We look upon students we interview for articling positions as potential future partners in our practice. In fact, two-thirds of our present partners, and a similar proportion of our associates, articled with the firm.
With that in mind, we're looking for people who both we and our clients can work with, and who will feel comfortable working with us.
We're looking for people of integrity, people with a sense of balance and proportion, people who are open minded and tolerant of others, but who can be tough when required.
We're looking for students with the skills and character we think are necessary to becoming effective counsel:
If you think you fit the bill, we'd like to meet you, and talk about your future in the practice of law.
We offer articled students the opportunity to begin developing their professional skills in a stimulating and challenging environment.
Our firm is not highly structured. We have attained the high levels of expertise in particular fields necessary to meet the needs of our clients, but our tradition of collegiality and openness has led us away from organizing ourselves into discrete practice groups. Our articling student program is an extension of this philosophy.
Though our students do continue to learn law, we do not concentrate on supplementing the formal, substantive legal education they have already received, and we do not slot our students into a rotation through various practice areas. Rather, we aim to train our students in the practice of law, and the process of lawyering - applying their analytical skills to legal problems, while remaining focused on finding practical means of protecting and furthering our clients' interests.
The Work Experience
Throughout the period of their articles, our students may be asked by any of our partners and associate lawyers for assistance on particular files. Work assignments may range from short, intensive projects - researching memoranda of law, drafting of pleadings and motion materials, preparing briefs of evidence and mediation briefs, interviewing witnesses, etc. - to daily involvement in the conduct of complex litigation, including attending at examinations for discovery, motions and trial. Having our students work closely with our lawyers ensures that each receives practical, effective training, while we are given the greatest opportunity to assess their abilities and performance.
The majority of work assigned to students involves general litigation matters. Students who demonstrate particular interest and aptitudes may be given the opportunity to work intensively on corporate/commercial matters or specialized areas of litigation.
Salary and Benefits
Our salary structure is reviewed annually, and is commensurate with remuneration paid by other downtown Vancouver law firms. We also offer two weeks paid vacation - the maximum allowed by the Law Society - and an excellent package of dental and extended health benefits. In addition, every effort is made to provide students with their first choice of both start dates for the articling year, and dates for attendance at the ten week Professional Legal Training Course.
We’re always looking for talented and dedicated lawyers to join our firm. Where we have specific positions available we will post them, however please feel free to submit your resume as we will retain your information in the event an opportunity presents itself.
The Hiring Process
For more information about Summer Articles, Articles and Lawyer recruitment at Guild Yule LLP please contact:
Don J. Smith, Partner
Direct Phone: 604-844-5510
Guild Yule LLP