Job Posting 68698

Staff Lawyer
British Columbia Law Institute
WORK FROM HOME (Telecommute), Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Peter A. Allard School of Law
closed 5 days ago (Tue, 2 Mar)
full time  •  $70,000 - $80,000 - Salary will depend on experience

British Columbia Law Institute & Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Employment Opportunity

Staff Lawyer Position

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) seek a lawyer who is passionate about law reform to join our team. The successful candidate will have an interest in addressing fundamental legal and systemic issues, and developing solutions for a better future for Canada’s aging population and for all British Columbians.

About us

Since 1997, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) has existed as a not-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize the law. BCLI carries out scholarly research, writing, and analysis for law reform. We work to strengthen laws by bringing stakeholders together, develop just and innovative solutions, and increase access to justice. As an independent institute, our work includes projects related to laws across British Columbia.

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is a division of the BCLI focused on issues related to aging. Established in 2003, the CCEL conducts research and develops reports and educational tools for legal professionals, seniors, and others. CCEL’s approach is highly collaborative – we work with many organizations, including West Coast LEAF, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., and the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Studies. The CCEL is recognized internationally for its expertise in elder law.

The Role

You will work as part of the BCLI/CCEL team under the direction of the BCLI Executive Director. This is a permanent full-time position based at our office in Vancouver. The position involves:

  • Conducting legal research, writing and analysis in support of ongoing BCLI and CCEL law reform projects
  • Consulting with stakeholders to support law and policy reform activities
  • Producing content for publications, including law reform reports, study papers, and public legal education tools
  • Producing articles for our blog and other publications to promote the work of the BCLI and CCEL
  • Developing project plans, project schedules, and helping to identify funding
  • Managing BCLI and CCEL projects
  • Undertaking public communications and outreach on behalf of BCLI and CCEL in support of our projects
  • Supervising interns, co-op, and summer students

The early focus of this position will primarily be on CCEL and elder law projects. Future workload will depend on funding and organizational needs.


In addition to being a member of the Law Society of BC, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate the following:

  • Outstanding legal research and writing skills with the ability to manage extensive comparative research (both national and international)
  • Strong ability to identify policy issues and explain options for how the law should change
  • Experience in issues related to elder law, including wills and estates practice, BC representation agreements, and advance planning for health, personal care and finance
  • Experience in developing and giving presentations on law reform topics to a range of audiences, both online and in-person
  • Interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work within a high functioning team that includes administrative staff
  • Willingness to consider respectfully many points of view
  • Developing skills as a group-facilitator and public speaker
  • Demonstrating or developing skills related to project management

The following skills and experiences would be an asset in this role:

  • Fluency in French or other languages
  • Experience developing educational resources or public legal education learning tools (print, video, online)
  • Training in qualitative or quantitative research
  • Ability to apply a gender-based analysis + and cultural safety and humility to research and writing

The BCLI/CCEL values diversity, and particularly acknowledges the expertise applicants may bring related to their identity and personal experiences. We welcome applications from members of communities experiencing structural discrimination, including Indigenous people, racialized people, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary People, Two-Spirit people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify any personal characteristics or experiences that support our commitment to diversity if they feel comfortable doing so.


The BCLI offices are located at the Peter A. Allard School of Law on Coast Salish Territories. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staff members are primarily working remotely. As circumstances evolve, we anticipate that the staff lawyer will do a combination of remote-based and in-office work, subject to public health orders, UBC guidance, BCLI’s own protocols, and individual health needs.

Salary and Benefits

BCLI offers a generous benefits and vacation package. Salary will depend on experience. The salary for this position ranges from $70,000 - $80,000.

How to apply

Applications should include a cover letter, resume detailing relevant experience, and a legal writing sample of not more than 20 pages. Please submit your application to Karen Campbell, Executive Director, at with the subject line “Staff Lawyer Position”.

To be considered for this position, your application must be received by 5 pm on Monday, March 1, 2021. We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates in mid- March via remote videoconferencing. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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