Vancouver Student Program
We are committed to our students and place considerable emphasis on our student programs, recognizing that the surest way to guarantee our continued success is to recruit, nurture, and provide opportunities for our young lawyers to learn and develop.
Fasken is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Our firm’s 700 lawyers are located across offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London and Johannesburg. Providing strategic and thoughtful advice in all areas of business law, our broad range of clients include close to half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as corporate clients, government agencies, regulatory authorities, non-profit bodies and individuals.
We pride ourselves on a collegial, respectful, team-oriented atmosphere, and recognize that who we work with is as important as what we do. The valued members of our firm share a commitment to serving clients, the profession, and the larger community.
Open House Firm Tour
Each spring, we host an Open House Firm Tour for all current law students, recent graduates or NCA candidates who are interested in learning more about the student program at Fasken in Vancouver, but were not able to attend the individual tours organized by the various law schools. Please check back in the spring for details of the next Open House.
Our summer students are provided with a stimulating and challenging learning experience prior to their final year of law school. The program is intended to begin building the bridge between your studies and your legal career. As part of our collaborative approach, we consult with you to discuss your goals and objectives. You are able to gain experience in a variety of areas, and are assigned one or two major projects during the summer. You will also have the option to participate in a 3-4 week secondment with a client or at one of our other Fasken offices.
Each summer student is assigned a principal and a mentor, who are there to act as a support and resource for students as they become familiar with the private practice environment and legal work. The mentors, together with the Director of Professional Development, check in regularly to ensure that students are receiving interesting work and are responsible for providing students with feedback.
Click here for more information about our Summer Student Program.
Prior to beginning your articles, we work together to schedule your rotations and seek out an experience that matches your career objectives. Our articling program includes four rotations: business; litigation; labour, employment and human rights; and junioring. These rotations are designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas that will be valuable to your knowledge of the firm's work and help you determine what your top areas of interest in practice are.
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Salary & Benefits
Fasken pays our students competitive salaries, including a $6,000 credit towards third year tuition for summer students returning to article at the firm. In addition, our articling students also receive:
- Salary and tuition for PLTC
- Extended health and dental coverage
- Life insurance
- Two weeks' paid vacation
- Membership in the Canadian Bar Association
- Fitness allowance
Evaluation & Feedback
Performance evaluations are an important part of ensuring that our students become excellent lawyers. Evaluations are completed once during the summer and twice during articles and are designed to give you valuable feedback to help you learn where you are excelling and what areas of your work need improvement. We also help you create a plan for developing your skills in any area that needs additional resources and learning.
At Fasken, we have a number of opportunities for students to get to know each other and socialize with other members of the firm. Our social activities are intended to assist students with their integration into the firm and to foster our open and supportive environment.
During the year, we have a full calendar of social events. In the past we have gone kayaking, held a lawyer/student soccer game, shared laughs over burgers and beers at our annual Student Committee Summer BBQ, gone to a Canadians "nooner" game at Nat Bailey Stadium, participated in the annual Hoop Law Charity basketball tournament, gone skiing with the VBA ski race in Whistler, held wine tastings, and participated in the Play it Forward scavenger hunt.
Diversity & Inclusion
Fasken is committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do. A diverse workplace comprises individuals with unique backgrounds, characteristics and qualities. An inclusive workplace creates an equitable environment where individuals are respected and where they are welcome.
How to Apply & What to Expect
If you share our values, are seeking a stimulating environment in which to apply your skills, talents and energies, and if you believe we can help you reach your goals, please direct your application to:
Alison Cowan, J.D.
Director, Professional Development
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
550 Burrard Street, Suite 2900
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0A3
Applications should include: cover letter, resume, and copies of transcripts from undergraduate and law studies. Reference letters and/or a list of upper year courses are optional.