Parkdale Community Legal Services

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Unique opportunities to work for positive social change!

Parkdale Community Legal Services is both a teaching clinic for Osgoode Hall Law School and a poverty law organization in downtown Toronto.  We serve low income clients in a culturally diverse community on the west side, particularly in the areas of landlord/tenant law, immigration law, workers rights issues, and social assistance issues, in conjunction with community development work to address systemic issues of poverty and social exclusion.

PCLS requires two articling students for the 2019-2020 Articling Term.

.Click here for further details about the positions and the application process (PDF).

What former articling students say about the PCLS experience:

“Before attending law school, my work experience was predominantly in community-based not-for-profits addressing health and human rights issues. When looking for an articling position, I wanted to find something similarly progressive. Articling at PCLS has meant – in addition to the usual stuff like drafting legal submissions and negotiating settlements for clients on their disputes – being a frontline worker on poverty issues. Parkdale clients are a varied bunch, with diverse levels of education and social supports. Some clients want to work collaboratively with students in addressing their legal matters. Other clients identify themselves and their problems as part of a broader struggle for rights recognition. And still other clients simply want you to get it sorted and hopefully never have to visit again!”

- Jennifer Curran




“After just six months at PCLS, I’ve written two Federal Court facta, appeared before and drafted submissions for countless administrative tribunals and courts, and negotiated with landlords, employers and immigration officers. The variety of tasks to be done is huge, and there has never been a dull moment. While I’ve worked with clients on their legal issues, I’ve also built relationships with them that have become important to me, and I hope also to them. Aside from being a great place to try to effect social change and realize my personal goals in that sense, this has also been one of the most fun places I’ve ever worked. The staff is great, and it’s also been a pleasure to article at a teaching clinic as the Osgoode students are a great bunch and make excellent after work drinking buddies. “ 

- John Norquay


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1266 Queen Street West (map)
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 1L3

Tel (416) 531-2411
Fax (416) 531-0885