The CLA Practice Program awards course credits to 2nd  and 3rd year law students who will engage in work as litigators and caseworkers at CLA. As an Academic Practice Student at Community Legal Aid you will be assigned to a group, but unlike volunteers you will perform the role of both a Caseworker and Litigator on your own case load.  

Academic Credit

You may choose to enroll in one term or spread your credit commitment across two academic terms. Each credit requires students to be at the clinic for 3 hours. Part time is a minimum for 4 credits to a maximum of 7 credits (i.e., a 4 credit placement equals 12 in-clinic hours). A full time placement can be between 8 and 11 credits (i.e., an 8 credit placement equals 24 in-clinic hours). Students must complete 3 self-evaluations and review them with their supervisors, the Academic Clinic Advisor and the Executive Director. The evaluations allow students to reflect on their performance as advocates, development of professional skills and knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The evaluations are meant to supplement the ongoing mentorship and supervisory relationship with the Review Counsel.

Responsibilities

 

The CLA Practice Program awards course credits to 2nd  and 3rd year law students who will engage in work as litigators and caseworkers at CLA. As an Academic Practice Student at Community Legal Aid you will be assigned to a group, but unlike volunteers you will perform the role of both a Caseworker and Litigator on your own case load. 

Qualifications

 

Students applying for an Academic Practice position must have volunteered for one term at CLA and completed or are in the process of completing Evidence and Criminal Procedure. Candidates must take the Clinic Seminar course simultaneously. This is a 3 credit course.

Selection Process

 

Interviews are currently closed for this academic term. Please check our website in the spring for new application dates.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to the Academic Program Advisor, Jillian Rogin, at cla@uwindsor.ca., with the subject line “ACADEMIC PRACTICE APPLICATION: CLA GENERAL”.

If you are accepted into the program, approval will be sent to the Academic Coordinator to allow for registration.

Late applications will not be considered. Some students will be contacted for an interview.