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Classification: Cooperative Education Training Program Level 2
Salary: $2,136.88 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 August 30, 2024. The position is located in Richmond and the successful candidate may work a hybrid in-office and remote schedule. At a minimum, the successful candidate will be expected to travel to the office for their initial training period, at the end of their term and on a monthly basis. Travel expenses from a location outside of the lower mainland will be reimbursed. An eligibility list may be established. A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required

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 2024
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed courses in administrative law, legal research, and legal writing

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 by March 8, 2024, at 11pm.

If you have any questions, please contact or at 236-235-1512.