Law Student & Internship Opportunities

Summer 2016 (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, 4-5 days per week.

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 engaged, but 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.

Applications for summer 2016 placements are now being accepted. Please submit an application that includes a cover letter and a CV in one PDF file to  admin@wcel.org  with the subject line: SUMMER STUDENT 2016. No phone calls, please. Interviews will be conducted in January 2016, and offers to successful applicants made in late January/early February.

DEADLINE for summer 2016 applications is December 31, 2015 at 4 pm Pacific time.

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 2016, 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 about the experiences of our Summer 2015 Law Students.

Read  Emma Hume's blog post about her experience in 2010 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.