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The UVic Law Co-op Program is the only comprehensive common-law program of its kind in Canada. Co-op provides an excellent opportunity to explore a broad range of career options in law.

Office & contacts

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: Fraser 140

Co-op coordinator: 
Francine Proctor
lawcoopcoord@uvic.ca
250-721-8196

Co-op assistant: 
Laura Dryburgh
lawcoop@uvic.ca
250-721-8195

Requirements

If you're registered in first-year UVic law, you're eligible for the Law Co-op Program.

Double degree programs

If you're enrolled in the JD + MBA double degree program or the JD + MPA double degree program before starting first-year law school, you are not eligible to enrol in the Law Co-op Program. You will, however, have access to law co-op opportunities through the co-op programs in the School of Public Administration or the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

Students who start law school and then enrol in one of these double degree programs will be required to withdraw from the Law Co-op Program and will have access to law co-op opportunities through the other programs noted above.

Fees

Co-op students pay a co-op tuition fee for each work term. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay your tuition fee after you secure a co-op work term.

You'll pay your fees according to the same tuition fee deadlines as regular course fees.

Fees per work term:

  • domestic students: $746.06
  • international students: $1,363.54

Questions about co-op tuition fees? Email us or call 250-721-7032 for assistance.

Average salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including:

  • your previous work experience
  • the industry you're working in
  • the responsibilities of your co-op job

Here is an average monthly salary for a law work term:

  • $3,457

View salary estimates for all programs.

Work terms

Co-op work terms begin in January, May and September and are typically 4 months long.

You'll be required to complete 2 work terms.

Learn more about:

Sample employers

Here are a few of the employers students have worked for:

  • BC Public Service Agency (Victoria)
  • Department of Justice (Vancouver)
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada (Yellowknife)
  • Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services (Nunavut)
  • Environment Canada (Ottawa)
  • Office of the Ombudsperson (Victoria)
  • Cook Roberts (Victoria)
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers (Victoria)
  • Dinning Hunter Jackson Law (Victoria)
  • Hunter Litigation Chambers (Vancouver)
  • BCGEU (Burnaby)
  • Pivot Legal Society (Vancouver)
  • Access Pro Bono Society (BC)
  • Chandler & Thong-ek (Bangkok, Thailand)

Some students go on to article with their previous co-op employers after law school. 

Get support

If you identify as having a disability or a mental health condition, or if you belong to an equity group, we can support your co-op experience.

We'll help you with every step, from applying to co-op to making sure you're supported at work. 

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