Articling Opportunities 2015 - 2016
This competition is now closed. We typically post vacancies for articling positions in the Spring of each year. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept or maintain any applications on file that are submitted outside of the formal opening of the competition. Please check back here in the Spring of 2016 if you are interested in applying for a position. Thank you for your interest.
Neighbourhood Legal Services is a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario under the Legal Aid Services Act. We have two articling positions available for the 2015 – 2016 term.
NLS’ catchment area is the east side of downtown Toronto. Since our first funding grant in 1973 we have been serving this community in a number of ways primarily through advice, advocacy and representation. Our main objectives are to assist people in preserving their tenancies, maintaining their income and achieving permanent status in Canada. We have a heavy case load that frequently requires our staff to appear before the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. Our work with Immigration Canada requires careful written advocacy and we do some related Federal Court work
We have had articling students in each of the past 10 years and all the students have been able to gain valuable experience in working with and representing clients. They have carried their own files, conducted both simple and complex trials, negotiated settlements and worked independently with colleagues, community partners and opposing counsel. At NLS our students are more colleagues than assistants and they are not asked to do administrative work for other staff.
We work with a client group that is poor and many have disabilities especially related to mental health. Many of our clients are recent immigrants and English is their second language.
We are able to pay a weekly salary of $650 this term. We of course do cover any expenses incurred.
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further please send your application including the following:
1. Cover letter
3. Contact information for 3 references
4. Any reference letters
Applications should be sent by email to Jack de Klerk: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on May 19, 2015.
We are expecting students will start the articling term on July 6, 2015