CLA offers several volunteer, credit and paid placements for law students wishing to gain practical legal skills and serve the community. Working at the clinic offers students the opportunity to learn crucial professional skills and ethics in a public interest context that emphasizes intellectual discovery and practical experience. The chance to make a difference in the lives of our clients adds important elements of meaning and satisfaction as well. Students frequently tell us that working at the clinic is “the best thing I did at law school”.
Community Legal Aid advertises volunteer applications for the Fall term in August of each year. Winter term volunteer positions are advertised in December of each year.
As a caseworker, you communicate directly with clients, opposing parties, court staff and our community partners. You conduct legal research and draft correspondence pertaining to your client files.
Returning as a senior caseworker, you will be responsible for the tribunal or court advocacy of files in your assigned group. Our senior caseworkers appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court – Small Claims Court and the Landlord and Tenant Board. CLA senior caseworkers argue summary conviction offences, civil claims and Residential Tenancy Act hearings. For more information about applying for a senior caseworker position see Senior Caseworkers.
Groups meet once a week at a set group time for a two-hour period. Volunteers are expected to conduct their work throughout the week, and beyond their set group time depending on the file requirement.
You can also volunteer in our Family Law program. For more information please see the Family law application process.
Summer Student Program
We also offer summer employment as a Group Leader. These opportunities are advertised in March of each year. Please see the Group Leader application process. All selected candidates must commit to volunteering as Group Leaders for the subsequent fall and winter terms.
Rate of Pay: $600.00 a week
Vacation: 1 week paid vacation
Term of employment: May to end of August
Only select candidates will be contacted for an interview.