Information for students

Overview

The Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, or Law 488/489, is a full term course comprised of 15 credits, 11 that are based on the practical component and 4 that are based on the academic component of the program. The practical component is based on a pass/fail evaluation of significant practice achievements during the term, and the academic component is comprised in weekly journaling, and participation in discussions based on the weekly readings and attendance at lectures (including mandatory attendance at the New Westminster First Nations Court on the Thursdays that court is scheduled throughout the term), and graded term paper written and composed based on independent research and critical reflection on the experiential learning at the Clinic and our discussions during lectures throughout the term.

Students commit to one full term, which they spend primarily at our location on Alexander St. in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Students cannot take other courses during the term, except in special circumstances with permission from the Director and Supervising Lawyer. There is a limit of 6 students per term, and they are temporarily articled to practice under the Law Society Rules. We have one lecture a week held at the Allard School of Law.

The clinical learning environment is unique in many ways, and the pedagogy is designed to interweave experiential learning about the practice of law in a small firm setting with learning to apply ideas and theory to that practice, with an emphasis on the circumstances of Indigenous people, relationships, and the law.

Prerequisites

Open to 7 upper year law students per term who have completed Law 476: Evidence. The deadline to apply is March 1 for the following Winter session (both Fall and Spring terms), and February 1 for the Summer Session.

Evaluation

The Clinical Program is 15 credits. Students are not enrolled in other Law courses while registered in the ICLC. Each student will be required to complete a term paper that will be graded for 4 credits. The balance of the evaluation will be on a pass/fail basis and is based on ongoing supervision of casework and participation in Clinic classes.

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