Summer Law Student

Competition Number: LAA-22-73

Job Type: Full Time Temporary (4 Month Contract)

Location: Edmonton, AB and Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: February 15, 2023

Who We Are

We are Legal Aid Alberta. We believe in an Alberta where everyone is able to understand and protect their legal rights. As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide: Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Siksika Nation, and Wetaskiwin. We work together to serve Albertans, protecting their rights and ensuring a fair legal process.

Who You Are

Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situations. You have excellent communication skills, especially in tough situations. You are a quick thinker, able to provide sound advice, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. You have effective communication and interpersonal skills as well as enjoy learning new things and can adapt to change quickly.

Job Description

Reporting to the Supervising Lawyer some of the key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide assistance to staff lawyers on client files to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules of LAA.
  • Observe and assist in interviews with Clients, Lawyers, and Justice Navigators.
  • Assist Duty Counsel – Adult and Youth, JP Bail, Family Court, and Emergency Protection Order.
  • Speak to permissible matters in docket.
  • Observe and participate in office processes and procedures specific to each practice area.
  • Assist with, review of disclosure, and legal research.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Completion of first (1L) or second year (2L) of Law School
  • Experience working with complex clients.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Law school level knowledge of criminal and family law.
  • Law School level legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, application of law to relevant facts.
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • A high level of comfort working with technology and a keen enthusiasm for learning new systems including computer literacy of MS Office and web based legal research tools and other web-based resources.
  • Knowledge of resources available in local areas for complex clients
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to manage work in high pressure and high conflict situations.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, consider alternative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively when working with complex clients.

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

Hands on experience within the areas of law at Legal Aid Alberta.

How To Apply

If you got excited at the prospect of being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, select “Apply Now for Calgary” “Apply Now for Edmonton” to apply for this position. Applications for this competition will remain open until  February 15, 2023. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted and interviews will occur in compliance with the Law Society of Alberta’s Summer Student Recruitment dates of February 21, 2023 to February 24, 2023.

Requirements

The successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.


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