Our Whitehorse office is relatively small, and we foster an environment that is collegial, informal, and respectful. Our outstanding lawyers and support staff in Whitehorse comprise a highly professional, effective team involved in a wide range of exciting and diverse practice areas.
Our office environment enables us to craft an articling program that is flexible and dynamic. We do not follow a structured rotation program for our articled students, but we ensure that our students work with each of our lawyers, and are introduced to all of the areas of practice in which our Whitehorse office is engaged. Each student is assigned a principal, who supervises and monitors the quality, variety, and amount of the student's work.
To satisfy the requirements of The Law Society of Yukon, our Whitehorse articled students complete the British Columbia Professional Legal Training Coure ("PLTC") and related qualification examinations. Accordingly, students articling in our Whitehorse office are able to concurrently complete the requirements for call to the bar in the Yukon and in British Columbia.
All of our firm's administrative resources are available to our articled students as necessary.
Our firm law library is administered by a professional law librarian and experienced library assistants, who provide reference assistance to our students and lawyers across Canada. Online research is, of course, available and all of our students are trained in using and searching computer databases. All students and lawyers have access to Quicklaw and Westlaw.
The professional development of our students is a priority. Our national Director of Student Programs coordinates a series of weekly seminars for our articled students designed to provide instruction and guidance on various practice-related topics, including conflicts of interest, the business of law, professional civility and courtesy, risk management, and effective client communication. We also discuss additional topics such as advocacy, solicitors’ opinions, trial preparation, commercial closings, and drafting pleadings. Our students are also welcome and encouraged to participate in other firm-wide professional development seminars and presentations.
Compensation and Benefits
Articled student salaries and benefits in our Whitehorse office are competitive within the local market.
Each student’s salary is paid while attending PLTC (10 weeks in duration, typically in Vancouver), and we also pay the course fee. We will also assist, on an individual basis, with the expenses related to travelling to and staying in Vancouver during PLTC.
We (as do most Whitehorse firms) typically hire articled students in the few months before graduation from law school.
The hiring criteria that we apply are varied and flexible. While strong academic achievement is obviously important, our primary emphasis is on hiring candidates who are personable and who demonstrate, through their résumés and interviews, initiative, an ability to communicate effectively, leadership, involvement in law-related and community activities, and team spirit.
Candidates wishing to apply for an articled student position should forward a cover letter and résumé, with copies of transcripts from post-secondary institutions, to:
Rodney Snow, Q.C.
Suite 201, The Taku Building
4109 4th Ave
Whitehorse YT Y1A 1H6