Community Legal Aid and Legal Assistance of Windsor

Windsor Law has developed innovative and often ground-breaking programs in legal aid, prepaid legal services, community legal education, alternative dispute resolution and law in aid of development. 
 
Windsor Law is proud to partner with Community Legal Aid (CLA) and Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW), who provide community legal services, as well as experiential placement opportunities for students.
 
Students seeking Clinical and Experiential Learning opportunities to support their law school learning can choose from the following options:
 

Community Legal Aid (CLA)

(General Program and Family Law Program)

Academic Program

Full-time placement: 8 - 11 credits

Part-time placement: 4 - 7 credits

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at CLA for course credit during the fall and winter academic terms. The CLA Academic Program awards course credits to 2nd and 3rd year law students who will engage in work as litigators and caseworkers at CLA. As an Academic Practice Student in the CLA General Program, you will be assigned to a group, but unlike volunteers you will perform the role of both a Caseworker and Litigator on your own case load.

Please note: the CLA General Program is only able to enrol students into the program on an exceptional basis. There are no guaranteed spots available for academic credit. Only applicants that have demonstrated exceptional ability in their prior work at CLA will be considered for academic credit positions.

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at CLA for course credit during the fall and/or winter academic terms.

Credit Options:

  1. Full time in the fall or winter terms – you would choose to take CLA for between 8-11 credits in one academic term. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 8 credits = 24 hours of work at the clinic per week.
  2. Part time in both the fall and winter terms – you would choose to take CLA for between 4-7 credits in both academic terms. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 4 credits = 12 hours of work at the clinic per week for both the fall and winter academic terms.

Students must complete 3 self-evaluations and review them with the Academic Clinic Professor. The evaluations allow students to reflect on their performance as advocates, development of professional skills and knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The evaluations are meant to supplement the ongoing mentorship and supervisory relationship with the supervising lawyers. Students in both the part-time and the full-time program must also enroll in the 3-credit Clinic Seminar Course during the term the student participates at the clinic.

Pre-Requisites: Students applying for an Academic Practice position in the general program must have volunteered for two terms at CLA and must have successfully completed Evidence and Criminal Procedure. Students applying for an Academic Practice position in the CLA family law program must have successfully completed Family Law and Evidence. Exceptions to these pre-requisites may be made on a case by case basis. Candidates must take the Clinic Seminar course simultaneously. This is a 3-credit course.

Please note: each credit equals 3 hours of work in the clinic. For example, a 11-credit placement equals 33 hours in the clinic per week for the academic term.

All students must additionally enroll in the Clinic Seminar course for 3 credits.

Questions about the program? Email Professor Rogin at roginjl@uwindsor.ca

More about the clinic:

Located in downtown Windsor, CLA is a SLASS legal clinic offering services to university undergraduate students and members of the Windsor-Essex community living on low income. Both full time and part time placements are available for students. Students work in the following areas of law: summary conviction criminal matters, provincial offences, housing law for tenants, small claims including wrongful dismissal, employment standards and academic integrity matters. For more information about CLA, visit their website

Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW)

(General Program, Immigration Program, and I-Decide)

Academic Program

Full-time placement: 8 - 11 credits

Part-time placement: 4 - 7 credits

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at LAW for course credit during the fall and/or winter academic terms.

Academic Credit:

  1. Full time in the fall or winter terms – you would choose to take LAW for between 8-11 credits in one academic term. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 8 credits = 24 hours of work at the clinic per week.
  2. Part time in both the fall and winter terms – you would choose to take LAW for between 4-7 credits in both academic terms. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 4 credits = 12 hours of work at the clinic per week for both the fall and winter academic terms.

Students must complete 3 self-evaluations and review them with the Academic Clinic Professor. The evaluations allow students to reflect on their performance as advocates, development of professional skills and knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The evaluations are meant to supplement the ongoing mentorship and supervisory relationship with the supervising lawyers. Students in both the part-time and the full-time program must also enroll in the 3-credit Clinic Seminar Course. Students are enrolled in the Clinic Seminar Course during the term the student participates at the clinic.

