Law Student (Recurring Term) 2023
Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality’s core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.
HRM is the largest municipality in Atlantic Canada and employs over 3,600 people. Its departments include Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development, Halifax Transit, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, and Halifax Regional Police.
HRM Legal Services is the department responsible for the provision of legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality through its Council, committees and staff. The department is organized into four practice groups: Litigation, Municipal & Administrative Law, Commercial, and Prosecutions.
We currently seek one, second year law student for a summer position. Subject to performance, budget, and organizational requirements, we anticipate the summer student returning to our office the following year as our Articled Clerk. The offer of employment that results from this competition will be for the summer student position only. A subsequent offer of employment as an Articled Clerk is not guaranteed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The summer student is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal support to the 20+ lawyers in HRM Legal Services. Responsibilities include:
• conducting research
• preparing legal documents and memoranda
• interpreting legislation and regulations
• meeting with clients
• drafting by-laws, and assisting lawyers in representing the Municipality before the Courts, labour arbitrators, and various specialized tribunals
• functioning both independently and in a team environment
Candidates will be evaluated holistically through the following assessment process:
• Written Application – Resume, covering letter, and printout of unofficial transcript due on or before closing date. All candidates must include a current email address on their application as it will be the method of communication.
• Writing Sample – Legal scenario to be provided to selected candidates for preparation of a short memo. Instructions to be provided via email.
• Interviews – Interviews will be offered to selected candidates.
During the interview process, candidates may be asked to speak to their commitment to diversity and inclusion; communication skills; dependability; organization; initiative; teamwork; time management; attention to detail; and competency with computer software.
Education and Experience:
The successful candidate must meet the following qualification:
• currently enrolled in second year of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree program at a recognized university.
Technical/Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:
The following previous education, work or volunteer experience will be considered assets:
• Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing
• Experience identifying, analyzing and communicating complex issues
• Experience conducting legal research and writing – particularly drafting, interpreting or applying legislation, regulations or common law principles
• Exposure to and knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of government and the public sector
• Experience in a professional environment, managing multiple demands, and meeting deadlines
Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.
Please note – Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion. Interviews, testing, and in-person recruitment activities are being conducted in adherence with current COVID-19 Public Health protocols.
Work Status: Temporary, up to 4 months
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 35 hours per week
Salary: $22 per hour – Summer Student rate
Work Location: 1809 Barrington Street CIBC Building, 7th Floor
Closing Date: Applications will be received up to 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. All applicants must include a copy of their unofficial transcript upon applying for this position.
Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 02/07/2023