Engineers and Geoscientists BC is hiring up to three summer law students to assist with investigation & discipline, policy & ethics, unauthorized practice, and privacy.
Reporting to the Director, Legislation, Ethics and Compliance (a practising lawyer), Engineers and Geoscientists BC is looking to hire three law students to fill the following positions:
- Investigation and Discipline Student: You will assist in investigating complaints made against engineers and geoscientists. Your duties will include, for example, summarizing complaint documents, locating and interviewing witnesses, researching legal principles related to investigations and regulatory hearings, communicating with expert reviewers, staff investigators, and volunteer committee members, assisting in drafting investigation reports, and preparing for the consent resolution process and disciplinary hearings.
- Policy and Ethics Student: (A) You will work with the Director and the Investigation Manager in implementing changes to our procedures in light of the new Professional Governance Act which will come into force in the future. (B) You will manage and further develop an ongoing project in revising a comprehensive Guideline to the Code of Ethics. You will review the project to date, set out a continuation plan, gather feedback from volunteers, liaise with outside lawyers or consultants and write new content.
- Unauthorized Practice and Privacy Law Student: (A) You will work with the Staff Lawyer, Regulatory Affairs, to manage “enforcement” files concerning unauthorized practice and misuse of titles. You will assess evidence, write letters based on prior templates and negotiate resolutions with unauthorized practitioners. Where the need arises, you may assist in court applications to seek injunctions or declarations of contempt of court. (B) You will assist in managing the “Freedom of Information” requests that arise during the term of your employment and create internal staff training materials on privacy matters.
All students will assist with the development of policy related to the regulation of professional engineers and geoscientists and issues related to Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s internal governance. The needs of the legal department can be fluid so students should expect to broadly assist the department and not be limited to their initial role.
We prefer law students that have completed at least 2 years of law school, although first-year students with high grades and prior career experience may be considered. We are looking for students that are skilled in research and analysis and have the ability to write clearly.
We prefer students who have completed courses in administrative law and civil litigation, or have an interest in privacy law. Knowledge of engineering or geoscience is not required, but students with prior training in engineering or geoscience are encouraged to apply.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is responsible for the licensing and regulation of BC’s professional engineers and geoscientists. With over 37,000 members, we are the second largest regulatory body in the province. We offer contract employees a compensation package that includes a competitive salary and 8% of wages as pay-in-lieu of group benefits. Students will participate in our Flex Day Program. This program offers assigned paid days off (usually every second Friday) in exchange for working a compressed work week.
Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviews will be either in-person or online. The positions run from May 4, 2020 to August 7, 2020, (with possible flexibility on the end date, if required by the student). Compensation will be the equivalent of $22/hour based on a 36-hour work week.
To apply for these positions, please send your cover letter, résumé, all your university transcripts and a short writing sample in one PDF document to Human Resources at [email protected]. For the writing sample, the first two pages of a recent law school essay is sufficient. Please do not send any confidential or privileged writing samples.