Summer employment

Law students in their first or second year of Common Law (English and French sections) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, including students in the Programme de droit canadien and students in other J.D. Joint Programs are encouraged to apply for summer employment at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic (the "Clinic").

Notices about the summer hiring process are posted in January of each year. Interviews take place in February or March, and offers are made shortly afterwards.

In selecting candidates, the Clinic considers factors such as: 

  • Principles of employment equity; 
  • Client service related experience; 
  • Sensitivity to barriers facing the community served by the Clinic; and 
  • Evidence that the student is not experiencing or in any academic difficulty.

A summer job at the Clinic is an opportunity to work full-time on client files or community legal education and gain practical legal skills in a collegial and supportive environment. Summer students work very closely with Review Counsel due to the small group size and regular hours, and consequently gain significant experience with Clinic files and legal procedure in that time. Students who work at the Clinic in the summer must return as caseworkers in the 6 credit Clinical Legal Aid II or III course from September to April, where they will continue their casework while providing a mentoring role for new students as Division Leaders. 

Students will be hired to work in the following divisions: 

  • Community Legal Education and Outreach
  • Criminal
  • Family
  • Tenant
  • Women’s

Please see Our Divisions and Joint Placements section for more information.

Summer Employment 2017

Positions are open to law students in their first or second year of Common Law (English and French sections) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, including students in the Programme de droit canadien and students in other J.D. Joint Programs. Students who work at the Clinic in the summer must return as caseworkers in the 6 credit Clinical Legal Aid II or III course from September to April, where they will continue their casework while providing a mentoring role for new students as Division Leaders.

Please submit one copy of each of the following:
  • The summer employment information form;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • letter indicating why you want to work at the Clinic, what you believe you can contribute to the Clinic and the division(s) you are applying for, ranked in order of preference; and
  • Your unofficial up to date law school grade report, including your interim grades.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Hiring Committee and submitted to the receptionist at:

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic 
17 Copernicus Street 
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 

Or via fax at 613-562-5602

Or via e-mail at uoclc@uOttawa.ca

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 AT 5:00PM.

Applicants should note that:
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • We expect that interviews will be scheduled in  late February and early March.
  • We will only contact those students who receive an interview.
  • As an equal opportunity employer, the Clinic will consider requests for accommodation without prejudice.
  • ALL SUMMER STAFF must return as caseworkers in the Clinical Legal Aid II or III course in the following year, where they will continue their casework in the same division and at the same clinic as their summer placement while providing a mentoring role for new students as Division Leaders.
  • Please do not bring your applications during our intake hours (Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.).
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