Our articling program includes an intensive orientation, a “student bootcamp” series of seminars, and bi-weekly lunch seminars on practical subjects, to supplement the “hands-on” learning experience articling provides. Our Director of Associate and Student Programs, Christine York, is a Partner who has the sole job of supporting and developing our junior legal talent. All of our articling students are also matched with both a senior and junior mentor.

Throughout the articling year, we include our articled students in all firm functions, which gives students an opportunity to meet with lawyers and staff on a social basis. We also sponsor functions for students alone, to build camaraderie within our student group. It is our intention that, at the end of the articling experience, our students will not only have had a thorough professional experience, but will also have established friendships which will last throughout the balance of their professional career.

Articling Program

We generally hire eight articling students, including our returning summer students. In 2019, we expect to hire an additional six students for 2020/21 articles. We have already hired our students for 2019/20 articles.

Many of our students clerk with the courts prior to commencing articles. We provide clerks with the usual 12-month articling program, including the Professional Legal Training Course (“PLTC”) even though they can usually be called after PLTC and four months of articles. Clerks will be paid as first year Associates after their call, even when they continue in their student rotations.

We strive to give our students meaningful legal work that develops their skills and knowledge, and furthers their education. Types of work include: research; drafting pleadings, agreements and other documents; preparing for and attending chambers, trials, hearings, examinations for discovery and meetings; interviewing witnesses; reviewing documents; and preparing seminar papers and other presentations on various legal issues.

To understand more about a typical day in the life of an articling student, see stage 6 of our “Student Life” series.

Rotations

We consider Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP to be an ideal learning environment for new lawyers. We are a regionally-based firm with local, national and international clients. We are a multi-service firm rather than a boutique. We are of moderate size, allowing our lawyers to gain a greater degree of diversity in their practice and the firm to maintain a more congenial environment. All of these things come to bear on our articled student rotation program.

In our experience, most young lawyers are not entirely sure where their practice preferences lie until they have had an opportunity to experience life practicing in different areas of the law. Upon joining our firm as an articled student, you will be placed in a flexible rotational system to maximize your exposure to a diverse range of legal areas. In each rotation, we actively encourage our students to seek out work in their areas of interest and assume as much responsibility as possible under the guidance of senior lawyers.

Although we recognize that good research skills are essential to your development as a lawyer, we do our best to ensure that the articling experience is much broader than research.

During our litigation rotation, we expect that our students will:

  • Prepare pleadings
  • Accompany counsel on examinations for discovery, trials, hearings and mediations
  • Prepare legal memoranda
  • Attend meetings with clients and experts
  • Regularly appear in Chambers
  • Have conduct of their own small claims files and occasionally run small claims trials

Students will also meet with our senior litigation lawyers to develop strategy in pending cases and prepare matters for trial.

During the rotation in our business law practice, students will likely be engaged in drafting:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Wills and trusts
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Development and management agreements

Students will also research and prepare legal memoranda, meet with clients and prepare documents relating to residential and commercial real estate transactions and the purchase and sale of corporations through share or asset sales. Students may also assist in private and public financings.

Our firm has made fostering legal talent a priority.
In addition to our ASCEND ™ training program, our articling program includes an intensive orientation and a “Student Boot Camp” series of in-house seminars, designed to ensure that our students’ hands-on education is supplemented with more formal training. We also offer our students bi-weekly lunch seminars on practical subjects.

Our Director of Associate and Student Programs is a Partner of the firm who devotes all of her time to supporting and developing our junior legal talent. Students are also assigned a senior and junior mentor.

We include our articled students in all firm functions throughout the year.
This gives students an opportunity to meet with lawyers and staff on a social basis. We also sponsor functions for students alone, to build camaraderie within our student group. It is our intention that, at the end of the articling experience, our students will not only have had a thorough professional experience, but will also have established friendships which will last throughout the balance of their professional careers.

Our articling students are paid an annual salary of $65,000.
We also cover all of the typical lawyer membership expenses for our students, including the British Columbia Law Society and PLTC enrolment fees, as well as the Call and Admission fee. We also pay the cost of Canadian Bar Association and Vancouver Bar Association memberships for our students.

