Legal Aid Clinic Courses

Course Components

  • During the fall term a weekly three hour seminar, Wednesdays 8:30-11:30am
  • Work on client files under the supervision of a lawyer throughout the school year in one of the following divisions: 
    • Community Legal Education & Outreach
    • Criminal
    • Family
    • Landlord & Tenant 
    • Women's (must be a woman to apply)
    • Joint Placement (Students in joint placements conduct all casework in accordance with their placement clinic/office where he or she is placed, not at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic.)
  • The course is worth 6 credits and runs from September to April. 
  • Students cannot register for internships or international courses during the January term.

Note: For students at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic (not in Joint Placements) the Course also includes: 

  • Participation in a rotating schedule of intake interviews for prospective clients which are held at the following times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00pm. Students enrolled in the Clinic course are required to be available for at least two of the three intake slots each semester in order to fulfill intake obligations. However, the intake clinic duties for any particular student will not necessarily occur on a regular, weekly basis, as they are shared on a rotational basis with other students within each division. Any one student may be required to fulfill an intake duty on a particular day only a few times per term.
  • Participation in Community Legal Education and Outreach Division workshops.

The Clinic Courses

CML 3248 - Introductory Legal Aid Clinic Course and CML 3248 B – Joint Placement Program

Process
  • Students must be selected by the professor for admittance into the course.
  • Students should enrol in a full course load pending admittance to the Clinic course. If accepted, students can then drop a course and add the Clinic to their schedule.
Teaching method
  • Seminar, 3 hours per week in the fall term
  • Casework 
  • Students cannot register for internships or international courses during the January term
Method of evaluation
  • Satisfactory with distinction / Satisfactory / Non-satisfactory
CML 3248 - Introductory Legal Aid Clinic Course Objectives
  • The University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income area residents and to students at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. It also provides clinical legal experience to law students, helping them develop skills and confidence as legal professionals. Skills development includes training in interviewing and advising clients, negotiation, legal drafting, oral advocacy, file and practice management and professional conduct. 
  • Clinical responsibilities include carriage of client files, participation in a rotating schedule of intake clinics (Mondays and Wednesdays, from 19:00 to 21:00; Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:00), remand court, duty counsel, community legal education and outreach, and division meetings.
  • Intakes are divided among students who must keep at least two of the three intake slots open in order to fulfill intake obligations. However, the intake clinic duties for any particular student will not necessarily occur on a regular, weekly basis, as they are shared on a rotational basis with other students within each division. Any one student may be required to fulfill an intake duty on a particular day only a few times per term.
  • Seminar classes are held weekly from September to December, and casework is done on a variable schedule from September to April.

CML 3248 B - Joint Placement Program Course Objectives

  • During the fall term a weekly three hour seminar, Wednesdays 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Students are placed with a community legal aid clinic or Legal Aid Ontario office and will conduct casework in accordance with the placement where he or she is placed. Students will develop skills such as interviewing, legal drafting, oral advocacy, file management and professional conduct. 
  • Students will be required to attend the seminar classes which are held weekly from September to December, and casework is done on a variable schedule from September to April.

CML 3449 - Clinical Legal Aid II

Prerequisites
  • CML 3248 Introductory Legal Aid Clinic Course (or equivalent experience); permission of the professor is required
Teaching method
  • Casework
Method of evaluation
  • Satisfactory with distinction / Satisfactory / Non-satisfactory
Course objectives
  • Open to division leaders at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic or students who have completed a joint placement. Clinical responsibilities include carriage of client files, participation in a rotating schedule of intake clinics (Mondays and Wednesdays, from 19:00 to 21:00; Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:00), remand court, duty counsel, community legal education and outreach, and division meetings. Intakes are divided among students who must keep at least two of the three intake slots open in order to fulfill intake obligations.Casework is done on a variable schedule from September to April.

CML 3450 - Clinical Legal Aid III

Prerequisites
  • CML3449 - Clinical Legal Aid II and permission of the professor.
Teaching method
  • Casework
Method of evaluation
  • Satisfactory with distinction / Satisfactory / Non-Satisfactory.
Course objectives
  • Open to division leaders at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic who have already completed CML3449 - Clinical Legal Aid II. Clinical responsibilities include carriage of client files, participation in a rotating schedule of intake clinics (Mondays and Wednesdays, from 19:00 to 21:00; Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:00), remand court, duty counsel, community legal education and outreach, and division meetings. Intakes are divided among students who must keep at least two of the three intake slots open in order to fulfill intake obligations. Casework is done on a variable schedule from September to April.
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