“As a summer student at Farris, I had many opportunities to get involved with interesting files in meaningful ways, including drafting pleadings, meeting with clients, and going to court, just to name a few! The flexibility of the program really allowed me to make the experience my own, and I was able to work with many incredible lawyers in a wide variety of areas of law. I was especially grateful for the support and guidance I received from my mentors, as well as the friendly environment amongst our student cohort.”

DANIELLE WIERENGA, SUMMER ARTICLED STUDENT

The culture of Farris is supportive. We embrace diversity while rewarding performance. We encourage people to take on responsibility and to find their own path. We have a strong interest in ensuring that our students have the best possible opportunities for professional and personal growth. We invest in you.

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When we hire summer students for our Vancouver office, we hire in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association interview guidelines. The recruitment cycle takes place each year during the fall and is open to second-year law students attending Canadian law schools. For more information regarding the guidelines, please visit the Vancouver Bar Association website here.

Please note that, applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment from Farris will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada as a condition of employment and to maintain their status as fully vaccinated as a condition of continued employment.  Farris will consider individual requests for accommodation by applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated due to disability or other protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.

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2023 SUMMER STUDENT RECRUITMENT CYCLE
KEY RECRUITMENT DATES:

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT
  • Intention to Call emails: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. PT – Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. PT
  • Interview Call Day: Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. PT
  • Blackout Period: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Sunday, October 23, 2022
    • Note: This is a 3 week blackout period due to the timing of religious holidays.
  • In-Firm Interview Week: Monday, October 24 2022 to Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • Job Offer Day: Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. PT (Offers to remain open until Friday, October 28, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. PT)

 

When we hire articling students, we hire in accordance with the Vancouver Bar Association articling interview guidelines. The recruitment cycle typically takes place each year during July and August and is open to third-year law students and law school graduates. For more information regarding the guidelines, please visit the Vancouver Bar Association website here. If we are hiring in the current cycle, you will see additional information posted below. If you do not see any dates/deadlines posted, it means we are not recruiting in the current cycle.

Please note that, applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment from Farris will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada as a condition of employment and to maintain their status as fully vaccinated as a condition of continued employment.  Farris will consider individual requests for accommodation by applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated due to disability or other protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.

Q: How do I apply to Farris?

A: If you’re interested in summer articling positions in our Vancouver office, please apply through the viLaw Portal.

Q: How many students does Farris typically hire each year?

A: We hire 5-7 summer students for our Vancouver office. We occasionally hire 1-2 articled students outside of the summer student recruit.

Q: What qualities does Farris look for in a student?

A: We value the diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities that our students bring to the firm. Those we hire share a genuine passion for the law and a drive to excel. Our mentors support and encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone.

Q: What materials should I include in my application?

A: Your application should be addressed to our Manager, Student Programs, Rebecca Levi. Please include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copies of official transcripts (law school and undergraduate)
  • Reference letters (optional)
  • Proof of Accreditation (if you studied law outside Canada)

Q: How do you review applications?

A: We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We do not have a strict GPA cut-off, preference for certain law schools or undergraduate backgrounds. Candidates are assessed based on a complete review of their academic, professional and personal achievements.

Q: What is the firm’s interview style like?

A: We take a conversational approach. We want to get to know you—beyond your resume. We want to know how your academic, professional and personal experiences have shaped you, and to fully appreciate your motivation for pursuing law and a career at Farris.

Q: What can I expect during Interview Week?

A: You will be joined by other candidates in our main boardroom for coffee and snacks where you will be welcomed by our Manager of Student Programs and other current students. You will have two separate interviews, each with one partner and one associate. The process lasts about one hour. We may also invite you for a meal or follow-up interview throughout the week.

Q: Does Farris offer legal internships?

A: We do not offer internships for prospective law students or international students. Please refer to our current openings section for available opportunities.

We encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone and take on complex tasks, while providing support and guidance. At Farris, students routinely appear in court and chambers, attend client meetings and examinations, assist with transaction closings, and draft court documents and commercial agreements.

We don’t believe in strict rotations or micro-managing workflow. An important part of being a student is exploring different practice areas until you find an area you are truly passionate about and a group of people you love working with. Our self-directed approach gives students the freedom to pursue their interests and to guide their own course. We have over 50 practice areas and industries to explore.

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We shape our students to be team players and future leaders. Students routinely junior on highly-complex commercial matters and litigation disputes for many of Canada’s leading public institutions and private companies. At the same time, we seek opportunities for students to run their own small claim files from beginning to end and to develop their advocacy and file management skills.

Our Director of Professional Development and Manager of Student Programs are here to support you from your first day of orientation to your Call to the Bar and beyond.

We pair each student with a Principal and an associate mentor who play an active role in our students’ professional development: they take students on one-on-one lunches, participate in the student review process and answer questions.

Students also have access to a series of legal skills workshops, a law library with two full-time librarians, an assistant, and a range of other resources to support them in their development.

Meaningful and constructive feedback is key to your professional development. Our lawyers take the time to provide ongoing, project-specific feedback to help our students build confidence and refine their skills.

We also provide our students with a formal review process. These evaluations provide students with a comprehensive assessment of their hard and soft skills as well as actionable advice on how to move forward in their professional development.

We recognize the value of our people and provide a competitive salary and benefits package in line with the big firm market in Vancouver.

ARTICLED STUDENTS

  • Annual Salary:
    • $80,000
  • Vacation
    • Two weeks paid
  • Health Coverage:
    • Medical, dental, life insurance, AD&D, extended health, and long-term disability coverage
  • Tuition & Membership
    • Full salary during the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC)
    • Articling enrollment and bar admission fees
    • Canadian Bar Association membership fee

SUMMER STUDENTS:

  • Annual Salary:
    • $80,000
  • Vacation
    • 4% vacation pay
  • Tuition & Membership
    • $6,500 tuition payment for students who return to article at the firm
    • Temporary articling enrollment fees

Summering at Farris provided me with meaningful work and experience at a high-performing law firm! With no set rotations and a welcoming associate and partner team, I was able to explore new practice areas, get involved in exciting and fast-paced files, and develop my skills for articling and beyond.

ALEKSANDRA ZIVKOVIC

Summer Articled Student

As a summer student at Farris, I had many opportunities to get involved with interesting files in meaningful ways, including drafting pleadings, meeting with clients, and going to court, just to name a few! The flexibility of the program really allowed me to make the experience my own, and I was able to work with many incredible lawyers in a wide variety of areas of law. I was especially grateful for the support and guidance I received from my mentors, as well as the friendly environment amongst our student cohort.

DANIELLE WIERENGA

Summer Articled Student

Throughout my summer at Farris, I was given the opportunity to apply my skills and contribute to files with many bright and motivated lawyers in various areas of law.  Farris does an excellent job providing students with meaningful work in areas they are interested in while ensuring students are well supported.  I felt like I was pushing myself and learning a lot, but if I was ever unsure something along the way, lawyers were always available to help.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the firm and I think the skills I strengthened and the relationships I built will benefit me moving forward.

JACK SOROKIN

Summer Articled Student

My summer at Farris wasn’t only delightful because I finally got to leave my house, meet people in person, and smile at something other than a webcam (a novelty in 2021!). I relished the opportunity to work on substantive issues, contribute meaningfully to files, and learn from a wide range of lawyers with different practices, experiences, and approaches to the law. Ultimately, the people at Farris made my summer great. Collaborating with everyone from partners to other students taught me so much about the law and about lawyering, and throughout I felt truly welcomed and supported by the firm.

DAXTON BOERÉ

Articled Student

During my summer articles at Farris, I was incorporated onto files with support and responsibility allowing for meaningful participation, mentorship, and practical experience. The support offered by my colleagues allowed me to feel comfortable and confident in my work while learning to balance the demands, stresses, and intricacies of the work itself.

