Are you interested in working in the fields of social justice or public interest and making a real difference in the lives of those who are the most vulnerable? If so, Legal Aid Ontario (“LAO”) wants to give you that opportunity. Start your career with an articling position with LAO, and see how rewarding a career in public service can be.
LAO invests in and fosters the long-term development of its lawyers – a process that starts with the summering and articling experience. Students are provided with the opportunity to experience different areas of law, giving you a comprehensive articling experience in social justice.
Assignment: 10-month contract, start date will be late July to Early August 2023
Area of Search: Students eligible to article in 2023-24
As an articling student, you will be involved in matters that may include:
• Duty counsel services in criminal court: interview accused, contact and verify sureties, conduct surety interviews, act as intermediary between duty counsel and private counsel or Crowns, facilitate interviews for duty counsel, conduct guilty plea interviews and supervised guilty pleas, provide public legal information, and assist with set-date court.
• Duty counsel services in family court: help unrepresented clients draft applications, affidavits and motions, prepare lists of cases, summaries of cases and case books that could be accessed by duty counsel, observe courtroom presentations, provide public legal information, and assist with client meetings.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice or public interest work
• Demonstrated excellent writing and oral communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Awareness of LAO’s statutory mandate to provide high quality client service to vulnerable populations such as racialized communities, Indigenous communities, youth, and those experiencing mental health or addiction challenges and/or homelessness
• Awareness of access to justice issues facing LAO’s clients
• Ability to function in French is an asset
How to apply:
• To apply submit a cover letter, résumé, law school transcripts (web-based unofficial transcripts or grades listings are acceptable), and 2-3 work, school, or volunteer related reference letters.
o Address applications to: Hiring manager 40 Dundas Street West Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5G 2H1.
• Only applications submitted through LAO’s online application tool will be accepted.
• Candidates must apply by July 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
• Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email on Friday July 22, 2022 at 8 am.
• Virtual interviews will be held on August 8 & 9, 2022.
• If you are interested in more than one location, apply to each location/posting.
This position is represented by The Society of United Professionals and the employee will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement and union dues will be deducted bi-weekly from date of hire.
Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on Njoyn. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.
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