download icon down chevron

The firm that you choose for summer and formal articles sets the stage for your career. We know that it is just as important for you to find the right place to learn as it is for us to hire the right students to contribute to our firm.

Our student program has been thoughtfully designed with the intention of helping our summer and articling students succeed. If our program has piqued your interest we would love to hear from you, learn more about you, what you are looking for and what drives you. Please send us your cover letter, transcripts and resume.

Please note that our reception on June 29, 2017 is now at full capacity. We are no longer accepting RSVPs.

If you are interested in articling with Harper Grey, please submit your application by June 30, 2017.

Applications can be submitted here.

We will do everything we can to ensure that your articling year is successful. This requires a commitment from you and a commitment from the firm.

Students will spend their articling year rotating through the litigation and solicitor practice groups and will become involved in specific cases and transactions. Students will be invited to contribute to and manage the files at considerable depth. If a student identifies an interest in a particular practice area, he or she will be encouraged to explore that area. Regardless of the area of law, students will be supported and mentored by veteran lawyers who will share practical experience and skills.

Orientation

During your first week, you will:

  • be trained on office systems;
  • receive a full orientation about what you can expect in the articling year;
  • meet lawyers and staff;
  • set up your office; and
  • receive your first work assignments.

Lori Williams, our Director of Training and Development will be there to provide guidance. She will pair you with a senior lawyer who will act as your principal. You’ll meet your principal to discuss your expectations and ours, ways to approach work and various assignments.

What to Expect

In the first weeks, students will begin assisting lawyers with real, meaningful work. This could include research memoranda, accompanying a lawyer to court or chambers, meeting clients and answering their questions, drafting an agreement or interviewing witnesses. The emphasis, right from the start, is on being part of our valuable team and on making contributions.

Our lawyers provide guidance to help students recognize what is needed and how it can be improved upon. Learning from practical, applied experience is what the articling year is all about.

Danielle Brousseau, our librarian will lead library and research seminars during the year. She and her team are an invaluable resource. They are patient, and they have trained many articling students on what the lawyers expect.

The first few months are crucial for students to show initiative. First impressions will be based on perceptions of student motivation, writing and research skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

Articling is a stressful time. No one expects perfection. All students are encouraged to ask questions, work closely with those who have assigned work and to demonstrate that they are willing to learn new information and are committed to doing a good job for our clients.

The Work

Some of the work that students can expect to do at Harper Grey:

  • Attending at chambers, assessments, discoveries, and applications at various levels of Court;
  • Managing small claims cases;
  • Assisting as a junior at trials, mediations and inquests;
  • Drafting pleadings, wills, contracts, and corporate documents;
  • Preparing opinions and legal memoranda;
  • Interviewing witnesses and meeting with clients;
  • Participating in business development activities;
  • Attending transaction closings and shareholder meetings
  • Assisting with real property conveyancing.

Skill Development

The articling experience will teach time management, file management and practice management skills. Along the way, each principal and the Director of Student Professional Development, Lori Williams, will be available to support the acquisition of these skills. Students will quickly learn how to manage the workload.

Throughout the articling year, students are invited to attend professional development seminars, client luncheons, meetings with principals and other events.

Feedback

Feedback is continuous during the articling year. It is aimed at identifying areas in need of improvement as well as commending students for demonstrated strengths. After seven or eight months, the firm undertakes a comprehensive assessment process with lots of feedback for each student on the work completed.

Our summer student program allows students hands-on experience with files. Students are able to work in a broad variety of practice. The work will include research and project-specific tasks. If this is a student’s first experience working in a law office, he or she will also learn how the office environment functions.

