Clinic Practice Programs (LAW, CLA, CLAS) and Clinic Volunteer Program (CLA)

APPLY NOW TO VOLUNTEER AT CLA! 
Senior Caseworker applications are due at 8 am on August 17.
Caseworker applications due at 8 am on September 1.

 

CLA offers volunteer opportunities to first, second- and third-year law students. Our clinic provides low-income residents and UWin students with legal advice and representation in landlord tenant matters, criminal law – summary conviction, highway traffic, provincial offences, mental health court, small claims court, various ministries, academic integrity, elder law and family law advice matters.

First-year students can volunteer as caseworkers. Caseworkers have the unique and rewarding opportunity to handle the day-to-day life of a file (such as, interacting with clients, conducting research, communicating with opposing counsel/the Crown, etc.). But this position is open to students of all years!

Hey, second and third-year students, do you want to gain litigation experience? Senior caseworkers have the exciting and thrilling opportunity to advance their oral and written advocacy skills while representing clients during remands and hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Landlord and Tenant Board. Nervous? Do not fret, you will have the immense support of your experienced Group Leader and knowledgeable Review Counsel who are always eager to help!

As per the Law Society of Ontario, both caseworkers and senior caseworkers are closely supervised by our Review Counsel to ensure that client rights are preserved.

The CLA website has detailed information about Caseworker and Senior Caseworker positions. There is also lots of helpful information on the FAQ page.

We have a schedule of mandatory two-hour group times. Once you are assigned to a group, you meet every week at the established time in person at the CLA office located in bustling Downtown Windsor, a 10-minute bus ride from campus. You will be able to access your files remotely. Your meetings with clients will be in person and remote, depending on the client’s needs and preferences. Please ensure that you reserve a total of 7 to 10 hours for your CLA commitment, which varies depending on your cases. New students will be selected on a first come first served basis and your availability for group times. Demand for positions always exceeds the number of available positions, so we recommend applying as soon as possible for your best chance at securing a position.

Please note that CLA has a masking policy which requires staff, students and clients to wear masks at all times (except where students and staff are sitting at their desks and maintaining a 2-meter distance from others).

Additionally, all caseworkers and senior caseworkers must attend the orientation sessions. The caseworker orientation will be held in person on Saturday September 10, 2022 and in your first group time. Senior caseworker orientation is TBD.  Practical workshops will be offered throughout the term by Review Counsel for those seeking further support. Groups will start the week of September 12, 2022. An email will be sent to you the week of September 5th confirming whether you have been selected for a caseworker or senior caseworker position and advising you of the group schedule.

Please contact Group Leaders, Stephanie Tambosso or Shehmeen Khurram, if you have any questions about the student experience!

Good luck and we hope to see you at CLA in the Fall!

 

APPLY NOW TO VOLUNTEER AT CLA!
Senior Caseworker applications are due at 8 am on August 17.
Caseworker applications due at 8 am on September 1.

 

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.

Positions are for Caseworkers and Senior Caseworkers.

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 Senior Casework(s). 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 a Senior Caseworker, 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 Senior Casewoker or Caseworker, you will be required to attend orientation training.

 

Apply to volunteer at CLA

 

Community Legal Aid (CLA) (General Program)


Clinic Practice Program Application Form


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 senior Caseworker 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 previously volunteered at CLA. Exceptions to this 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.

 

Clinic Practice Program Student Manual

 

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 - Housing law/Social Benefits Law and Immigration Program)


Clinic Practice Program Application Form


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. (Note that part-time positions at LAW are generally not available. Students are only able to enrol on a part-time basis in exceptional circumstances.)

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

 

Clinic Practice Program Student Manual

 

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.

Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS)


Clinic Practice Program Application Form


Academic Program

Full time ONLY: 8 – 11 credits

University of Windsor Law students can enroll at CLAS 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

 

Clinic Practice Program Student Manual

 

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.

 

Those interested in the Clinic Practice Programs (LAW, CLA, CLAS) can apply here.

Also, please review the Clinic Practice Program Student Manual in preparation for your application to the program.

 

Community members seeking legal assistance can select the following options:
 
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