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.

2018-2019 Information Sessions

Information about our Summer 2018 and 2018-2019 clinical programs will become available through December 2017-February 2018. All students interested in applying for a Summer 2018 or Winter Session 2018-2019 clinic or externship should attend the relevant clinical/externship information session(s) in February .


Non-Trial Based Clinics/Externships Information Session  – Wednesday, February 7, 12:30pm, Allard Hall (104 or Forum)

Innocence Project
Business Law Clinic
Judicial Externship
International Justice & Human Rights Clinic

Information Session for Clinics Which Include Trial Work – Thursday, February 8, 12:30pm, Allard Hall (104 or Forum)
Indigenous Community Legal Clinic - offered in summer and winter sessions
Criminal Clinic
Rise Women’s Legal Centre - offered in summer and winter sessions
Law Students' Legal Advice Program - offered in summer and winter session


2018-2019 Clinic/Externship Applications

All students applying to a 2018-2019 Clinic or Externship must attach the 2018 Common Clinical Programs Application Form (to be available in early 2018) 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).  
Application Form
Application Deadline

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

Application Form (for 2018-2019)

March 1, 2018

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

Information Sheet

Application Form (for 2018)

March 1, 2018

Judicial Externship (15 clinical credits)

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

Patricia Barkaskas

See Info Sheet (for 2016)

March 1, 2018

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
Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director
(604) 684-7334


March 1, 2018 (for 2018 summer session and  2018-2019 winter session)

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, Q.C.
Tel: (604) 827-3616

Application Form (for 2017)

March 1, 2018

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


Application Form (for 2017)

March 1, 2018

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.  Rise contributes to addressing the barriers to access to civil justice for women and their children.

Vandana Sood

Application Form (for 2017-2018)

March 1, 2018 (for 2018 summer session and  2018-2019 winter session)


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.

TBC, Criminal Supervising Lawyer

Chris Heslinga, Civil Supervising Lawyer

Application Form (for 2017)


Contact LSLAP

For questions about this webpage and/or requested changes, please email Cherry Chiu, Student Services Program Assistant: