Windsor Law Externship Program
Windsor Law’s Externship Program places students in law firms, non-profits, non-government organizations, courts, and community collectives under the supervision of a licensed lawyer. Students participate in a preparatory seminar and are provided both on-site and academic supervision throughout the term. The Externship Program incorporates work-integrated and skills-based learning alongside critical reflection, self-directed personal and career planning, focus on ethical and professional practice, and engagement with access to justice in theory and practice.
Windsor Law’s Externship Program consists of two distinct but complementary portions: a seminar course titled “Learning in Place” and the placement itself entitled “Externship Placement”. The seminar will consist of pre-placement training, ongoing support and a final placement showcase. The Externship Program includes a competitive application process, an array of placement sites, and a seminar that integrates the academic and work-based components of the program. Placements will vary from term to term. Students must enrol in both the seminar and work portions simultaneously.
Please note, placements for the Fall 2021 term are being determined and will be posted here once confirmed.
Placements will take place primarily on a remote basis during the Fall 2021 term. Limited face-to-face opportunities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (Toronto)
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (Toronto)
Campigotto Law (Windsor)
Canadian Environmental Law Association (Toronto)
Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (Sarnia)
Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic (Chatham)
City of Sarnia (Sarnia)
City of Windsor (Windsor)
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (Hamilton)
Health Justice Program (Toronto)
HIV Legal Network (Toronto)
Justice for Children & Youth (Toronto)
Legal Aid Ontario - Sarnia (Sarnia)
Legal Aid Ontario - Windsor (Windsor)
Margaret A. Vicente (Windsor)
Mississauga Community Legal Services (Mississauga)
Six Nations of the Grand River (Ohsweken)
SPARK LLP (Toronto)
Unison Health and Community Services (Toronto)
University of Windsor (Windsor)
Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic (Windsor)
Windsor Regional Hospital (Windsor)
Placements are updated on an ongoing basis.
Applications are collected in the summer for the Fall term, and again in early Fall for the Winter term. Recruitment for any outstanding placements may take place closer to the start of the term. Students will be notified of the application details via email and Blackboard.
2L and 3L students may apply by submitting an online Externship Application Form. Required documents for an application include a cover letter, resume, transcript (an unofficial transcript will suffice), and writing sample. Students are not guaranteed any particular placement but can rank placements in order of preference during the application process. Applications will be assessed in consultation with the Placement Supervisors.
Students must simultaneously enrol in both the seminar (5932-01) and placement (5933-01) portions of the program for a total of 6 credits (2 for the seminar, 4 for the placement).
In order to be prepared for success, please take a moment to review the documents on this page.
Advice from Former Externs (video)
- Student Declaration of Understanding (complete and return to the Clinical & Experiential Learning Coordinator at Windsor Law)
A special thank you for your generous support of the Travel Fund
Thank you for hosting a student extern from Windsor Law. In order to be prepared for success, please take a moment to review the documents on this page.
Externship Agreement (MOU)
Externship Supervisor Manual (includes program background, policies, and best practices)
Workplace Injury Insurance
- Withdrawal Policy