Clinical and Externship Programs

The Allard School of Law is fortunate to offer a variety of clinical and practical course offerings for upper-year students. These programs offer opportunities for our students to learn practical skills and problem solve in a supervised environment, provide access to justice, and directly engage with members of the legal profession.

In addition, clinical programs offer students an opportunity to develop professional skills such as file management, document drafting, interview techniques, evidence analysis, legal research and writing, and advocating for clients before courts and tribunals.

Information about each program as well as how to apply for participation in the 2017-2018 school year is as follows. Students should also review this helpful chart which provides detailed information about credits, terms and pre- or co-requisites. Clicking the Program name below also provides more information about each opportunity.
 
All students applying to a 2017-2018 Clinic or Externship must attach the 2017 Common Clinical Programs Application Form to all applications.
 
Pursuant to a January 26, 2017 motion at Faculty Council, commencing for students entering second-year Law in September 2017, the following rules apply:
  • Students are limited to 20 credits of clinical, competitive mooting, and Law Review credit
  • Students are not permitted to take more than two clinical programs in the course of their JD degree
The credits allocated to each clinic are noted below.
 
Please note that credit will be granted for only one of LAW 488 (Indigenous Community Legal Clinic), LAW 490 (Criminal Clinic), and LAW 491 (LSLAP).  
 
Program
Contact
Application Form
Application Deadline

The Bobinski Business Law Clinic (6 clinical credits)

Upper-year students provide supervised business oriented legal advice to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations meeting certain eligibility criteria.

 

Chiara Woods
(604) 822-3267
woods@allard.ubc.ca

Application Form (for 2017-2018)

March 1, 2017

Criminal Clinic (6 clinical credits)

Students work as counsel on a number of criminal files as either defense counsel or Crown counsel. The focus of the students' work is trial preparation, plea negotiations, and conducting trials and sentencing hearings.

Veronica Uy, Clinic Coordinator
uy@allard.ubc.ca

Information Sheet

Application Form (for 2018)

Accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2017/2018.

Judicial Externship (15 credits)

Students work for a group of provincial court judges and engage in legal research, memoranda drafting and editing.

Patricia Barkaskas
barkaskas@allard.ubc.ca

See Info Sheet (for 2016)

March 1, 2017

Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (15 clinical credits)

The Clinic serves the Indigenous community, and the work of the students is focused on representing persons in numerous areas of law including criminal charges, civil claims, family law, residential tenancy, wills and access to social assistance. The Clinic has also involved in representing organizations and groups in areas which significantly impact the interest of the Indigenous community. 

Mark Gervin, Legal Director
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Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director
(604) 684-7334
barkaskas@allard.ubc.ca

 

March 1, 2017

Innocence Project (6 clinical credits)

The UBC Innocence Project accepts applications from persons convicted of serious crimes who have exhausted their appeals and claim they are factually innocent. The work of students at the Project focuses on investigating whether a wrongful conviction may have occurred, investigating and evaluating new evidence, and assisting in making innocence applications to the Department of Justice. 

Tamara Levy
Tel: (604) 827-3616
innocenceproject@allard.ubc.ca

Application Form (for 2017)

March 1, 2017

International Justice & Human Rights Clinic (11 clinical credits)

The International Justice and Human Rights Clinic gives upper-year law students the opportunity to work on pressing human rights and global justice concerns through hands-on work on international cases and projects. Students gain experience applying international human rights law, international criminal law and/or international humanitarian law working on specific cases with a range of international justice organizations, including international criminal courts and tribunals, United Nations human rights bodies, and non-governmental organizations.

Nicole Barrett, Director
barrett@allard.ubc.ca

 

Application Form (for 2017)

March 1 , 2017

Rise Women’s Legal Centre (15 clinical credits)

Rise Women’s Legal Centre provides legal advice to clients of low to moderate income who identify as women, with a focus on Family Law matters and practice in related areas of law. The Centre welcomes applications from all upper year law students including women, men, trans and gender-diverse individuals who have taken Family Law as a prerequisite course. Students work under the supervision of clinic lawyers to provide representation to individual clients and to conduct research that will support test case litigation.  Rise contributes to addressing the barriers to access to civil justice for women and their children.

Vandana Sood vsood@womenslegalcentre.ca

Application Form (for 2017-2018)

Accepting applications on a rolling basis for 2017/2018.

Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) (6 clinical credits)

The Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) is non-profit society run by students at the Allard School of Law. LSLAP's Credit Student program accepts students to provide legal research, representation, and advocacy services to low income residents of the Greater Vancouver region. LSLAP's mandate covers a range of Civil and Criminal matters. This program is open to upper year Allard School of Law students.

Leslie-Anne Wall, Criminal Supervising Lawyer
leslie.anne@lslap.bc.ca

Chris Heslinga, Civil Supervising Lawyer
civil.sl@lslap.bc.ca

Application Form (for 2017)

Syllabus

Contact LSLAP

For questions about this webpage and/or requested changes, please email Cherry Chiu, Student Services Program Assistant: chiu@allard.ubc.ca.