TITLE:† JUDICIAL LAW CLERK, SUPERIOR COURTS JUDICIARY

 

 

JOB OVERVIEW

To perform a variety of legal research, writing, editing and other support tasks to assist
Superior Court judges in the performance of their judicial role and work.

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

         Undertake legal research at the direction of assigned judges

         Prepare legal memoranda and other written materials at the direction of assigned judges

         Undertake editing and proofreading of draft Reasons for Judgment, or other writing at the request of assigned judges

         If assigned in the Court of Appeal, undertake the preparation of Preliminary Memoranda

         If assigned in the Court of Appeal, participate in research and writing for annual update of various court manuals

 

EDUCATION AND SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

         Graduation from or completion of all academic requirements for graduation from a Canadian law school or equivalent prior to the commencement of clerkship program

         Successful completion of security screening requirement of the BC Public Service, which includes a criminal records check

 

EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES†

         Experience and proficiency in conducting legal research, including proficiency in using online legal research sources and tools

         Experience and proficiency in editing and proofreading

         Experience and proficiency in using MS Office

         Some preference given to candidates who have worked as a Research Assistant, or have completed a thesis based Masterís or PhD program, or have acquired research and writing experience in an employment setting

         Experience and proficiency in written and oral communication

         Ability to systematically identify and analyze legal issues and effectively communicate findings and conclusions in writing and orally†

         Ability to engage confidently with assigned judges to present research results and† discuss legal issues

         Ability to manage competing demands and project priorities and produce high quality work under strict timelines

         Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively on a team with others

         Ability to use tact, discretion and good judgment when dealing with confidential material, and with situations that call for sensitivity

         Ability to conduct oneself with professionalism and integrity

         Willingness to accept constraints on engaging in some volunteer or other non-work activities for the duration of the clerkship