Passionate about advocating for Indigenous peoples? Looking for a student opportunity to meaningfully contribute to advancing the process of reconciliation? Interested in practicing in a complex and multi-faceted area of law? Learn more about our firm and our unique student program.

Why Woodward

Woodward & Co. Lawyers LLP (“Woodward”) is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, advancing transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization. For over 30 years, Woodward has worked exclusively for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities to return jurisdiction to traditional lands and clear a path for prosperity.

We are committed to supporting the next generation of legal advocates for Indigenous peoples. Woodward welcomes applications from students for the following programs:

  • Summer student
  • Articling student
  • Co-op

Woodward values having Indigenous students and lawyers as part of our team and encourages Indigenous students to apply.

To learn more about being a student at Woodward, including what skills to develop or courses to take to be a strong candidate, please reach out to our Human Resources Manager, Pamela (see contact info below), who will connect you with a Woodward lawyer or student.

Your Student Experience

Students at Woodward will have the opportunity to work for our clients in all our areas of practice. We provide a flexible structure that allows our students to work on a range of projects, pursue their particular areas of interest, and gain valuable experience, including travelling to our clients’ communities and assisting with court hearings.

Woodward prioritizes student mentorship. In addition to the various lawyers with whom a student may work and learn from, each student is assigned a mentor for their term.

All students usually work out of our office in Victoria, BC. However, there may be opportunities for students to work from our Whitehorse or Tsartlip offices.

Application Timelines

Articling Positions

Applications are due on June 15th for articles commencing the following calendar year. Select applicants are interviewed in early July.

Summer Term

Applications are due on September 30th for the following summer term. Select applicants are interviewed in mid-October. Summer terms typically run from May through August.

Co-op Term

Woodward follows the University of Victoria’s timeline for the Co-op Program.

If you have missed the above timelines, we still encourage you to reach out to see whether we are in need of assistance.

How to Apply

Please send an electronic application package, including:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Law school and post-secondary transcripts
  • Two references (either letters or contact information)
  • 4-page writing sample (excerpt please)

Please address and send your application package to the attention of:

Pamela Toovey, CPHR-SCP
Human Resources Manager
Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP
Suite 200 – 1022 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1X7


Our Current Students

Articling Students

  • Kelsie McNeill, 2022-2023 (University of Victoria)
  • Jaidin Wale, 2022-2023 (University of British Columbia)
  • Jack Jones, 2023 (University of Victoria)