Choosing which law firm you would like to join to begin your legal career is a big choice. This page sets out some of the information about Fasken you will want to know about our student programs and the firm in order to help you make your decision with the best information. Students that join Fasken are joining a unique firm, known for our excellence and client services. We look for students with shared values and attitude.
We are committed to our students and place considerable emphasis on our student program, 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.
We pride ourselves on a collegial, respectful and 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
Fasken Vancouver will be hosting an Open House Firm Tour this summer for law students from all law schools:
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Our office, 2900-550 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC
To register for the Open House Firm Tour, please RSVP to Amber Walker with your full name and law school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fasken Student Programs
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 also have the option to participate in a summer secondment. Secondment opportunities are either with a client or with one of our other Fasken offices for three to four weeks during the summer.
Each summer student is assigned a principal and a mentor, who is there to act as a support and resource for students as they get 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.Articling 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 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 in the future and help you determine what are your top areas of interest in practice.
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 develop a plan for developing your skills in any area that you feel needs additional resources and learning.
Salary & Benefits
Fasken pays our students competitive salaries during both summer and articles, including a $6000 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
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 articling 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 Student Committee Chair annual 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 Play it Forward scavenger hunt.
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
We hire second year law students in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association guidelines. Please submit your application through the ViDesktop Portal.
Applications should include: one page cover letter, two page resume, copies of transcripts from undergraduate and law studies. Reference letters are optional.