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.

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).  You can review a summary of degree requirements here.

In addition to reviewing the information below, students should review the 2019-2020 Clinical Information Handout from the February 2019 Information Sessions.

For advising on clinical opportunities, please contact Darcy McKitrick, Manager, Student Experience.

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

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


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.

Dayna Payette, Clinic Coordinator

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.

Emma Cunliffe, Faculty Coordinator

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.

Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director

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.

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

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

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.

NOTE: Commencing Summer 2019, the Rise Women's Legal Centre will require Evidence as a pre-requisite and Family Law will be strongly recommended. Please fill in this questionnaire and upload it with your application.

Vandana Sood, Supervising Lawyer

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