Please note: each credit equals 3 hours of work in the clinic. For example, a 11-credit placement equals 33 hours in the clinic per week for the academic term.

All students must additionally enroll in the Clinic Seminar course for 3 credits.

Questions about the program? Email Professor Rogin at roginjl@uwindsor.ca

More about the clinic:

Located in downtown Windsor, LAW is a community legal clinic offering services to members of the Windsor-Essex community living on low income. Both full- and part-time placements are available for students. Students work in a multidisciplinary model with social workers and lawyers on the following areas of law: housing law for tenants, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Employment Insurance, and refugee/immigration. For more information about LAW, visit their website.

Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic (CKLC)

Academic Program

Full time ONLY: 8 – 11 credits

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at CKLC for course credit during the fall or winter academic terms. Students work full-time over one term at Chatham-Kent Legal Services (CKLS), located in Chatham, Ontario, a 45-minute drive from Windsor. Students interested in this program are often from the Chatham community or hope to work there in future. Students must provide their own transportation and are expected to attend a weekly Clinic Seminar class in Windsor.

Credit Options:

  1. Full time in the fall or winter terms – you would choose to take CKLC for between 8-11 credits in one academic term. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 8 credits = 24 hours of work at the clinic per week. Students must complete 3 self-evaluations and review them with the Academic Clinic Professor. The evaluations allow students to reflect on their performance as advocates, development of professional skills and knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The evaluations are meant to supplement the ongoing mentorship and supervisory relationship with the supervising lawyers. Students must also enroll in the 3-credit Clinic Seminar Course during the term the student participates at the clinic.

Please note: each credit equals 3 hours of work in the clinic. For example, a 11-credit placement equals 33 hours in the clinic per week for the academic term.

All students must additionally enroll in the Clinic Seminar course for 3 credits.

Questions about the program? Email Professor Rogin at roginjl@uwindsor.ca

More about the clinic:

Located in Chatham, CKLC is a community legal clinic offering services to members of the Chatham-Kent community. Students work in a variety of areas of law including: housing law for tenants, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan, Disability issues, Wills and Powers of Attorney, Employment law, Human Rights in the Workplace, and Criminal Injury Compensation. For more information about CKLC, visit their website.

Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS)

Academic Program

Full time ONLY: 8 – 11 credits

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at CKLC for course credit during the fall or winter academic terms. Students work full-time over one term at Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS) located in Sarnia, Ontario. Students interested in this program are often from the Sarnia community or hope to work there in future. Students must provide their own transportation and are expected to attend a weekly Clinic Seminar class in Windsor.

Credit Options:

  1. Full time in the fall or winter terms – you would choose to take CLAS for between 8-11 credits in one academic term. Each credit equals 3 hours of work at the clinic. For example, 8 credits = 24 hours of work at the clinic per week. Students must complete 3 self-evaluations and review them with the Academic Clinic Professor. The evaluations allow students to reflect on their performance as advocates, development of professional skills and knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The evaluations are meant to supplement the ongoing mentorship and supervisory relationship with the supervising lawyers. Students must also enroll in the 3-credit Clinic Seminar Course during the term the student participates at the clinic.

Please note: each credit equals 3 hours of work in the clinic. For example, a 11-credit placement equals 33 hours in the clinic per week for the academic term.

All students must additionally enroll in the Clinic Seminar course for 3 credits.

Questions about the program? Email Professor Rogin at roginjl@uwindsor.ca

About the clinic:

Located in Sarnia, CLAS is a community legal clinic that provides legal assistance to low income residents of Sarnia and Lambton County. Students work in a variety of areas of law including: housing law for tenants, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan, Employment law, Human Rights and Criminal Injury Compensation, access to health and community care. For more information about CLAS, visit their Facebook page.

 

Community members seeking legal assistance can select the following options:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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