Articling at VSLO

Articling Program

We generally hire one Articling Student each year who has the opportunity to work with all lawyers in the firm during the course of the year. Our preference is to have our articling student attend PLTC in the May to July term. While the majority of the articling experience is in labour law, we are able provide limited exposure to other areas of the law incidental to labour law including criminal, company, insurance, bankruptcy and insolvency, pension and benefits, and a variety of litigation files. We provide the opportunity for the articling student to assist senior lawyers at the firm in preparing and presenting cases at arbitration hearings, Labour Relations Board hearings, and Provincial Court hearing during their year.

We offer Articling Students a competitive salary, full benefits, and pay the cost of the Professional Legal Training Course and salary during attendance at PLTC.

Application, Interview and Selection Process

We welcome applications from law students attending a Canadian law school who have a particular interest in the practice of union-side labour law and employee-side employment law or one of our other primary areas of practice. Given the highly specialized nature of our practice, we generally restrict interviews to those applicants possessing either a background in labour relations and/or the trade union movement or those expressing a strong desire to represent workers and unions and demonstrating a commitment to progressive causes and values. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBT community. Applications for Articling Student positions commencing the following year will be accepted until midnight on May 31.

Application packages should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, undergrad and law school transcripts. Generally, applications are reviewed by the firm’s Articling Committee who conduct first interviews in early June. Second interviews are generally held later in June. Applicants invited for a second interview will be asked to provide a legal writing sample. Our aim is to make offers by the end of June or early July.

Send your application to the attention of Craig Bavis, Managing Partner, either by email with attachments in PDF format (cbavis@vslo.ca) or by fax (1-604-684-8427). Our preference is to receive Application packages only by email or by fax.