Articling Class of 2014
Articling at Clark Wilson was a privilege. From the very beginning I was seamlessly integrated into the firm’s social fabric. Prior to the start of my articles I attended the firm retreat in Whistler and had a great time getting to know the lawyers. I quickly had the opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level through the firm’s numerous social activities, such as regular softball games, which I thoroughly enjoyed. These personal relationships continued to develop within the firm as a result of Clark Wilson’s “open door policy.” From the get-go I was encouraged to drop in to different lawyers’ offices to speak with them about practice areas that interested me. As a result I was able to focus my efforts on work that truly interested me. The level of trust that developed as a result has led to me being afforded greater responsibility and independence when compared to my colleagues at other firms.
Articling Class of 2013
I am a recently called associate who summered and articled at Clark Wilson. I chose to begin my career at Clark Wilson because the people I encountered during the interviewing process made me feel comfortable. After nearly two years at the firm, I can say that my initial impression holds true. Feeling comfortable around people who know considerably more about the law than you is extremely important for your growth and development. By cultivating a space where you are encouraged to ask questions and put forward ideas, the team at Clark Wilson makes it so that most interactions become learning experiences and many senior lawyers become mentors.
Your articling experience has a significant impact on your career. It is important to have the opportunity to shape your articling experience by finding meaningful and interesting work. Though we have business and litigation rotations at Clark Wilson, and developing a breadth of knowledge is important, my articling colleagues and I were encouraged to – and indeed did – seek out work in the areas that we were most interested in. In my view, this flexibility made articling considerably more fruitful and enjoyable.
I was happy to return to Clark Wilson as an associate and look forward to developing as a lawyer here.
Articling Class of 2011
My experience as a summer student at Clark Wilson was extremely positive and surpassed my expectations. Although the firm has over 70 lawyers, it was easy to get to know the lawyers and staff because the environment of the firm is very welcoming and collegial. The structured rotation system also enables students to work with different lawyers and practice groups throughout the summer. As a student, I was given a tremendous amount of support and guidance and was impressed by the firm’s commitment to student development and the exceptional mentors I had the opportunity to work with. I look forward to a challenging and rewarding career with Clark Wilson.
Articling Class of 2010
My articling experience with Clark Wilson was challenging and rewarding. I worked on a wide variety of files and with some brilliant practitioners who are leaders in their chosen fields. Indeed, it is the people of Clark Wilson that make it a great firm and a great place to work. I am very pleased with the guidance and mentoring I received from my colleagues.
Clark Wilson provides articling students every opportunity for professional growth in a supportive environment. Dedication, hard work and a sound legal mind are recognized and valued in the firm. For my career, Clark Wilson has always been my No. 1 choice, and my articling experience with the firm exceeded my expectations.
Articling Class of 2010
I completed both my summer and regular articles here at Clark Wilson and gained extremely valuable experience during both sessions. I was originally attracted to the firm as a result of the business focus and the people from Clark Wilson that I had met on several occasions. After completing my articling experience at the firm, my original sentiments have not changed as I thoroughly enjoy the work that I receive and the company of my colleagues. The firm promotes exposure to a full articling experience and is also lenient if one displays enthusiasm for a particular area of law.
The firm has a true open door policy and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to article and continue my legal career at such a supportive firm.
Articling Class of 2008
I am a 2007 graduate of UBC and completed my articles at Clark Wilson. To echo the sentiments of my colleagues, I cannot say enough about the great experiences I have enjoyed at the firm. When I started articling, I was amazed with how friendly and welcoming everyone was, from the staff up to the most senior partners. Whenever you begin a new job, it’s common to feel nervous and uncertain and you definitely have lots of questions, but because Clark Wilson cultivates a true open-door policy, no one ever made me feel uncomfortable about asking questions, even when I was asking what were, in retrospect, the most obvious things! I believe that this is what enables the firm to give students more challenging and interesting work – because you know you can always ask for help, it makes you eager to take on more responsibility. This, in turn, helps our students’ legal skills develop at a much faster rate than if they spent the majority of their time doing the same things over and over again. Further, there are many occasions where you can meet other members of the firm who can provide invaluable tips on navigating through the early stages of your career. Throughout my articles, then as an associate and now as a partner, I have had great mentors at Clark Wilson who have gone out of their way to provide me with advice on how to better develop as a lawyer. I am very happy to have continued my career at Clark Wilson.
Articling Class of 2006
My articling experience at Clark Wilson was extremely rewarding and I am thrilled to have started my legal career with this firm.
What made the experience particularly enjoyable was the people, and the good quality of work and responsibility lawyers were willing to share with the students. From day one of my articles, the lawyers, staff and other students were extremely approachable and friendly and went out of their way to welcome me and share their experiences. The structured rotations provided me with an opportunity to work with lawyers from different practice areas, which gave me a really good sense of the areas that interested me.
Everyone here is genuinely enthusiastic about the practice of law and that results in challenging, hands-on work that I really enjoy. The firm’s commitment to a balanced life is evident in the wide variety of events and activities that lawyers, staff and students regularly participate in.
I continue to have a rewarding experience at Clark Wilson and am very happy to have the opportunity to continue my career this firm.
Articling Class of 2006
I am a partner at Clark Wilson in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Private Company Transactions and Energy & Natural Resources Groups. I grew up on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, and obtained my undergraduate degree in Political Science from SFU and my law degree from UBC. I completed my summer articles here at Clark Wilson and following a clerkship at the BC Court of Appeal, I completed my regular articles here as well.
I chose to undertake all my post-secondary education in BC because I was born and raised here and there was no other place I would have rather started my career. Having completed my summer articles at Clark Wilson, I can say the same about this firm: there is no other place I would have rather started my career. As a locally-based law firm with a vision to be the law firm of choice for business in BC, Clark Wilson was the right fit for me.
Articling and working as a lawyer at Clark Wilson has been really fulfilling and every day has offered fresh opportunities to become involved in new and interesting files and projects . The lawyers and staff at Clark Wilson are a dynamic and diverse group who truly understand and demonstrate what it means to be a team. As a summer student and as a regular articling student, I enjoyed a great deal of responsibility early on but guidance was provided and readily available when needed. One thing that I found exciting about articling was that I was encouraged to take the initiative both in seeking out files and in taking responsibility for the work involved. I cannot recommend the summer articling and regular articling experience at Clark Wilson enough, and I am excited to continue my career here.
Articling Class of 1985
I spent the Summer of 1983, prior to entering my 3rd year of law school at UBC, articling at Clark Wilson as a summer student under what was then called a “Service Scholarship”. Unlike the current summer program, the firm was assigned to you by the law school.
My articling experience, even as a summer student, was excellent and when asked if I would return for regular articles, I didn’t hesitate in accepting.
I quickly became part of the team and had the opportunity to work on complex matters, attend Court, meet with clients and handle files. This “hands-on ” involvement as a student continued when I returned to complete regular articles after 3rd year. As the saying goes, I’ve been with the firm ever since and never looked back. The professional opportunities presented to me and the congenial atmosphere at the firm has made my decision to stay with Clark Wilson for the duration of my career an easy one.