Clerking and You

BY Jennifer Lau, Acting Director; Chiara Woods, Acting Associate Director; and Tracy Wachmann, Public Interest Coordinator

Clerking Information

Do You:

  • Enjoy the academic and intellectual aspects of law?
  • Have an interest in litigation and want to gain insight into judicial reasoning and decision making?
  • Enjoy legal research and legal discussion?
  • Have excellent legal research and writing skills?
  • Not mind having an extended articling period?

If so, you may want to consider applying for a judicial clerkship. Clerking is a unique opportunity to spend a year working “behind the scenes” in a Court. The chance to observe counsel and litigants of all stripes arguing their cases in court and assist judges as they craft their decisions is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Clerks often maintain collegial relationships not only with their judges, but also with their fellow law clerks.

The duties of a law clerk vary from court to court and from judge to judge. Generally, however, law clerks are responsible for researching and writing preliminary memoranda (brief summaries of the cases coming before the court based on the written submissions of the parties), conducting post-hearing research, and editing judgments.

Law students usually apply for clerkships in their 2nd year, which commence after graduation.  If you are interested in applying for a Canadian Clerkship, note that application deadlines range from November to April.  Please see the Judicial Clerkships 2014-2015 handout on Symplicity which contains information about the application process, interview preparation, application deadlines, and names of former clerks. 

We welcome the opportunity to review your clerkship application materials. Students may book an appointment with a member of the CSO team on Symplicity.

Get in touch with Career Services.

All roads lead to Symplicity (www.ubclawcareers.com). If you do not have a Symplicity login, email careers@law.ubc.ca so that you can access our Document Library, review job postings, upload your resume, and make appointments with Jennifer Lau, Chiara Woods or Tracy Wachmann. We look forward to helping you with your job search!

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