Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and her LL.B. degree in 1991. She articled with Freeman and Company and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1992. Karen practiced corporate commercial and real estate law with Davis and Company. She has extensive business and legal experience in offshore investment, joint venture and development dealings. Karen worked in the area of legal news and current affairs, her own news segment “Legally Hip with Karen Yip” for Global TV, and has been a contributing columnist for the Vancouver Sun.
Karen is a full-time instructor in both the Department of Legal Studies and the University's Legal Administrative Assistant Program. She is Convenor of the Department's Certificate (Online) option. Karen has also taught in the University's Asia Pacific and Latin America Management Co-op Programs and currently teaches risk management for the Tourism and Outdoor Recreational Programs.