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“Articling at Farris has exposed me to dynamic work and truly outstanding colleagues. The firm’s immersive approach allows me to play an active role on files and feel like a key member of the team.”
CRAIG MCCUE, ARTICLING 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, 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.
2021 SUMMER STUDENT RECRUITMENT CYCLE
KEY RECRUITMENT DATES (VANCOUVER):
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Manitoba: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
- Saskatchewan: Thursday, February 4, 2021
- NCA Network: Friday, February 5, 2021
- UofA, UofC: Monday, February 8, 2021
- UVic: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
- Dalhousie: Thursday, February 11, 2021
- Ontario Schools/McGill: Friday, February 12, 2021
- UBC: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021
- Make-up OCIs: Thursday, February 18, 2021
- TRU: Friday, February 19, 2021
- ITC (Intention to Call) E-mails: 8am PT on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 to 8pm PT on Wednesday, February 24, 2021
- Interview Call Day: 8am PT on Thursday, February 25, 2021
- Blackout Period: Monday, February 22, 2021 to Sunday, March 7, 2021
- Virtual Interview Week: Monday, March 8, 2021 to Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Job Offer Day: 8am PT on Thursday, March 11 2021
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.
Q: How do I apply to Farris?
A: If you’re interested in summer articling positions, 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 and 1 summer student for our Kelowna 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
- 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 join us in our virtual boardroom via Zoom, where you will be welcomed by our Manager of Student Programs & Marketing and other current students. You will then be transferred to a break-out room where you will meet with a team consisting of one partner and one associate for about 20 minutes. This meeting will be followed by a second 20 minute meeting with another partner and associate. The whole process should last roughly one hour. We may also invite you for a 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.
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 at the top of the market.
- Annual Salary:
- $65,000 (Vancouver)
- $55,000 (Kelowna)
- 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
- Annual Salary:
- $65,000 (Vancouver)
- $55,000 (Kelowna)
- 4% vacation pay
- Tuition & Membership
- $6,500 tuition payment for students who return to article at the firm
- Temporary articling enrollment fees
My experience at Farris has been defined by a diverse variety of meaningful work and invaluable mentorship opportunities. It is a privilege to learn from supportive lawyers, outstanding fellow students and skilled staff. Engaging work is well-balanced with firm supported social gatherings and activities.
My time at Farris has been rich with diverse opportunities. As an articling student, I have been involved with files at every stage of the litigation process and gained practical experience in all the practice areas that interest me most.
Articling at Farris has exposed me to dynamic work and truly outstanding colleagues. The firm’s immersive approach allows me to play an active role on files and feel like a key member of the team.
Everyday can bring different work and that diversity proves to be a rewarding challenge. But more than just the work, the lawyers at Farris have made my experience exceptional.
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.
- Access Pro Bono Society of BC Roster Programs
- 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. Our first round of application review is ‘blind’ – we black out candidate names to ensure that decisions are not influenced by gender or ethnicity.
- 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.