The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers legal services and representation, trauma-informed counselling and multilingual interpretation to diverse women[1] who have experienced violence. We cultivate women’s skills and resilience by fostering their safety, dignity and equality and we amplify women’s voices to create individual and collective change.

The Legal Summer Student Program

The Schlifer Clinic’s Legal Department is currently accepting applications for our 2022 Summer Student Program. Every summer, we host summer students:

  • through externally funded internships/fellowships;
  • for pre-arranged course credit; or
  • as volunteers.

The Clinic does not have any internal funding for these summer student positions.

Minimum Requirements

Students should have some legal training, work experience or education in one or more areas of law practiced by the Clinic, including family, immigration and sexual assault law. All students are expected to be aware of and abide by the Schlifer Clinic’s Mission and Value Statements. As part of their summer placement at the Clinic, selected students may be asked to assist with Intake, Family Court Support, Legal Administration and/or staff lawyers’ work.  Specific assignments, projects, and work arrangements will be discussed between the student and supervisor.

Students applying for external fellowships/internships

Applications for summer student positions funded through external fellowships/internships will be accepted until January 28, 2022.  

Selected students will be contacted by February 19 to discuss and finalize their applications and will be provided letters of support as required.  If a request has to be expedited to meet a funding deadline, please contact:  Natalia Simoes at [email protected] (No telephone calls please.)

Students applying for course credit or as volunteers

Applications for summer student volunteers or course credit positions will be accepted on an ongoing basis, depending on the needs and capacity of the Clinic. There is no application deadline for these positions.

Selected students will be contacted in the spring to discuss available opportunities.

Please note: if you are applying for a funded position and do not receive funding, or also wish to be considered for a volunteer/course credit position, please advise the Clinic if you would like to be considered for a summer volunteer position.

To apply:

Please provide the following information:

  • Resume;
  • A short Statement of Interest outlining:
    •  your interest and/or experience in social justice and/or gender-based rights and/or gender-based violence;
    • your interest and/or experience in any of the areas of law practiced by the Clinic, and the area(s) of law you are interested to work in during your placement;
    • type of work in which you are interested (e.g. client file work, project-based work, advocacy, any proposed projects).
  • Your availability and the time commitment you are able to make;
  • (if applicable) Summary of the Fellowship/Internship/course credit for which you are applying and any deadlines.

Please note:  We do our best to place all accepted summer students. However, sometimes, we are simply not able to do so. We will let you know as soon as possible if this is the case.

Please email the above information to Natalia Simoes at [email protected]

No telephone calls, please.


[1]The umbrella term “woman” recognizes that gender is self-identification that is not necessarily correspondent with assigned sex at birth. We recognize the complexity and diversity of gender and aim to be inclusive to people outside of and across the gender spectrum.