Orris Law Corporation hires one articling
student per year. Typically we conduct two
rounds of interviews, beginning early August.
Of the first group, we select three people
for a second interview, and Mr. Orris then
interviews those candidates.
We do not hire summer students.
What we look for:
must have interest in people. This can
be reflected by your volunteer work and
employment experiences outside of school.
It will also be demonstrated by your law
school course selection. It will be helpful
if you have had some experience with a
student legal aid clinic or a similar program.
You will be expected to appear in court
within your first week of articles. You
will be involved in the preparation and
conducting of significant trials. As the
articling year progresses you will be expected
to undertake your own summary conviction
trials. This position requires solid communication
and people skills.
You must also have access to a vehicle to travel around
the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, to appear at
various courts at those locations.
Your application should include:
A cover letter, your resume (no more than
two or three pages), your law school transcript,
and at least two references. Please address
your letter to Olga Schwartzkopf.
Professional Legal Training Course:
Orris Law Corporation pays for your PLTC.
We prefer that you attend the session beginning
in May, immediately after your graduation
from law school.
Our student salary is on par with the usual
salary of an articled student practicing
criminal defence work in Vancouver. You
will be paid your regular salary while enrolled
in the PLTC. You will be reimbursed for
mileage when attending courthouses and correctional
institutions outside of Vancouver.
We are willing accommodate
shared articles for students who wish to
gain experience at other offices. In the past,
students have spent time working with the Crown
office and in a civil litigation firm. Students
would be expected to arrange for their
shared articles, subject to the approval of
Court Appearances :
Once you begin work (usually in late July)
you can expect to begin attending court. The
most common appearances are adjournments, arraignments,
trial confirmation hearings, and pre-trial
conferences. You can expect to appear in Surrey,
North Vancouver, Coquitlum, New Westminister,
Chilliwack, and Richmond, as well as in downtown
Vancouver. Occasionally you will be required
to attend correctional institutions to meet
You must provide your own vehicle. You are
reimbursed for mileage.
Interaction with Files :
Glen Orris handles a variety of criminal files.
Most cases are indictable offences with
complex circumstances and evidence. You
will research and draft memos on points
of case law, legislation, and the Charter .
You will spend time reviewing and organizing
files. You will also be communicating with
the Crown and other lawyers associated
with various files. You will conduct interviews
with clients and witnesses. You will be
working very closely with Olga Schwartzkopf,
legal assistant, and Louise Young, secretary
to Mr. Orris.
You are encouraged to take on short-term summary conviction
pro bono files that will be completed within your articling
In addition to the above, you will be expected to spend
time observing preliminary hearings, trials, and appeals
at all levels of court in British Columbia.
Office Life :
The office staff are Olga Schwartzkopf, a very
experienced legal assistant, and
Louise Young, a very experienced legal secretary. We
share office space with Clinton Bauman, another lawyer.
There is an office set aside for the articled
student. You will have your own computer with
access to QuickLaw and other research materials.
Formal attire is not required but you must
have a suit available in the event of a court
You can expect to be in the office from 8:30
a.m. until 5:30 p.m. most days, with occasional
overtime and weekends required, depending on
your case load.