Articling & Summer Student Programs

Hamilton Duncan is the perfect place for students to start their legal careers if they want challenging and varied work, the chance to learn from experienced lawyers, an environment in which both teamwork and individual initiative are valued, a firm that allows them to explore areas of law in which they have an interest in, and which pays more than lip-service to a balanced lifestyle. At Hamilton Duncan, our students have the opportunity to experience all of this, in an area that is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, without the bustle of downtown Vancouver.

We hire students in the hopes that they will one day become associate lawyers, not merely as sources of revenue or inexpensive labour. Our goal is to provide our students with valuable, well-rounded, practical experience that will assist them in their careers moving forward.

We typically hire between one and three articling students per year. Articles commence either in May or in September based on the needs of the firm and the availability of the student.

Students in their second year of law school are invited to apply for summer student positions, which run from May through August. The firm typically hires one summer student per year. Summer students who perform well will generally be invited back as articled students the following year.

How to Apply:

If you wish to apply for a position as an articled student, or as a summer student at our firm, please email your application to:

Nikki Farwaha Minhas, Human Resources Manager
Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart
1450 Station Tower Gateway
13401 108th Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 5T3

Your application should include a cover letter, your resume and both law school and undergraduate transcripts. You may choose to include no more than two letters of reference, but you are not required to do so.

The application deadline for the 2019/2020 articling term is July 31, 2018 and the 2019 summer term is October 31, 2018.


Our Current Students

Rupam Rishi

Articled Student

Biographical Details

Rupam Rishi joined Hamilton Duncan as a summer student in 2016 and returns to the firm to commence her articles after completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria (UVic).

Prior to attending law school, Rupam obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, concentrating in human resource management and international business.

Rupam is passionate about helping members of her community, particularly those with limited resources or abilities. During law school, she actively volunteered with organizations that aimed to facilitate access to justice such as Access Pro Bono’s Mental Health and Civil Chambers programs. Specifically, she volunteered as a legal advocate for individuals at Mental Health Review Board hearings as well as provided legal assistance to people with limited financial resources who were involved in civil litigation.

Rupam was born and raised in Surrey and loves the community she lives in. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new dance styles, watching sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA), as well as volunteering at the Surrey Food Bank and Hamper To Your Home. Being proficient in Punjabi and Hindi allows her to not only enjoy the diversity of her community but provide assistance to those who are in need.


  • JD, University of Victoria Faculty of Law (2017)
  • BBA, Honours with Distinction, Simon Fraser University (2013)


Janta Steele

Articled Student
Biographical Details

Janta Steele earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia. After graduating, she completed her Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Having completed her education, Janta was accepted into a business graduate program at British Sugar in Peterborough, UK, where she gained experience in logistics, demand planning and sales. She then returned to Kelowna and became a paralegal in a boutique civil litigation firm.

In 2013, Janta accepted an opportunity to work in government and politics as a Legislative Assistant and Research Officer in the Victoria Legislature. She relocated in August 2016 to work in Vancouver as Senior Executive Assistant in the Deputy Minister’s office of the Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Reform. Prior to joining Hamilton Duncan, Janta held the position of Trade & Technology Secretariat Coordinator in the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology.

Janta looks forward to investing in the community of Surrey, where she lives with her husband. Her hobbies include refereeing basketball and volleyball, salsa dancing, and training her dog. Recently, she has served on the board of several societies and organizations, enjoying the opportunity to give back to her community.


  • NCA Certificate of Qualification, National Committee of Accreditation (2016)
  • LLB, Queen Mary, University of London (2010)
  • BBA, Okanagan College/ University of British Columbia (2008)