Clinic programs offer opportunities for students to learn practical skills and problem solve in a supervised environment, provide access to justice, and directly engage with clients and members of the legal profession. In addition, clinical programs offer students an opportunity to develop professional skills such as file management, document drafting, interview techniques, evidence analysis, legal research and writing, and advocating for clients before courts and tribunals. Participating in a clinic during these unprecedented times is a great way to expand on your professional skills and demonstrate your adaptability to potential employers.
For students, who commenced law school in September 2016 or later, the following rules apply:
- Students are limited to 20 credits of clinical and competitive mooting credits (the credits allocated to each clinic are noted below).
- Students are not permitted to take more than two clinical programs in the course of their JD degree.
Please note that credit will be granted for only one of LAW 488 (Indigenous Community Legal Clinic), LAW 490 (Criminal Clinic), and LAW 491 (LSLAP). You may also want to review the Degree Requirements page.
Please see the Clinic/Externship Handout below for information including credit allocation and prerequisites for each program.
clinic/externship application information (2021-22)
General Application Information
- Resumes should be a maximum of two pages.
- Current Allard Law students may consult the Career Services Office webpage for further resources regarding resume writing.
Statements of Interest
- Statements of interest should be a maximum of two pages and tailored to the specific clinic to which you are applying.
- If applying to the ICLC, please ensure your statement of interest describes the reasons you are particularly interested in working with Indigenous clients and serving the Indigenous community.
- If you are applying to the International Justice & Human Rights Clinic, please ensure your statement of interest describes (i) any international courses or moots you have participated in, and (ii) any experience working internationally or with international/public interest organizations. Please also note that neither of elements are a requirement for acceptance.
- Many of the clinics and externships will conduct interviews. Clinic Directors or staff will get in touch with you directly, at the contact information you provide in your Application materials.
Questions about the clinic/externship application process can be directed to Chiara Woods, Manager, Student Experience.