Top 10 Reasons to Article With Us

  1. We have been a leading law firm in Vancouver for over 100 years with a proven history of success in a wide variety of practice areas.  We have participated in many of BC’s highest profile cases.
  2. Our firm culture makes room for individuality.  Our lawyers are strong, independent personalities and self-starters who have thrived in a firm with the freedom to express themselves.  They are also highly approachable and collegial.
  3. We are committed to assisting students to reach their full potential and have the resources in place to make sure you get the most out of your experience.
  4. Our support begins the moment students arrive with a week-long training period and introduction to the firm.  All students are paired with a senior lawyer (principal) for guidance and feedback.
  5. Each student has a separate office and the assistance of support staff.
  6. Our program has an open structure, allowing students to set personal goals.  It emphasizes hands-on real world experience, supported by guidance from the firm’s associates and partners.
  7. To help students build a comprehensive skill set in litigation, the articling experience will typically include:  developing the foundation for legal arguments, assisting in interviewing and preparing clients for testimony, drafting pleadings and affidavits, reviewing and listing documents, attending chambers, discoveries and trials, and handling at least one Provincial Court Small Claims file.
  8. We also provide the opportunity for students to gain the skills needed to be an effective solicitor.  Typical work in this area includes: drafting agreements and corporate documents, assisting with transaction closings and preparing for and attending shareholder meetings.
  9. True to our firm’s nature, we encourage students to explore and expand in directions that interest them.
  10. We hire students from law schools across Canada, occasionally from foreign countries, and from a variety of backgrounds – our clients are not all the same, and neither are our lawyers.

 

  • Summer and Articling students earn a monthly salary which is competitive with other law firms in Vancouver.
  • Articling students will receive:
    • Extended health, dental, disability and life insurance;
    • Fitness subsidy;
    • Volunteer support for any pro-bono or charitable work;
    • Payment of all continuing education, bar admission course, Canadian Bar Association membership and call fees.
  • Summer students receive the following:
    • A payment of $5,000 toward third-year law school tuition;
    • A $500 book allowance for third year.
  • Inclusion in all in-house education programs such as lunch presentations;
  • In-house seminars focused specifically on student skills – working with staff, litigation, writing, research skills, chambers practice, drafting wills, conveyances, and many more;
  • Invitations to firm social events such as softball games, hockey games, a ski-race in Whistler, client receptions, holiday receptions and golf tournaments;
  • A private office with a door;
  • Relative freedom to structure your day according to your work assignments.

Students spend as much time at the office as necessary to complete assignments. If they are involved in a trial or have a strict court-imposed deadline, this can include weekend and evening work.

We encourage students to communicate what they need in terms of work-life balance. The articling year can be overwhelming – learning how to manage your workload to be productive in a team environment is essential for success. Demonstrating that you are proactive and conscious of doing the best job possible is part of what makes a successful lawyer.

  • We have a formal policy and assess pro bono work on a case-by-case basis
  • Students are encouraged to volunteer at pro bono clinics
  • Many of our lawyers volunteer as supervising lawyers at pro bono clinics such as the Law Students Legal Advice Program
  • We recognize that pro bono work is part of our professional responsibility to encourage access to the legal system for everyone.

Yes. The firm sponsors scholarships and bursaries in the faculties of law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Many of our lawyers are involved with the University of British Columbia, for example:

  • Raj Samtani is an adjunct professor, teaching the Law in Medicine course;
  • Guy Brown and Terry Robertson have lectured at the third year appellate advocacy course;
  • Abigail Turner tutors students in the ethics at the Faculty of Medicine;
  • Kim Jakeman has lectured at the Faculty of Medicine Education Day;
  • Maureen Lundell has lectured as part of the Faculty of Arts Career Expo.

We also participate in the On Campus Interview (OCI) process, which precedes articling applications.

Our hireback rates are comparable to most other downtown firms.

We generally hire 2 or 3 students each year. If a student decides not to stay with the firm, or is not asked to join the firm as an associate, we will assist students with finding a suitable employer before the end of the articling year.

