Community Legal Clinics in Ontario
NLS is a legal clinic that has been rooted in its specific geographic community since 1973. NLS is an independent, non-profit organization that works closely with the community. However, NLS is also part of the larger legal clinic system in Ontario formed in part through the common membership of legal clinics in the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO). There are 77 community legal clinics across the province serving every community in Ontario. 19 of these serve defined "communities of interest" across the province. These include, for example, the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Justice for Youth and Children, ARCH Disability Law, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario etc.
Each clinic serves its particular community. But it is together that the community legal clinic system collectively delivers effective poverty law services across the province, and ensures access to justice for lower income Ontarians.
To find out more about community legal clinics, click here to read Community Legal Clinics in Ontario: Ensuring Access to justice (Note: link opens as a .pdf document)
Find a legal clinic in your community
If you live outside of our catchment area and are looking for a legal clinic in your community anywhere in Ontario, please visit this link on Legal Aid Ontario's website for a complete list of legal clinics in Ontario, as well as to search for your community legal clinic by postal code.