Corporate Counsel Externship

The Corporate Counsel Externship (the "Externship") is comprised of seven credits in total. Five credits are allocated to the experiential component (Law 379) and two credits are allocated to the academic component (Law 380). Up to six upper year J.D. students will be admitted to the program each term. The Externship will be offered in the fall and spring terms in 2018-2019.

The Externship will provide an opportunity for students to:

  • Learn directly from experienced corporate counsel in a supportive educational environment.
  • Apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to practical legal and business matters in a particular industry.
  • Gain solicitor’s practice based experience in a supervised environment.
  • Obtain first-hand insight into professional ethics and responsibility in practice.

Application Information for Students

  • Applications due March 1, 2018.
  • Allard School of Law J.D. students in second and third year are eligible to participate.
  • Prerequisite: Law 459: Business Organizations (Note: Law 459 cannot be taken concurrently with the Externship).
  • Students must be eligible to apply to the Law Society of British Columbia for temporary articles.
  • Students are matched with organizations after acceptance to the program.

To apply for the Externship, please click here.

Academic Composition

The Externship is comprised of seven credits.

Law 379: Externship – Corporate Counsel Externship (5 credits)

Students are required to spend sixteen hours per week (two working days) for twelve weeks in the legal department of a business oriented organization. A set of learning markers must be successfully achieved by the student during the Externship.

Fall Term Placement: September 10, 2018 - November 30, 2018 (excluding Mid-Term Break).
Spring Term Placement: January 7, 2019 - April 5, 2019 (excluding Reading Week). 

Students will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Law 459: Business Organizations.

Law 380: Externship Reflection – Corporate Counsel Externship (2 credits)

Students will be graded on the following:

  • Attendance at three mandatory full-day seminars;
  • Bi-weekly reflective journal entries throughout the term;
  • In-class presentation at final seminar; and
  • Written summary of key learnings.

Fall Term mandatory seminar dates:

  • September 8, 2018
  • September 9, 2018
  • November 24, 2018

Spring Term mandatory seminar dates:

  • January 5, 2019
  • January 6, 2019
  • March 30, 2019

Note: all seminar dates fall on a weekend.

Law 459: Business Organizations.