Articling Students, 2017-2018

Law School: University of Victoria

Law School: University of Victoria

Law School: University of British Columbia

Law School: University of British Columbia

Law School: University of Victoria

Summer Students, 2017

Law School: University of Victoria
Undergrad: University of British Columbia

Law School: University of Alberta
Undergrad: Trinity Western University

Law School: University of Alberta
Undergrad: University of British Columbia

Articling Students, 2016-2017

Law School: University of British Columbia
Undergrad: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Master of Science in Chemistry, University of Winnipeg: Bachelor of Science, in Chemistry
Claim to fame: Daniel worked as a Clerk at the City of Winnipeg Zoning and Permits Branch where he issued plumbing and electrical permits.
Email: dkozera@harpergrey.com

Law School: University of Victoria
Undergrad: University of Alberta: Honours Bachelor of Science – Molecular Genetics
Claim to fame: Volunteered with the “Together Against Poverty Society” and the “Cross Cancer Institute”
Email: lmiller@harpergrey.com

Law School: University of British Columbia
Undergrad: Harvard University: Bachelor of Arts
Claim to fame: Taught English in South Korea and the Marshall Islands, wrote study guides for US high school students in California and worked on a farm in New Zealand.
Email: ccrismancox@harpergrey.com

Law School: University of British Columbia
Undergrad: Vancouver Island University: Bachelors of Sports Health and Physical Education with Distinction, Minor in Business
Claim to fame: Was captain of varsity volleyball team at Vancouver Island University, Vice President of the UBC Law Beavers rugby team and played on the UBC Eagles hockey team.
Email: bweninger@harpergrey.com

Summer Students, 2016

Law School: University of British Columbia
Email: dlambert@harpergrey.com

Law School: University of Victoria
Email: krogerson@harpergrey.com

Law School: University of British Columbia
Email: psaunders@harpergrey.com

How to Apply

  • We respect the articling guidelines set out by the Vancouver Bar Association (VBA). Visit their website for application details.
  • Generally, the deadline for articling applications is June 30 each year, and for summer students the deadline is September 15.
  • Each year we hire three summer students and we adhere to the VBA guidelines for hiring summer students. We have hired all of our articling students for 2017-2018 and will not be accepting any further applications for those positions. We will be hiring three 2018 summer articling students and two 2018-2019 articling students.

Ready to Apply?

Please send a resume, transcript, undergraduate marks and a covering letter to lzee@harpergrey.com or:

c/o Lara Zee, Partner,
Harper Grey LLP,
3200 – 650 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC,
V6B 4P7

“Harper Grey articled students receive the wide range of experience necessary to develop a comprehensive skill set for the real world of law. I am committed to helping them reach their potential for excellence.”

Lori Williams, Director of Training + Development

“The articling program at Harper Grey is well-rounded, offering a solicitor’s component with a focus on litigation. My articles provided me with incredible exposure to litigation at all levels.”

Brett Weninger, Articled Student 2016-2017

“We encourage open-mindedness and forward thinking and offer students a hands-on learning experience in the Business Law Practice Group.”

Prentice Durbin, Associate Counsel

"I chose Harper Grey because I wanted to learn from top litigators. During my articles, I appeared in court several times and I was responsible for preparing extensive submissions for summary trial."

Michael Robinson, Associate

"During my summer articles, I accompanied a senior partner to Small Claims Court, where he sits as a night court adjudicator. My role was to brief some of his cases for the evening. It was an opportunity to clerk without clerking. This is a unique feature of the student experience at Harper Grey."

Laura Miller, Summer Student 2015, Articled Student 2016-2017

"During my articles, I was given meaningful projects that were integral to ongoing litigation. It was rewarding to feel that my contributions were of value, and that I was part of the litigation team."

Djuna Field, Associate

"I had an invaluable articling experience at Harper Grey. I expected that I would not see the inside of a courtroom as a student, however nothing could be further from the truth. I appeared before the Provincial Court on a regular basis and I attended the Supreme Court of B.C. with two senior partners for the duration of a one-month trial."

Lindsay Johnston, Associate
Get in touch