Law Student & Internship Opportunities
Every summer we welcome a new group of summer law students to our office. A typical placement runs from early May until mid-August, 4 days per week.
Law students and legal volunteers are a critical part of our work, and we aim to provide a meaningful exposure to public interest environmental law. Successful applicants assist staff lawyers in the areas of law reform, legal research and legal education.
Our current work includes innovative approaches to climate change compensation, providing legal analysis and advocacy to improve environmental assessment, energy regulation, and fish protection, developing legal protection for marine and coastal areas, and supporting urban sustainability and resilience. West Coast Environmental Law also provides legal and strategic support to First Nations who are revitalizing, articulating, and applying aspects of their laws in relation to questions of environmental governance. In all of our work we recognize that Indigenous law is law and are committed to approaches that support reconciliation. We also have a summary advice program that offers support to communities who face emerging environmental issues.
Our work atmosphere is engaged, but informal. Our summer student positions offer modest compensation commensurate with our status as a not-for-profit organization, and we encourage students to seek the funding assistance of their law faculties, where available.
Applications for summer 2017 placements are now being accepted. The deadline for receipt of applications for summer 2017 is December 31, 2016.
If you are a law student or a recent graduate interested in applying for a 2017 summer position, please send a cover letter and a resume in one PDF file to:
Subject line: 2017 summer student application
We also accept applications for legal volunteers throughout the year. If you are interested in applying to be a legal volunteer during the September - May period, please send us a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and an indication of your availability. Address the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Legal volunteer inquiry.
To see the bios of past law student volunteers, please click here.
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.