Other aspects of our program include the following:

  • Articled students are given 10 paid vacation days, and payment of salary during the 10-week Professional Legal Training Course
  • Our ASCEND™ training program includes a series of courses for students that include legal, marketing, IT and personal development program opportunities
  • Students are provided with their own offices, legal administration services, and office services support. Our students are well-supported

Applying for Articling

We generally hire eight articling students each year for our 12-month articling rotation. We are currently seeking six 2020/21 articling students to join our returning summer students.

We recruit students according to the interview guidelines established by the Vancouver Bar Association. If you are interested in applying, please submit your cover letter, resume, and copies of official transcripts for all legal and undergraduate studies to Christine York, Director of Associate and Student Programs. We appreciate it when students provide a weighted GPA for each year of law school, should it not be provided with your transcripts. You may also include reference letters and a list of law courses you intend to take, although these are not required.

Applications are due June 28, 2019, and should be submitted through the online portal, vilawportal.com, or by mail or email.

Summering Program

We guarantee articles at our firm for all of our summer students and as such are highly selective in the students we consider.

We seek to fill four to six summer student positions each year.
These positions are available for second-year law students.

Our summer students are paid on the basis of an annual salary of $65,000.
On completion of their summer articles, students who commit to returning to the firm for their articling year are provided with a $6,000 contribution toward their third year tuition and receive a $500 book allowance.

Our summer students work an average of 50 hours per week.
Our summer students are not placed in a rotational program like our articling students because, in our opinion, the summer period is too short a time frame to make rotations a meaningful experience. Instead, our Director of Student and Associate Programs works directly with each of our summer students to set and achieve specific personal goals over the summer. Those goals may include working in a specific area of interest, or working with certain lawyers.

The type of work summer students do is the same as our articled students.
We strive to give our students meaningful legal work that develops their skills and knowledge and furthers their education. Types of work may include:

  • Research
  • Drafting pleadings, agreements and other documents
  • Attending chambers, trials, hearings, examinations for discovery and meetings
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Reviewing documents
  • Preparing seminar papers and other presentations on various legal issues

Our firm has made fostering legal talent a priority.
Our Director of Associate and Student Programs is a Partner of the firm who devotes all of her time to supporting and developing our junior legal talent. Students are assigned a senior and junior mentor. They are also provided with their own offices, legal secretarial, and office services support.

To understand more about a typical day in the life of an articling student, see stage 6 of our “Student Life” series.

Applying for Summer Articling

We have now hired our full complement of summer students for 2019.

Generally, we seek to fill four to six summer student positions every year. We will be hiring 2020 summer students in the fall of 2019, in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association Guidelines. We also actively participate in on-campus interviews.

To apply for our summer student program, please send your cover letter, resume, a copy of your law school transcript and your undergraduate marks to the attention of Christine York, Director of Associate and Student Programs. We appreciate when students provide a weighted GPA for each year of law school, should it not be provided in the transcripts. You may also include reference letters, and a list of law courses you intend to take, although these are not required. Applications can be submitted through the online portal, vilawportal.com, or by mail or e-mail.

How We Hire

We place a great deal of emphasis on finding the right people, and our hope is that the students we hire will ultimately join our firm for substantial portions of their career. We think successful Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP students will be:

  • Capable, with a high academic standing
  • Supportive, who care significantly about their clients, colleagues, and community
  • Team players, who are open-minded and able to get along well with others
  • Entrepreneurial, who are self-motivated, show initiative and enjoy challenging and stimulating opportunities
  • Communicative, with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Active, with diverse interests in the community or other non-legal activities
  • Hard working and dedicated, with a strong work ethic and an interest in the law shown by past and current participation in activities relating to the practice of law

Our emphasis is not simply on grades, but also on life skills that demonstrate the ability to learn, grow and contribute. That focus on continual growth is a backbone of our firm – one that is reinforced by our comprehensive Ascend™ training program.

Student Recruitment Committee

The members of our Student Recruiting Committee vary during each recruiting session. We always let each candidate know who they will be interviewing with prior to their interview.

You can find out more about these people on our lawyer profiles section.

In 2018, our Student Recruiting Committee included the following people:

Questions?

Should you have any additional questions regarding our firm or our student programs, please feel free to contact Christine York, Director of Associate + Student Programs, who oversees our student recruitment.