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:
 

CLA offers several volunteer placements for law students wishing to gain practical legal skills and serve the community. Students can start volunteering at CLA beginning in 1L. All CLA volunteers undergo an orientation offered at the beginning of each academic term. Our Review Counsel will introduce students to the practice of law using a collaborative approach.
 

  1. CLA volunteers start out as Caseworkers and after completing one term can apply to be litigators. As a caseworker, students communicate directly with clients, opposing parties, court staff, and our community partners. Students will conduct legal research and draft correspondence pertaining to your client files. 
  2. Experienced Caseworkers in 2L or 3L may return as a Litigator, where students are responsible for the litigation of files in their assigned group. Our litigators appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court – Small Claims Court and the Landlord and Tenant Board. CLA litigators argue summary conviction offences, civil claims and Residential Tenancy Act hearings. 
  3. There are also Intake Support Worker positions available, where students support the intake of clients and have reception duties. They may also be assigned client files.

Under the supervision of practicing lawyers and with the assistance of group leaders, volunteers are taught how to navigate the complexities of litigation and advocacy. 

Volunteers are assigned to a specific group. Each group is led by a group leader and designated litigators. 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. The overall commitment to volunteering at CLA is 7-10 hours/week. The clinic is open throughout the week.

 

The volunteer commitment is as follows:

  • Attending a weekly group meeting for 2 hours every week
  • Attendance is mandatory and you will be expected to return to the clinic at other times during the week to fulfill the 7 to 10 hours that are required for CLA volunteers
  • Ensuring that you are able to attend the weekly group meeting on time, and you have considered the requisite travel time to and from classes in making this choice
  • You will be placed in one group and that group will meet every week at the same time
  • As as litigator, you may be required to miss class in order to attend court appearances and hearings
  • If this is the first time you have been accepted as Ligator, Caseworker, or Intake support worker, you will be required to attend orientation training

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

Interested in applying for a volunteer position at Community Legal Aid? Visit the CLA website.

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.

Select Student Opportunities on the CLA webpage and the LAW webpage for application information.

 

Community members seeking legal assistance can select the following options:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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