Law Students

EKB takes pride in hiring bright, professional and personable law students with the hope and expectation that they will become future associates and, eventually, partners of our firm. We seek highly qualified students and are committed to providing rewarding work experiences during summer and full articles.

Application Deadlines

Due to office space constraints, we are not hiring students for 2017 summer articling positions, nor are we hiring any additional articling students for 2016-2017 full articles..

EKB follows the Vancouver Bar Association guidelines for articling applications. See the VBA website for information such as application deadlines.

Summer Program

EKB offers summer articles to students following their second year of law school. Our goal is to hire students who will become future articling students, associates and partners of the firm.

The work undertaken by summer students is similar to that undertaken by articled students, and can range from legal research and memos to drafting contracts and pleadings, among other things. EKB’s lawyers are also encouraged to invite students to meetings, examinations for discovery and court appearances. Our aim is to provide a productive and rewarding learning experience.

Summer students are also encouraged to participate in EKB’s Professional Development Program. As part of the firm’s Mentoring Program, each summer student is assigned a principal mentor, a partner who provides one-on-one guidance on matters including professional responsibility, file management, client relations, and office and practice procedures. Each summer student is also assigned an associate mentor, who is available to answer questions and help guide the training of the student.

In addition to the competitive compensation and benefits students will receive, EKB will pay $5,000 towards student tuition fees for the following academic year and a $500 third year book allowance.

Full Articling Program

EKB’s articling program is designed to give students a positive, productive, well-rounded and supportive learning experience. Students are exposed to all areas of practice and are involved in the daily operations of the firm, enabling them to improve their legal skills and assist in providing service to clients.

There are three primary aspects to EKB’s articling program:

1. Rotations

After a comprehensive orientation and training program, students begin in either a litigator or solicitor rotation, which lasts approximately four months. They then switch rotations to ensure that they have been given sufficient experience in each area. These rotations are followed by a short general rotation, in which students can expect to receive work from both solicitors and litigators.

EKB’s rotation system offers students exposure to the various areas of law practised at the firm. During each rotation, students work closely with our lawyers practising in these areas. Students’ work includes legal research and writing, participation in client meetings, examinations for discovery, trials and negotiations, as well as preparation of correspondence, agreements, wills, and pleadings.

2. Professional Development

EKB is committed to our students’ professional development. To enhance their legal knowledge, students are encouraged to attend Continuing Legal Education seminars and other professional courses at which leading practitioners provide current information on a variety of topics, including legal research and writing, drafting business agreements, trial advocacy, and important updates and developments in Canadian, US and international law.

EKB’s Professional Development Program (“PDP”) also offers students a wide range of professional development lectures, which are presented in-house at EKB’s lunch & learns and through other presentations organized by EKB’s PDP Committee. The topics vary between specific legal issues and ethics/practice management issues.

3. Mentoring

The learning experience doesn’t end after law school. EKB is proud of our tradition of providing ongoing mentorship to our students and junior lawyers to help them to learn the profession and grow their practices. As part of our Mentoring Program, each student is assigned a principal mentor who is a partner of the firm. The principal mentor is there to provide one-on-one guidance on matters including professional responsibility, client relations, file management, and office and practice procedures. Each student is also assigned an associate mentor, who is available to answer questions and help guide the training of the student.

EKB encourages students to fulfill their Professional Legal Training Course requirements prior to articling, but we are willing to accommodate the scheduling needs of individual students.

Many of our past and present students have clerked with courts at various levels in different jurisdictions. EKB encourages students who are interested in this valuable experience to apply for a clerkship.

Compensation Benefits

EKB truly values its articling students and provides them with an attractive compensation and benefits package. We offer our students a competitive salary as well as student membership in the Canadian Bar Association and two weeks’ vacation during their articles.

After completing a qualifying period, students participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment
  • Long-term disability
  • Extended health
  • Dental coverage
  • Basic health

In addition, students have access to all of the support services and legal resources available at EKB. Our team of professionals, including clerks and paralegals, provides a supportive environment in which students can continue their training and perform their work. Our library contains current digests, journals, and other research materials. Students receive the necessary training for the latest electronic research tools, including online legal research tools. Online legal information and document management systems are readily available for each student.

Student Awards

The EKB Student Awards program recognizes outstanding academic achievements and contributions. We presently offer the following annual honours:

EKB Founders’ Scholarship

Two scholarships of $1,000 each are offered in honour of the contributions to the legal profession of the firm’s founders, The Honourable John C. Bouck, The Honourable Jack T. Edwards, Q.C., Brenton D. Kenny, Q.C., and Ronald J. Bray. Each scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student entering the first year of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. The scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law at UBC.

EKB Prize in Environmental Law

A $500 prize is awarded to a law student who demonstrates academic excellence in the area of environmental law. The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.

Our Students

EKB normally hires one student who brings to our firm fresh talent, new perspectives and enthusiasm for the law. When the student completes his or her articling and training, EKB hopes to hire this promising legal professional.

EKB Articling Student (2016-2017)

  • Larissa A Dziubenko

EKB Summer Student (2016)

  • Ian Van Den Dolder

Articling Application Process

EKB seeks well-rounded students with strong academic records, extra-curricular experience, and personal qualities that are likely to make them compatible with other members of the firm.

We receive and review applications and interview candidates according to the guidelines established by the Vancouver Bar Association and The Law Society of British Columbia.

Application Tips

For your convenience, we have provided suggested guidelines to help you prepare your application.

Applying for an articling position is different from other professions. There are several required components to the application and interview process. For your convenience, we have provided suggested guidelines to help you prepare your application for EKB.

A cover letter is an important part of your articling application. We gain our first impression of you based on how well you communicate your level of professionalism. Both your cover letter and resume should work as a complete marketing package:

· Specify the position you are applying for at EKB.

· Indicate the practice areas you may be interested in.

· Describe any attributes or previous work experience that qualify you for the position.

· Proofread your cover letter several times for typographical and/or grammatical errors.

EKB seeks well-rounded students with strong academic records, extra-curricular experience, and personal qualities that are likely to make them compatible with other members of the firm.

EKB receives and reviews applications and interviews candidates according to the guidelines established by the Vancouver Bar Association and The Law Society of British Columbia.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send an application that includes: a resume, cover letter, and copies of your law school and other post-secondary transcripts to the head of our Student Program:

David Turner, Partner
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP
1900-1040 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6E 4H3
F: 604.689.5177

Applications should be sent by email to dturner@ekb.com.