Class Action Clinic

There is vast unmet need for legal support and information in the class action sphere. There are currently several thousand outstanding class action lawsuits in the country. The general public has only a vague understanding of how class actions work, or what to do if they think they are part of an action. Class members have no access to independent, non-partisan information about their rights in the litigation, how to object to a proposed settlement or fee, or how to claim their rightful share of a settlement.

Windsor Law helps fill that void with Canada’s first class action clinic. The clinic has both a web-based and physical presence, as well as a telephone service. Students work at the clinic under the supervision of Andrew Eckart, full-time review counsel. Students also meet weekly with Prof. Kalajdzic. The clinic provides a range of services, from summary advice, public education and outreach, assistance with filing claims in settlement distribution processes, and legal representation in court hearings.

Students enrolled in the Class Action Clinic will be expected to attend weekly meetings, undertake legal and policy research on class action issues, draft legal documents, and provide summary advice and assistance to class members. Students working at the Clinic during the academic year are given priority in the summer hiring process. In the summer of 2022, three Windsor Law students were hired to work full-time, along with a student from the University of Toronto Law School.  

Applications should include a transcript, résumé and cover letter.  Cover letter should explain the student's reasons for pursuing the experience at the clinic, and highlight their skills, knowledge and experience that will contribute to clinical projects. Any experience with trauma-informed practices or client interviewing should be noted. Enrolment in the Class Action course is a pre- or co-requisite with this Clinic placement.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Class Action Clinic, Fall 2024 Term 

The Class Action Clinic at Windsor Law is the first clinic in the world to focus on the needs of class members. Our ultimate objective at the Clinic is to provide substantive access to justice to class members and in doing so, better fulfill the access to justice promise of the class action regime. The Clinic provides legal information and legal assistance in a variety of contexts, from information about existing class actions to assistance filing settlement claims and objections to proposed settlements. The Clinic also has a mandate to provide public legal education and engage in court interventions on matters of general importance to class members. More information about the Clinic’s work is available on our website:

Students will be expected to: 

  • Maintain weekly office hours of 3-4 hours for intake; 

  • Communicate with class members to determine their needs; 

  • Conduct legal research; 

  • Draft legal documents; 

  • Investigate class actions; 

  • Prepare public legal education materials; 

  • Attend a weekly seminar with the Clinic Director; 

  • Read assigned material and engage in discussion at the weekly seminar; 

  • Write one blog of 800-1200 words; 

  • Assist in the development and publicity of the Clinic; and 

  • Other work as needed. 

Students will work under the direct supervision of the Staff Lawyer, Andrew Eckart, and obtain academic guidance and instruction from Professor Kalajdzic. 

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: Students must have taken or be currently enrolled in the Class Action course (LAWG5908-1). Students offered a position at the Clinic in the Fall term will be guaranteed registration in LAWG5908. 

Please combine your documents into a single PDF file when submitting. Cover letters can be addressed to Professor Kalajdzic and must be brief.  

Deadline: To apply, please submit your cover letter, resumé and law school transcript Monday, June 24, 2024, by 4:00pm using this online form:  

Experiential Learning Clinic Application (Fall 2024)  

Duration: 1 term, renewable
Credits: 4 per term
Evaluation: pass/fail
Pre-requisite: Class Actions course
Number of students: 2-3

Contact Professor Kalajdzic at for more information.

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