Articled Student (and Former Student) Testimonials

“As an articled student with Legal Services Branch, I’ve had the chance to do diverse and interesting work. Only 3 months into my articles, I’ve spoken in court, drafted pleadings, sat at counsel’s table, attended examinations for discovery, seen my name on decisions, and researched issues that are of professional and personal interest. I’ve worked with and learned from great counsel who care about my well-being and ensure that I get as many learning opportunities as possible while articling.” – Former Articled Student

“Since joining Legal Services Branch as an articled student in 2014, I have had the opportunity to appear as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and various administrative tribunals. I have defended the constitutionality of a number of provincial legislative schemes, including the Mental Health Act, the Motor Vehicle Act, and the Child, Family, Community Service Act, assisted on major litigation files, including the Victoria Tent City litigation, and represented a diverse range of statutory-decision makers on applications for judicial review. I have also had the opportunity to work with senior counsel on complex litigation files, including three matters at the Supreme Court of Canada. I feel very fortunate to have articled with the Branch and for every opportunity that has followed.” – Former Articled Student

“Halfway through my articles, I have been in the Court of Appeal conferring on arguments, I have run bail and sentencing hearings, and I have written memos for ministries considering legislative reform.  From traplines to real estate transactions, constitutional interpretation to white collar crime, the diversity of experiences is incomparable.” – Former Articled Student

“LSB gives its students broad experience, provides for mentorship from experienced legal counsel and encourages skill development, all of which is essential to succeed in practice. As an articled student and junior lawyer I have had the opportunity to assist in policy development, provide legal advice on major government decisions and work closely with a team of lawyers working on a major legislative drafting initiative. My job is awesome, and it all started in articles!” – Former Articled Student