Articling Opportunities 2019 - 2020
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 2019-2020 term: one in the area of housing/income security and the other in immigration law.
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 and Tribunal 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.
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.
NLS hires articling students for 12 months at a weekly rate of $575. We of course do cover any expenses incurred.
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, please send your application including the following:
Applications should be sent by email to Asiya Hirji at firstname.lastname@example.org
by 5:00 pm on April 17, 2019.
We are expecting that students will start the articling term on July 2, 2019.