Statement of Merit Criteria

Articling Student (Legal Excellence Program)

Essential Qualifications

Occupational Certification and Education

At the time of appointment, candidates must be eligible for articles pursuant to the rules of the relevant law society (i.e. the province or territory in which you are applying) and must have a law degree from a Canadian university.

Note: For articling students (not yet eligible for membership in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec), the minimum standard is a Bachelor of Law (LL.B), Juris Doctor (J.D.), LL.L, or equivalent.

Language Proficiency

English Essential

Abilities and Skills

Core Competencies

Asset Qualifications

Organizational Need

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.

Operational Requirements

Candidates will be required to travel occasionally.

Conditions of Employment

Secret security clearance – At the time of appointment, candidates must meet the above condition of employment and maintain this condition throughout their employment.

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Additional Information

Assessment Accommodation: If you require accommodation during the assessment process please contact the person listed as soon as possible. We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodations of your disability to ensure fairness in our hiring process. For additional information on assessment accommodation please visit the following link: The basics of assessment accommodation

Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Preference for articling student positions will be given to students who have not yet articled in British Columbia.

Articling positions are for a temporary period of approximately 13 months.