PARKDALE COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES
ARTICLING STUDENT POSITIONS
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 2017-2018 Articling Term. Please note that these are twelve-month positions, including the ten-month articles of clerkship and two months of further employment as students-at-law. Our Articling Students are supervised by the Clinic Director, and work with supervising lawyers in all four divisions to carry a varied caseload, and also participate in community development work, such as law reform initiatives, community organizing and public legal education projects. A broad range of direct experience is available. Salary is set by the organization’s collective agreement.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in social justice and working for positive social change, and an appreciation of a community lawyering approach. Some experience in poverty law issues is required as well as excellent writing and communication skills. Please apply with a letter of application outlining any experience with low income and culturally diverse communities, experience with poverty law issues, relevant employment and community volunteer experiences, and a description of your specific interest and preparation for articles with PCLS. Please also provide a resume and transcripts (web-based unofficial transcripts or grades listings are acceptable). As much as possible, our preference is to receive these in a single pdf file. We only require employment and academic references to be provided at the interview by those candidates selected. Please note that we only consider applicants with credentials from a foreign university who have already received their NCA certificate from the Federation of Law Societies and it should be included with your application.The application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2016 by 5 pm. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted, on or after Friday, July 15, 2016. Interviews will be held starting Monday, August 8, 2016, through Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Please note this is an open competition — enrolment in or completion of the Intensive Program in Poverty Law of Osgoode Hall Law School is a significant asset, but it is not a requirement. PCLS is an equity employer and welcomes applications from individuals from historically disadvantaged groups. If you require accommodation in your application process, please let us know.
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