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Student and Internship Opportunities

In working to make a contribution towards lasting and long term environmental law reform and reconciliation with Indigenous nations, it’s important for us to support the next generation of lawyers that will continue this work into the future. West Coast welcomes law students to our office during the school year through a number of internship arrangements with law faculties (including Pro Bono Students Canada), and we also have a summer law student program with paid positions.

We aim to provide a meaningful exposure to public interest environmental law. Successful applicants assist staff lawyers in the areas of law reform, legal research and legal education.

Our current work includes innovative approaches to climate change compensation, providing legal analysis and advocacy to improve environmental assessment, energy regulation, and fish protection, developing legal protection for marine and coastal areas, and supporting urban sustainability and resilience.

As well, through our RELAW program, West Coast Environmental Law provides legal and strategic support to Indigenous Nations who are revitalizing, articulating, and applying aspects of their laws in relation to questions of environmental governance. In all of our work we recognize that Indigenous law is law and are committed to approaches that support reconciliation.

We also have a summary advice program that offers support to communities who face emerging environmental issues.

Our work atmosphere is engaged and collaborative.

Summer Law Student Positions

West Coast welcomes a group of summer law students each year, with positions running from early May until mid-August, four days per week. Students work closely with staff lawyers.

Student work is primarily legal research and writing in support of current West Coast activities, but students are integrated into the day-to-day life of our office, including staff meetings and educational opportunities. Students typically also participate in client meetings (where appropriate), may be assigned to report on court proceedings, and may participate in legal education and public outreach activities. Working arrangements for summer 2021 are subject to modification (e.g. virtual meetings) related to COVID-19 public health requirements and guidance.

Our summer student positions offer compensation commensurate with our status as a not-for-profit organization.

*Applications for summer 2021 law student placements are now closed*

Read the reflections of our summer 2020 students.

Legal volunteers and law student interns

We also accept applications for legal volunteers throughout the year. If you would like to explore the possibility of being a legal volunteer during the September - May period, please send us a copy of your CV, and a cover letter that describes your interests and availability. Send your application to with the subject line: "Legal volunteer inquiry".


Monday, November 1, 2021

Vancouver-based West Coast Environmental Law is pleased to announce that we are looking for a .8 time (28 hours/week) Program Manager. The Access to Justice Program Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of West Coast’s Access to Justice program.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

There is an immediate opening for a 0.7 time (25 hours/week) staff position at the Vancouver office of West Coast Environmental Law. West Coast harnesses the power of law to solve complex environmental challenges, transforming environmental decision-making and strengthening legal protection for the environment through collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law. Remote work is in effect while COVID-19 restrictions apply.


Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis from the date of posting.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC) and West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) are seeking a Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network Outreach and Project Coordinator to support active engagement of conservation groups and communities in the MPA network planning process currently happening on BC’s northern coast with a focus on public consultation expected to occur this fall/winter.


West Coast Environmental Law is seeking a volunteer Treasurer to join the boards of our three provincially-incorporated societies.

*Expressions of interest will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 


Do you have a passion for protecting the environment? Join our Street Legal Team for volunteer opportunities with West Coast.