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.

Detailed information about Clinic and Externship Opportunities can be found below.

For students, who commenced law school in September 2016 or later, the following rules apply:

  • Students are limited to 20 credits of clinical, competitive mooting, and Law Review credit (the credits allocated to each clinic are noted below).
  • Students are not permitted to take more than two clinical programs in the course of their JD degree.

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). 

Review our Degree Requirements webpage,

and download our Degree Requirements and Clinics Handout (PDF; updated Feb 28, 2020) for more information including credit allocation and pre-requisites for each clinic/externship.


SUMMER 2020 CLINIC APPLICATION INFORMATION

The regular application process for summer clinics has now closed.  If you are interested in spending a summer with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and have not yet applied, the ICLC will be accepting additional applications for a limited time on a rolling basis.  Do not delay!  Applications should contain (i) a resume of no more than two pages; (ii) a statement of interest; and (iii) a copy of your current Allard Law transcripts, and should be emailed directly to: 

LSLAP for Credit may be able to accommodate additional student clinicians this summer.  If you are interested, please reach out to Chris Heslinga, Civil Supervising Lawyer (civil.sl@lslap.bc.ca) to discuss directly. 

Rise Women's Legal Centre is full for Summer 2020.

For more information about these clinics, including summer clinic dates and course details, please see the Summer Clinics Listing in the Allard Law Summer Program section.

For advising on clinical opportunities, please contact Darcy McKitrick, Manager, Student Experience, or Jennifer Lau, Acting Assistant Dean, Students.


FALL 2020 & SPRING 2021 CLINIC/EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION

Do you want to gain valuable hands-on experience, while earning Allard Law credit and fulfilling your experiential learning graduation requirement?  Participating in a clinic or externship is a great way to do just that! 

All students that would like to apply to participate in a fall 2020 or spring 2021 clinic or externship should thoroughly review the information on this page. 

Applications are due at 11:59pm on March 11, 2020.

In advance of submitting your application(s):

  1. consider which of the clinics/externships to which you would like to apply, and your order of preference (we recommend that you apply to at least three);
  2. consider which term (or terms) you prefer (eg. fall, spring);
  3. prepare one resume (two-page maximum) to be used for all applications;
  4. prepare a statement of interest (two-page maximum) for each clinic/externship to which you are applying (or the Rise Student Questionnaire (Word) in lieu of a statement of interest, if applying to Rise Women’s Legal Centre);
  5. confirm the name and contact details for at least two reference (one work and one academic, ideally) - reference letters are not required; and
  6. obtain a pdf copy of your Allard Law transcript (2L or 3L applicants) or your December Grade report (1L applicants). NOTE: Most clinics/externships do not place much weight on grades but ask for an academic record in order to review your course selection.

To apply, you must complete the following TWO actions by 11:59pm on March 11, 2020:

  1. For each clinic/externship, apply online via ACE. All experiential opportunities are labelled ExL 2020-2021: Clinic Name
  2. Complete the Mandatory Experiential Application Online Survey. This survey collects personal information about you, asks you to rank each clinic/externship by your preference based on clinic and term, and asks you to confirm whether or not you have completed pre-requisite courses. Complete the survey only once in one sitting; do not complete a survey for each clinic to which you apply.

Important Dates:

  • February 11, 2020 | 12:30-2:00pm; Lew Forum, Allard Hall – Clinics/Externships Information Session and Fair
  • March 11, 2020 | Applications due online by 11:59pm
  • March 19, 2020 | Innocence Project and International Justice and Human Rights Clinic offer date. Note the Innocence Project and International Justice and Human Rights Clinic will only consider students who rank their respective clinic first (or, in the case of the Innocence Project, 1st or 2nd after the Criminal Clinic) for early offers.
  • May, 2020 | 2020-2021 Clinic, Externship and Competitive Moot offers made

More Information:

Resumes:

  • Resumes should be a maximum of two pages. 
  • Current Allard Law students may consult the Career Services Office webpage for further resources regarding resume writing.

Statements of Interest:

  • Statements of interest should be a maximum of two pages and tailored to the specific clinic to which you are applying. 
  • If applying to the ICLC, please ensure your statement of interest describes the reasons you are particularly interested in working with Indigenous clients and serving the Indigenous community. 
  • If you applying to the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, please ensure your statement of interest describes (i) any international courses or moots you have participated in, and (ii) any experience working internationally or with international/public interest organizations.Please also note that neither of elements are a requirement for acceptance.

Interviews:

  • Many of the clinics and externships will conduct interviews. Clinic Directors or staff will get in touch with you directly, at the contact information you provide in your Application materials.

For advising on clinical opportunities, please contact Darcy McKitrick, Manager, Student Experience, or Jennifer Lau, Acting Assistant Dean, Students.

 

CLINIC/EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Business Law Clinic

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.

Carol Liao, Director, Centre for Business Law
liao@allard.ubc.ca

Corporate Counsel Externship 

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.

Carol Liao, Director, Centre for Business Law
liao@allard.ubc.ca

 

Criminal Clinic 

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. Students are permitted to enrol in the Innocence Project concurrently with the Criminal Clinic.

Dayna Payette, Clinic Coordinator
payette@allard.ubc.ca

Judicial Externship 

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. Students selected for the Judicial Externship are not permitted to take other courses during their Externship term.

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

Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

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. Students selected for the ICLC are not permitted to take other courses during their ICLC term.

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

Innocence Project 

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. Students are permitted to enrol in the Criminal Clinic concurrently with the Innocence Project.

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

International Justice & Human Rights Clinic 

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. Please note your prior international law coursework and/or international work experience in your statement of interest (if applicable; not a pre-requisite for admission).

Nicole Barrett, Director
barrett@allard.ubc.ca
 

Rise Women’s Legal Centre 

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. Students selected for Rise are not permitted to take other courses during their Rise term.

NOTE: Rise Women's Legal Centre requires Evidence as a pre-requisite and Family Law will be strongly recommended. Please fill in this questionnaire (WORD) and upload it with your application.

Vandana Sood, Supervising Lawyer vsood@womenslegalcentre.ca

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