation and mediation on administrative law matters;
Assist in the representation of clients in judicial reviews and other administrative appeals;
Represent clients in various civil, human rights, and bylaw matters as they arise;
Provide public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning legal rights, responsibilities and entitlements;
Prepare activity reports for the funder of this position and TAPS Executive Director; and
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:
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:
Have experience in the practice of poverty law, policy reform, or a demonstrated interested in poverty law;
Have experience in the area of residential tenancy law and housing policy;
Be able to work with legal advocates and poverty lawyers across British Columbia to identify systemic barriers affecting low-income people; and
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 made possible by a generous grant from the Law Foundation Articling Fellowships program, and the position pays $50,960 for the year ($28/hr). 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.
At the present time the majority of staff at TAPS are working on a rotating basis with some days worked in office and some at home. As it currently stands the successful applicant would be expected to work at least part of the week in office and adhering to all applicable COVID protocols. All of this of course is subject to change depending on the relevant recommendations/orders of the provincial health officer and the state of the pandemic when the position commences.
Applications and Interviews
To apply please send cover letter, CV, and a short writing sample (5 pages or less) to:
The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 7, 2021. Candidates to be interviewed will be contacted the following week.
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 email@example.com