For Articling Year: 2023-2024
Hiring for ONE Articling Student Position
Location: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, 489 College Street, Suite 503, Toronto, M6G 1A5
Deadline for Applications: Friday, July 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers trauma-informed legal services and representation, trauma-informed counselling and multilingual interpretation to diverse women (self-identified), non-binary, intersex, and Two Spirit people who have experienced violence. We cultivate skills and resilience by fostering safety, dignity and equality and we amplify voices to create individual and collective change. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that create environments of violence and oppression.
The Clinic’s Legal Department provides legal advice and representation in the areas of family and immigration/refugee law, supportive legal services in family court, and summary legal advice about legal responses to sexual assault. Legal remedies pursued on behalf of clients are designed to achieve long-term protection from violence, security in relation to legal status in Canada, financial and social stability in their families and other redresses for the violence they have experienced. The Schlifer Clinic is a feminist organization committed to equality. We are committed to working from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed framework, recognizing intersecting systemic barriers to equality.
Description of Responsibilities:
The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of the delivery of family and immigration law services, including the provision of summary legal advice (under a lawyer’s supervision), management of client files/cases, interviewing clients, preparation of pleadings, legal research and the potential for some representation of clients in proceedings appropriate to the student’s skills and experience. The student will assist lawyers with providing Independent Legal Advice to survivors of sexual assault. In addition, the student may be involved with legal intake, referrals, and advocacy for clients with Legal Aid and other social services. The student will work collaboratively with Clinic lawyers in the development of litigation and advocacy strategies and investigation/preparation of client cases. In addition, there will be opportunities, based on student interest, to engage in law reform initiatives, the delivery of public legal education and other legal programs. Throughout the placement, the student will receive ongoing supervision, feedback and training.
$51,000 (for the 10-month articling period) plus comprehensive health benefits plan following successful completion of the probationary period, and Bar Admission/Licensing Fees
The application package should be sent by email to: [email protected] with the subject line of 2023-24 Articling Application and should include the following:
As ONE attachment:
(1) Cover letter – addressed to Director of Legal Services
As separate attachments:
(3) two reference letters
(4) copy of Law school transcript
(5) anticipated 3rd-year courses, if applicable
Deadline for Applications:
Friday, July 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
Please make your best efforts to submit applications at least one week before the July 8 deadline. As there is historically high interest in the Clinic’s articling position, this will allow us to give sufficient time to review all applications.
Calls, interviews, and offers will be made as per the Law Society of Ontario Articling Recruitment Procedures for the current year.
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes candidates from equity-seeking groups and is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require accommodation due to a disability during any aspect of the recruitment process, and we will work with you to address your needs.
This position has been made available through
The Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program