Lawson Lundell has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Yellowknife and Kelowna. We are a full-service regional firm with a well-established, loyal client base. Our Vancouver office is the largest office and the base of operations for our articling program.
Vancouver is a growing, dynamic city which offers excellent, high-quality legal work opportunities, while at the same time allowing its citizens to take full advantage of many recreational opportunities in a beautiful setting amidst the mountains and the sea.
Many of our students are fortunate to be chosen to clerk at various courts in Canada. We encourage and accommodate this experience. Clerks receive priority for PLTC sessions. We pay clerks as first year associates once they have received their grants of licence.
Articling students rotate through these four broad practice areas, giving them approximately 10 weeks in each rotation:
- Litigation/Labour and Employment
- Real Estate/Lending
These practice areas correspond roughly to the four floors of the firm, and students change offices for each rotation to allow them to get to know staff and lawyers on each floor.
During each rotation, students receive work directly from lawyers in those practice areas and are encouraged to take the initiative to seek work in areas of their own interest. Work is not allocated through a central person. However, we do hold monthly student meetings in order to check that work is being allocated fairly and to ensure that students have the opportunity to be involved in work that interests them.
Students may take up to 10 days of vacation during the 52-week articling term.
VBA website for exact dates.
Students should include a brief cover letter, a resume, and copies of both undergraduate and law school transcripts. Reference letters are always welcomed but not necessary. Applications should be addressed to the attention of Allison Jackson and submitted via viDesktop.
Articles: For 2020/2021 we will have a full complement of students in our Vancouver office and do not anticipate hiring additional articling students.
Summer Articles: Applications are due in the early fall after completion of first year law school, just as students begin their second year. In 2020, the deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 2. Students who are granted an interview will receive Intention to Call e-mails on October 6 to October 7, and interviews will be held during the week of October 19.
Please address the applications to:
Director, Student Recruitment and Development
Lawson Lundell LLP
Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
We will acknowledge receipt of your application.
We hope you will apply to our firm and that we will have a chance to meet you in person. We know that students can find the application process somewhat overwhelming. The following information may assist you:
- We will acknowledge all applications we receive.
- Contact our Student Coordinator, should you have any questions about the firm or the application process.
- We participate in on-campus interviews (OCIs) at various law schools each fall.
- Once we select applicants for interviews in the OCI process, we will follow each law school's process for notifying applicants (some schools notify students for us, and other schools ask us to notify students directly – please check with your Career Placement Office should you have any questions).
- After the OCIs, we will be in contact with you on Call Day if granted an interview: if you are not granted an interview you will receive a letter letting you know that no interview has been granted.
- If there are no OCIs at your school, after the acknowledgement letter you will either hear from us on Call Day to set up an interview, or you will receive a letter saying that no interview has been granted.
- After acknowledgment of your application, you will either hear from us on Call Day if an interview has been granted or you will receive a letter saying that no interview has been granted.
- We send Intent to Call e-mails to students who have been selected for an In-Firm Interview.
- On Call Day we may invite you for a lunch or dinner with lawyers at the firm during interview week.
- All of our interviewing students are invited to a reception the Monday night of interview week at our firm and we encourage you to attend for part of the time, even if you have other obligations as well on that evening which require you to leave early or come late.
- We schedule interviews Monday and Tuesday of interview week – because of the new Call Day and Offer Day system, it no longer matters if you have your first interview early Monday morning. There will be enough time before the Offer Day to meet other lawyers if need be, so please do not worry about the timing of the interview.
- At the firm you will usually meet with two of our lawyers for your interview, one of whom will be on the Recruitment Committee. We will provide your interviewers' names to you in advance of the meeting. You will also meet one of our current students after the interview for a brief firm tour.
- We encourage you to ask questions, to relax and to be yourself in the interview: if you have been asked to interview with us, it is because we have a genuine interest in you. Be confident in your abilities and be prepared to talk about your experiences.
- We do not make offers or give indications that we will make offers until 8:00am PST on the Thursday morning of interview week, in accordance with the VBA guidelines.
- Once our offers have been accepted, we will contact all of our interviewing students to advise them that our process is complete.
Our articling students for 2019-2020 are:
- AJ Mauger (University of British Columbia)
- Eman Jeddy (University of Ottawa)
- Noor Mann (University of Saskatchewan)
- Sebastian Crema (University of Alberta)
- Wen Liu (Dalhousie University)
- Gurinder Cheema (University of Victoria)
- Dmytro Galagan (University of Victoria)
- Lisa Harder (University of Victoria)
- Özge Yazar (University of British Columbia)
- Desmond Wang (University of British Columbia)
- Asha Young (University of British Columbia)
Our summer students for 2020 are:
- Miny Atwal (University of Victoria)
- Krystal Bernhardt (University of British Columbia)
- Kate Coady (University of British Columbia)
- Natasha Ford (University of Ottawa)
- Mitchell Horkoff (University of British Columbia)
- Daniel Jonasson (University of British Columbia)
- Jessica Kim (University of Toronto)
- Jonathan Longcroft (University of British Columbia)
- Emma Plasteras (Thompson Rivers University)
- Kayla Siu (University of British Columbia)
- Crystal Szeto (University of British Columbia)
- Ben Westerterp (Queen’s University)
Our articling student for 2020-2021 are:
- Jane Mayfield (University of Victoria)
- Jordan Bell (University of British Columbia)
Ali Adams (Thompson Rivers University)
- Jonathan Andrews (University of Manitoba)
- Alex Corley (University of British Columbia)
- Gagan Dosanjh (University of British Columbia)
- Aaron Kandola (University of Victoria)
- Alice Kim (University of British Columbia)
- Shaun Langlois (Thompson Rivers University)
- Flora Wu (University of Windsor)
- Katherine Zhou (University of British Columbia)