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Articling Law Student, Public Interest Law Clinic, Faculty of Law

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Job ID: 12566

Updated: July 5, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILC) in the Faculty of Law invites applications for an Articling Law Student. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Executive Director.  This is a 1-year articling position to begin in June.  Preference will be given to graduates of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILC) operates out of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Its mission is to advocate effectively for systemic change that values and advances the well-being of the public and the environment.  It seeks to provoke systemic change by involving law students directly in public interest issues through legal research and advocacy, working with other organizations and people to advocate for systemic change in public law matters, advocating for law reform (through legislative proposals and impact litigation) and strengthening access to justice through pro bono legal research and advocacy. The position may require occasional travel, but hours will generally be between 8:30 and 4:30 with the potential for some extra work at peak times

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Work with the clinic lawyers to manage public interest law files and projects
  • Provide legal research and support to the clinic ED and clinic lawyer(s), as well as work on clinic files with the law students taking the Public Interest Clinical course
  • Draft clear and concise legal memos, documents and correspondence
  • Draft administrative documents as required for the operation of and reporting by the clinic
  • Attend meetings with the Executive Director and clinic lawyer(s)
  • Manage partnerships with non-profits, NGOs, Environmental NGOs and other legal organizations
  • Engage in public interest research projects, both independently and in collaboration with community partners and lawyers who practice in public interest matters
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in specialized areas that relate to public interest issues the PILC addresses
  • Remain current in the law by reading new legal developments and attending seminars
  • Administrative, clinic support, reception and other duties as assigned
  • Conduct initial telephone intakes of potential clients following established guidelines.  Decide based on the intake information whether to refer the caller and to where or pass on the information to the appropriate clinic staff member or student for the next step of the intake process

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must be a graduate of a Canadian law school (or have passed the Law Society of Alberta exams necessary to be recognized immediately as a student-at-law by that Society)
  • Public interest experience
  • Demonstrated interest in all areas of public interest law, including environmental protection
  • Academic or work-related prior legal clinic and/or non-profit experience is an asset
  • Compassion and sensitivity for marginalized clients and their unique needs
  • Cooperative "team player" attitude and excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative approach to handling files and completing projects and an attitude that seeks to learn from and support colleagues, readily receiving feedback and giving it when asked
  • Articulate writer and communicator
  • Must be comfortable thinking critically and working within and around ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel,Word)
  • Aptitude in learning new software programs and web development systems
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must manage deadlines effectively and accomplish all tasks in a high volume environment
  • Effective time management skills including the ability to manage competing priorities while achieving results
  • The ability to foster and promote good working relationships with various university departments
  • High level of personal initiative and judgment

Application Deadline:  May 4, 2017.  Please combine and upload your Cover Letter, CV, Transcript and the Names of Two References into one documentation for consideration. 

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Career Band, Level CA of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Law visit Careers in the Faculty of Law.

About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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