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Classification: Cooperative Education Training Program Level 2
Salary: $1,947.99 bi-weekly

The law coop student position is open to second-year law students who are pursuing a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The position is only open to Indigenous applicants.

The term of this opportunity is from May 1 to September 1, 2023. The position is located in Richmond and the successful candidate may work a hybrid in-office and remote work schedule.
An eligibility list may be established. A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here.

The law coop student can be performed remotely from anywhere in British Columbia, or from WCAT’s office in Richmond.

An eligibility list may be established.

About WCAT

The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that we serve communities throughout British Columbia. Many WCAT tribunal members work remotely from different areas of British Columbia. Our office is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people, and our work spans the traditional territories of 198 First Nations and 38 Métis chartered communities across B.C.

WCAT is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal that workers or employers can go to if they want to appeal a decision from WorkSafeBC. WCAT is the final level of appeal in the B.C. workers’ compensation system. It has authority to decide appeals about specific types of work-related matters outlined in section 288 and 289 of the Workers Compensation Act. WCAT decides appeals from decisions of the Review Division at WorkSafeBC and other direct appeals from WorkSafeBC, such as a certification to court.

WCAT acknowledges that truth-telling, learning, reconciliation, and actions is a long journey. Though WCAT provides this opportunity to Indigenous law students, WCAT also hopes to learn from the successful candidate and build reciprocal and meaningful relationships within the context of reconciliation. This initiative will increase opportunities in administrative law and the workers’ compensation system for Indigenous law students who have been historically underrepresented in administrative tribunals.

Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace. WCAT is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens per the Public Service Act. We welcome and encourage applications from women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities and learning opportunities, please refer to the job profile.

Job Requirements

To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below and in the job profile:

  • Self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations – status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit)
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary law program at the time of applying for this opportunity, and will have completed the second year of this program by May 2023
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed courses in administrative law, legal research, and legal writing

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the behavioural competencies as outlined in the job profile.

WCAT may hold a virtual information session if there is sufficient interest from prospective applicants. The information session would provide details on the Workers’ Compensation Tribunal and the BC Public Service, the law coop student opportunity and application process, career opportunities at WCAT and in administrative law, and WCAT’s Calls to Actions initiatives. Please respond to by Friday, February 17, 2023 if you are interested in attending.

Application Requirements

Cover letter required: NO – Do not submit a cover letter with your application as it will not be reviewed.
Resume required: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment, volunteer, post-secondary and community service history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Closing Date: Submit your resume to by Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11pm.

If you have any questions, please contact, or at 604-664-7809.