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.

June 18 2018 Update re 2018-2019 Clinic Spaces

The following clinics have spaces available for fall 2018 or spring 2019. If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, please do so ASAP as offers will be made on a rolling basis. Full information on how to apply can be found in the table below and students with questions should feel free to reach out to the respective Clinic director or coordinator with questions.  Please note that requests to waive the pre-requisite of Family Law for the Rise Women’s Legal Centre will be considered.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre
1 space available for fall

Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
2 spaces possibly available for fall
1 space possibly available for spring

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program
1-2 spaces available 2018-2019 academic year

 

2018-2019 Clinic/Externship Applications

All students applying to a 2018-2019 Clinic or Externship must apply individually to each clinic (using the specific clinic application form/process noted below) and must also complete the 2018 Common Clinical Programs Application Form and attach it to each application.
 
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).  
 
In addition to reviewing the information below, students should review the 2018-2019 Clinical/Externship Information Session handout from the February 2018 Information Sessions.
 
 
Program
Contact
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. Students have the opportunity to develop solicitor's practice based skills and use their substantive understanding of business law in a clinical setting for the benefit of the public.

Offered in Fall and Spring terms.

Chiara Woods, Executive Director, Centre for Business Law
(604) 822-3267
woods@allard.ubc.ca

Application Form

(for 2018-2019)

Full for 2018-2019

Corporate Counsel Externship (7 Clinical credits)

Upper year students are placed in the legal department of a business oriented organization for one term on a part-time basis. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from experienced corporate counsel in a supportive educational environment and apply concepts learned in the classroom to practical legal and business matters in a particular industry. 

Offered in Fall and Spring terms.

Chiara Woods, Executive Director, Centre for Business Law
(604) 822-3267
woods@allard.ubc.ca

Application Form

(for 2018-2019)

Full for 2018-2019

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.

Offered in Spring term.

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

Information Sheet

Application Form

(for 2018)

Full for 2018-2019

Judicial Externship (15 clinical credits)

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

Offered in Fall and Spring terms. Open to third-years only.

Emma Cunliffe, Faculty Coordinator
cunliffe@allard.ubc.ca

See Info Sheet

(for 2018)

Full for 2018-2019.

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. 

Offered in Summer, Fall and Spring Terms.

Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director
barkaskas@allard.ubc.ca

March 15, 2018 at 4pm

Accepting applications on a rolling basis for summer, fall and spring.

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. 

Full-year program.

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

Application Form

(for 2018)

Full for 2018-2019

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.

Full-year program.

Nicole Barrett, Director
barrett@allard.ubc.ca

 

Application Form

(for 2018-2019)

Full for 2018-2019

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.

Offered in Summer, Fall and Spring Terms.

NOTE: Commencing Summer 2019, the Rise Women's Legal Centre will require Evidence as a pre-requisite and Family Law will be strongly recommended.

Vandana Sood, Supervising Lawyer vsood@womenslegalcentre.ca

Application Form

(for 2018-2019)

Accepting applications on a rolling basis for summer, fall and spring

 

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.

Offered in Summer, and as a full-year program. Exchange students are permitted to enroll in LSLAP.

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

Application Form

(for 2018)

Syllabus

Accepting applications on a rolling basis

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