Articling student: 2018/19

Scarborough Community Legal Services

SCLS is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide clinic law services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community. Our work includes individual case work, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities.

We are looking for an enthusiastic articling student to provide services to low income individuals and groups in immigration, employment, social assistance, and residential tenancies law. Our student is supervised by the Executive Director but will have an opportunity to work with 10 other lawyers and 4 paralegals/community legal workers.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Casework

    • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework under the supervision of a lawyer in all areas of clinic law, with a focus on supporting immigration and employment case files.
  • Law Reform, Community Organizing

    • Support law reform and community organizing initiatives in collaboration with SCLS staff
    • Represent the Clinic to community groups as required
    • Monitor policy changes, government initiatives, research studies, reports etc. on clinic law related matters that have an impact on, and implications for, our client community
  • Public Legal Education

    • Speak to community agencies and community members on clinic law issues and clinic services
    • Write, edit, and review clinic produced PLE materials as requested by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Experience

  • You have an LL.B or JD degree.
  • You are a student in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario eligible to enter the LSO Articling process.
  • You have a demonstrated interest in social justice and working for positive social change.
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills.
  • You have the strong communication and interpersonal skills that are needed to address the needs of clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • You have a collaborative work approach and the ability to work well in a team based environment.
  • Experience in poverty law is an asset.
  • Experience in immigration law or employment law is an asset.
  • The ability to speak a second language is an asset.

Terms of Employment

This is a 12 month contract. This contract will continue for two additional months after the completion of the 10 month articling requirement.

This position commences in late July/early August 2018.

The salary for this position is $45,000 to $50,000 per annum.

How to Apply

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcripts (web-based unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and contact information for two references to Svetlana Kroutskikh by email at, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Hiring Committee, Articling Student
Scarborough Community Legal Services,
695 Markham Rd., Suite 9
Toronto, ON M1H 2A5

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Your cover letter should outline any experience you have working with low income and diverse communities, experience with poverty law issues, relevant employment and academic experiences, and a description of your specific interest in completing articles at SCLS.

SCLS welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.