Introduction to Articling with the Legal Services Branch
Congratulations on reaching the point of your career where you are applying for articles. The choice of where you spend your articling year is one not to be taken lightly, and will serve as the foundation of your legal career. With that perspective, we at the Attorney General’s office are confident that students who article here are provided with the support, training and experience to provide the foundation for an excellent legal career.
Students who article with the Attorney General’s office will receive training in substantive areas of law, as well as learn how to effectively manage their time and files and learn how to provide effective client service while upholding the excellent standard of legal service expected of the Attorney General. Students will receive opportunities to practice in a variety of legal environments, continued support and mentoring opportunities, and are trusted with complicated, challenging work that develops their legal skills to take their place among the best lawyers in the profession.
Why Article with the Legal Services Branch
We recognize that there are many different options in front of you as you begin making decisions about your legal career. The Attorney General is legal counsel for the government of British Columbia. The Legal Services Branch (LSB) within the Ministry of Attorney General is uniquely poised to offer an unparalleled articling experience, with the opportunity to begin your legal career in government. Our lawyers and articled students appear before every level of court in B.C. along with the Supreme Court of Canada and numerous tribunals. As government’s counsel, we provide advice on the interpretation and administration of legislation, which has a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of British Columbians. We also have the privilege of drafting all laws that receive royal assent in B.C. No other employer in B.C. offers this diversity and quality of work.
The fast-paced nature of the work that we do means that our students and junior lawyers are trusted with significant responsibility from day one. We ensure our students are fully supported in succeeding in their work, and are continually given opportunities to develop their legal and file-management skills. We believe in hiring future colleagues. Our articled student program is designed to assist our students in becoming the best lawyers possible, during the articling year and beyond.