The Articling Student Work

What type of work will I do?

It would be impossible to list all the opportunities available to students during their articles here. If you can think of an area of law, the Legal Services Branch (LSB) likely has an expert in that area and students can gain experience in those areas. To aid in their professional development, students will be given opportunities to work in any of our legal practice groups, draft legal memoranda and contracts, as well as advocate for the government’s positions in court.

Former students have had the opportunity to partake in a variety of work, including:

  • Drafting leave submissions for the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Appearing alongside counsel in the BC Court of Appeal and BC Supreme Court
  • Engaging with clients directly though client meetings
  • Participating in mediations and settlements of various actions
  • Having primary conduct (with support) of small claims files
  • Participating in ministerial briefings

What skills will I learn during my articles?

We are confident that students will learn all of the skills needed to thrive in the practice of law. These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication with professional staff
  • Communication with opposing counsel
  • Effective legal drafting
  • Legislative drafting and interpretation
  • Client interaction
  • Advocacy before courts and tribunals
  • Legal research
  • Effective problem solving

Recent Significant Cases Legal Service Branch Lawyers Have Conducted

The below cases are examples of the types of cases that LSB lawyers are daily involved in: