The Legal Excellence Program - Summer Student, British Columbia Region

Statement of Merit Criteria

Essential Qualifications


Minimum of 2 years successful completion towards a law degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Official Language Proficiency

English Essential


A general knowledge of law


Core Competencies

Asset Qualifications

Condition of Employment

Reliability or Secret security clearance (depending on the position or as required) – At the time of appointment, candidates must meet the above condition of employment and maintain this condition throughout their employment.

Organizational Needs

The Department of Justice believes that to be able to effectively serve the public, its workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population. Diversity is a great source of strength in driving Canada’s Legal Team in ensuring that Canada’s justice system is as fair, accessible and efficient as possible. The Department is committed to a representative workforce that represents the Canadian public we serve. If you are a woman, an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of a racialized group* and are interested in bringing in different perspectives and insights we encourage you to self-declare in this staffing process. This self-declaration information can be factored into departmental strategies and selection decisions to address our commitment to eliminate gaps for these groups.

* Please note that this group is currently designated as members of visible minorities in the Employment Equity Act and the self-declaration form.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Applicants must be qualified for enrollment as temporary articled students by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Due to the number of applicants and the strict hiring deadlines imposed by the Vancouver Bar Association, not all applicants will be interviewed. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Screening may be conducted on a top-down basis for grades.

Selection for interviews may be based on asset qualifications.

A combination of additional education, training or experience relevant to the position may be used in selection decisions.

Additionally, summer law students may have the opportunity to article with the Department of Justice if they meet all requirements.

In the event that summer law students article with the Department of Justice, these appointments will be made under the Justice Canada LP-01 Training and Development Program. This program provides for the progression of participants from LP-00 (articling student) to LP-02 (counsel) over approximately 5 years. As such, it is expected that an initial appointment to this program would ultimately result in an indeterminate non-advertised LP-02 appointment (subject to meeting all program requirements).