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BC Civil Liberties Association

Summer Law Students – Summer 2020

Policy – Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Policy
Employment Type Full-Time

Based in Vancouver, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association is one of Canada’s oldest and most active civil liberties organizations. For over 50 years, the BCCLA has been working to protect and promote civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across the country. The BCCLA engages in public interest advocacy through litigation, policy reform, public education and outreach, and casework. We work on a range of issues, including the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms, human rights, criminal justice, drug policy reform, patients’ rights, privacy, national security and police accountability.

Over the summer, we offer a formal summer student program to introduce law students to the BCCLA’s public interest advocacy work. Students work in all of our program areas and assist us in litigation, public education, research, outreach, and non-profit management. In summer 2020, we will be hosting students to work full-time for a minimum 12-week period (maximum of 14 weeks, to be discussed with successful candidates). Students will work directly with our staff and be based on-site at our office. Law students who will have completed two years of law school, or who will have completed at least one year and have other meaningful experience in relation to our mandate, by summer 2020 are invited to apply.

BCCLA is an equal opportunity employer, is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Indigenous and racialized people are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups are encouraged to self‑identify in their covering letter or in the body of their email when they submit their application.

The BCCLA relies on grants and other targeted sources of funds for the summer student program. We encourage students to seek funding from other sources, including fellowships and bursaries, or to obtain course credit for their placement at the BCCLA. The BCCLA hosts only paid summer students or placements for academic credit; if students are not seeking academic credit, the BCCLA, as a Living Wage employer, will guarantee a minimum of $20/hour.

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

1)  Resume (PDF).

2) Cover letter (addressed to Meghan McDermott), current law school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient if they are the only version available; students in the 1L year should also submit a copy of their undergraduate transcripts), and a legal writing sample. All documents should be combined into one PDF.

3)  Contact information for two references.  Reference letters are not required.

The deadline for applications is September 4, 2019. However, we will accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Students with a strong interest in the BCCLA are encouraged to apply early.

Please read the information in this posting carefully, as attention to detail is an important skill in this role. If you have outstanding questions, please contact Amy Gill at amy@bccla.org.

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