In my summer at Farris, I was entrusted with meaningful work and built relationships with my colleagues that will extend well beyond my summer. I helped win an environmental protection injunction and saw the file from the beginning all the way to the hearing in my short three months. Farris truly cares about immersing their students in real, practical legal work while offering them a well-developed culture of support and mentorship.

As a queer person, finding a firm with a supportive and diverse culture was important for me. My experience at Farris has exceeded my expectations in every aspect; Farris ensured that our diverse student group felt accepted, supported, and capable throughout our entire summer program. At Farris I was able to learn and work in an environment of excellence while being my true authentic self.

SYDNEY SNAPE

Articled Student

My summer at Farris exposed me to diverse practice areas and gave me the opportunity to work with lawyers who are leaders in their field. I appreciated the culture of mentorship and collegiality at the firm. As a summer student, I was encouraged to pursue my interests and further develop the skillset for a successful legal career.

WILLIAM WIJAYA

Articled Student

 

We have little use for bureaucracy. Our firm is founded on relationships rather than committees. Our philosophy isn’t about billable targets for our students, associates or partners. Farris people are self-motivated, driven individuals who pursue excellence and satisfaction both at work and outside the office.

Student offices are typically located next to one another to encourage our students to get to know one another and collaborate on tasks.

These include:

  • Farris has formed an official partnership with Access Pro Bono Society of BC to assume a steady stream of work from their various Roster Programs, including Wills & Estates, Family, Administrative, Civil and Charities/NPOs. Students are encouraged to participate in this partnership, and are supervised in this work by Senior Associates with specialized knowledge in the relevant areas.
  • Outside the APB partnership, Farris Litigators and students routinely act in Small Claims Court trials on behalf of pro bono clients.

Farris & Lex Mundi make Global Impact

Farris is pleased to support the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. The Foundation has provided more than 800 social entrepreneurs with critical legal assistance in 75 countries. Through our longstanding and rewarding partnership with Lex Mundi we can all continue to work to strengthen the global pro bono culture and to improve lives and communities around the world, not just here at home. To hear a little bit about this global impact, check out this video! To learn more about the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation’s work click here.

  • We recognize that unconscious bias can result in inequitable hiring practices, and have provided our recruit and interview team with external professional training to recognize and correct any such instances that may arise through the process.
  • Our female partners regularly lead mentorship seminars and host evenings out for our female associates and students in order to provide them with the mentorship, leadership development, and resources they need to succeed in their practice.
  • We offer competitive, flexible parental leave programs to ensure that our associates are empowered to be both great parents and great lawyers.
  • We have a dedicated lawyer responsible for overseeing our diversity programs and initiatives. As part of their mandate, this lawyer monitors the attrition of diverse lawyers and the retention of our associates.

Lex Mundi and its member firms value diversity. We respect and embrace all people, including those of different ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, physical abilities, races, religious beliefs and sexual orientations. We value the experiences, knowledge and talents of all individuals in our firms and in our communities. We support and promote non-discriminatory practices that advance equal treatment of, and opportunity for, all people, and encourage meaningful participation by a broad cross-section of people in our firms and in our communities.

THEN: Senator Farris defends society outsiders, including a group of Chinese persons charged with gaming. He was sometimes called a ‘radical’ by his opponents, a description which apparently pleased him.

NOW: Farris lawyers provide pro bono services to AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization committed to assisting people affected by HIV and AIDS.

THEN: Evlyn Fenwick Farris founds the University Women’s Club of Vancouver and the Women’s Liberal Association

NOW: Farris partner, Rebecca Morse, plays a leading role in the Justicia Project, aimed at retaining and advancing women in private practice.

THEN: Elizabeth (Betty) Harrison becomes one of the first women partners in a Vancouver law firm.

NOW: Farris partners present at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in order to support women entrepreneurs at the key stages of business development.

Meet our students

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CURRENT STUDENTS