The following is information about the Legal Clinic Course, which places students in local community organisations and legal clinics.
If you are a law student entering 3rd or 4th year, here is your opportunity to get involved in a placement focused on legislative research and development!
Application Deadline for Round III is Sunday, 11 August 2019, at 15:00 to mlcc.law [at] mcgill.ca.
Application deadline is March 8th
Legal Clinic Course
The Legal Clinic Course gives students an opportunity to enrich their legal education through practical work experience in law-related fields. Students work in community organizations and legal clinics providing information and assistance to socially disadvantaged individuals, under the supervision of a lawyer.
This course promotes a deeper understanding of the legal system’s response to poverty and inequality. Students are confronted with the social reality of access to justice and the interrelationship between legal concerns and economic, psychological, ethical and other social problems.
The work covers areas such as family, consumer, criminal, landlord-tenant, immigration, environmental and human rights. Our 16 local partner organizations include Action Réfugiés Montréal, Éducaloi, Innocence McGill, Mile End Legal Clinic and Project Genesis.
Who should consider applying?
Students participate in the Legal Clinic Course for a variety of reasons, including a desire to give back to the local community, promote social justice, or gain hands-on experience. This may also be a good choice if you would like to learn more about a Clinic’s area of expertise (example: refugee law, public legal education, animal law, etc.).
Open to students who have completed at least 2 years of the BCL/LLB program.
3 or 6 credits in the Summer, Fall or Winter semesters
Applications are due in late March for the following Summer, Fall and Winter semesters. Students may indicate a maximum of three choices for their host organization. Final decisions are made by the host organization.
For the latest Legal Clinic Course Application Booklet, visit the SAO’s Forms webpage.
Funding (For S19/F19/W20, application is now closed)
Students are encouraged to apply for support from the Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg Fund for Community Engagement. The award has a need based component. In order to be considered for possible funding during your legal clinic placement, you must complete an in course Financial Aid application on Minerva. Application information is sent out by email every spring.
Students who already receive student aid might also qualify for a Enriched Educational Opportunity bursary.
Nancy Czemmel, Director of Student Life & Learning
and a student coordinator (see this year’s Legal Clinic Course Application Booklet on the SAO's Forms webpage for contact information).
“My experience volunteering at the Montréal SPCA has been one of the most meaningful experiences I have had at McGill Law. I was able to develop my legal research and writing skills while working on projects that advanced the interests of animals and were very valuable to me. I am incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity and to have worked with remarkable individuals committed to improving social justice in our community.
I chose to participate in the Legal Clinic Course Program because it offers practical experience and the chance to contribute to a group in our community. I recommend the program to anyone who wants to apply their acquired legal knowledge, hone their analytical capacities, and, most importantly, foster genuine change in the lives of our marginalized community members. There is no better way to realize your ability to effect positive change through your new legal skills than by taking a legal clinic course.”
— Kirby Leigh Smith, legal clinic program participant, Summer & Fall 2012, BCL/LLB’13