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Law Student & Internship Opportunities

Summer 2015 (May – August)

Every summer we welcome a new group of law student volunteers to our office. A typical placement runs from early May until mid-August.

Law student volunteers are a critical part of our work, and we aim to provide them with a meaningful exposure to public interest environmental law. Successful volunteer applicants assist staff lawyers in the areas of law reform, legal research and legal education. Our current work includes law reform to address climate change, to integrate Indigenous law with environmental law, and to make urban communities more sustainable. Our work atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

Our summer volunteer positions are unpaid, and we encourage students to seek the funding assistance of their law faculties, where available. Where our own funding permits, we offer a modest honorarium. We are also open to discussing flexible scheduling arrangements to permit students to undertake part time paid employment elsewhere.

We are now accepting applications for summer law student volunteer placements for May – August 2015. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, December 19. 2014.

To apply, please send a single PDF with a cover letter and CV to admin@wcel.org, with the subject line: Summer Student 2015. We will be contacting students selected for an interview in January 2015.

Read about the experiences of our Summer 2014 Law Students.

If you are a law student or a recent graduate interested in applying to volunteer with us during some other time of the year, i.e. not summer 2015, please submit a full application including a cover letter, a CV and details of when and for how long you would like to volunteer to admin@wcel.orgno phone calls please.


To see the bios of past law student volunteers, please click here.

Read  Emma Hume's blog post about her experience traveling with two other West Coast summer law student volunteers to northern BC with West Coast to attend and witness a major gathering of First Nations against tar sands pipelines and tankers in Kitamaat.

Click here to read reflections of two of our 2012 Australian law student volunteers and click here to read about the experiences of Dani Bryant and Simone Tielesh, our 2009 summer law student volunteers.