Affiliations and Initiatives

Learn about the VBA’s affiliations and initiatives that can help you build your network and career.

Commitment to Excellence in the Legal Community

Promoting collegiality and civility among lawyers.


Learn from and Network with the judiciary and senior lawyers

Inns of Court Program

The Inns of Court program was founded in 1984 by Allan McEachern (then Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court), with judges Henry Hutcheon, John Bouck, and Josiah Wood. The program was designed to promote professionalism and competence at the Bar and was fashioned after an English tradition where junior lawyers would meet casually with senior practitioners to discuss the legal field. The B.C. version of the Inns follows the English tradition of dining with judges and senior practitioners.

Every two weeks, a session is held for a group of junior barristers.  A 90-minute discussion on a particular topic is led by several distinguished members of the bench and bar.  Following the discussion, participants dine informally with the group leaders.  The program runs twice a year (starting in January and September) and consists of six sessions, which are held at Charest Legal Solutions in downtown Vancouver. The program is generously sponsored by the Vancouver Bar Association.

Past topics have included “Professionalism”, “Role of Counsel in Discovery”, “Lawyers and the Media”, “Lawyer Behaving Badly” and “Ethical Problems and the Law Society”.  The focus of the sessions is on discussion, not lectures.  The opportunities for learning from the experiences of judges and senior barristers have been outstanding in past sessions.  Since the program’s inception in 1984, hundreds of participants have praised the informal learning experience.

Actual time spent in attendance at the sessions will provide up to 9 hours towards your annual Continuing Professional Development requirements (as well as ethics requirements) established by the Law Society of B.C.

The program is geared towards lawyers who have 2-8 years at the bar, but consideration will be given to others who wish to participate.

Application information will be made available on this page soon for the next session.

Key Recruitment dates and hiring Intentions

Student Recruitment Guidelines

The Vancouver Bar Association has established voluntary guidelines with respect to interviews by employers in downtown Vancouver for regular and summer articling positions (“Articling Interview Guidelines”).

For those employers who choose to comply with the Articling Interview Guidelines, the key recruitment dates for the 2025/2026 articling student recruitment cycle and 2025 summer student recruitment cycle are set out below. Please note that employers to which Law Society Rules 2-58 and 2-70 apply, must abide by those Rules.

Each year, the Vancouver Bar Association solicits responses from legal employers in downtown Vancouver regarding their intentions to hire articling and/or summer articling students in the upcoming recruitment cycles. Responses are collected and organized in the Hiring Intentions Chart, posted below, which is intended as a tool for law student applicants. The responses in the Hiring Intentions Chart reflect those that have been received at the time of publishing. Firms who have not responded may still be hiring articling and/or summer articling students. It is not uncommon for the VBA to continue to receive responses from employers after the Hiring Intentions Chart has been published for the first time. Please check back periodically, as the Hiring Intentions Chart will be updated without notice to incorporate any additional responses.

2025/2026 Hiring Intentions Chart is available now.

We encourage all employers who wish to participate in the Hiring Intentions Survey, but who have not been contacted, to reach out to the VBA. Please send those requests and any inquiries about the Hiring Intentions Chart or the VBA’s role in the student recruitment process to info@vancouverbar.ca.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2024 at 11:59PM PT
  • Intention to Call Emails: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 8AM PT – Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 8PM PT
  • Interview Call Day: Friday, July 12, 2024 at 8AM PT
  • Blackout Period: Monday, July 29, 2024 – Sunday, August 11, 2024
  • Interview Period: Monday, August 12 – Wednesday, August 14, 2024
  • Job Offer Call Day: Thursday, August 15, 2024 at 8AM PT (open until Friday, August 16, 2024 at 8AM PT)
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 28, 2024 at 11:59PM PT
  • Blackout Period: Friday, September 27, 2024 – Sunday, October 20, 2024
  • Intention to Call Emails: Friday, September 27, 2024 at 8AM PT – Tuesday, October 1, 2024 at 8PM PT
  • Interview Call Day: Wednesday, October 2, 2024 at 8AM PT
  • Interview Week: Monday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 23, 2024
  • Job Offer Call Day: Thursday, October 24, 2024 at 8AM PT (open until Friday, October 25, 2024 at 8AM PT)

UBC

Please make use of the following suggested link:

Peter A. Allard School of Law Career Services Office

UVIC

Please make use of the following suggested link:

University of Victoria Faculty of Law

TRU

Please make use of the following suggested link:

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

Recognizing outstanding mentorship

Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award

The Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award is conferred annually in recognition of a British Columbia lawyer, retired lawyer or former lawyer now appointed to the bench who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding mentor. Peter was an exemplary mentor who made extraordinary efforts to pass on his legal skills, wisdom, ethical insights, good judgment, idealism, and commitment to decorum and civility to those who had the good fortune to work with him.

Past Recipient of the award include:

  • Sara Forte
  • Karen L.M. Carteri
  • Gaynor Yeung
  • William S. Berardino, K.C.
  • Richard C. Peck, K.C.
  • Leonard T. Doust, K.C.
  • Leon Getz, K.C.
  • Robert G. Ward, K.C.
  • Bruce R. Grist
  • Donald W. Yule K.C.
  • Tom Roper K.C.
  • Jan Lindsay K.C.
  • Nazeer T. Mitha
  • Tom Braidwood Q.C.

The Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award is awarded each fall at the Vancouver Bar Association’s Annual General Meeting.