Staff lawyer, immigration and refugee law

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services

Six‑month contract

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services is a non‑profit legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide legal services to low‑income residents of the Region of Waterloo in various areas of law including Landlord Tenant, Income Maintenance, Immigration, Employment and Consumer Debt.

The clinic is seeking mid‑level lawyer to join our office for a 6 month contract position from October 1, 2019 to March 30, 2020. The candidate will provide legal services in Immigration and Refugee Law primarily with the possibility of practicing in other areas of clinic law as well. In addition to providing advice and representation to clients, the successful candidate will mentor staff, offer public legal information sessions to the community, and lead and/or support community and law reform initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in social justice, law reform and community development work in addition to strong administrative law and litigation skills.

Qualifications include:

  • Preferably previous experience providing legal services in a community legal clinic
  • Ability to manage a high caseload
  • Experience leading or contributing to a law reform or community development initiative
  • Commitment to social justice and broader poverty law issues
  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Ability to regularly attend off-site satellite clinic locations
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset

The salary range will be commensurate with experience. There are no benefits as this is a contract position, however there is the potential for the contract to be renewed contingent on funding.

WRCLS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and we welcome applicants from people who are reflective of our diverse community. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario's Human Rights Code.

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and 2 letters of reference. Applications can be submitted either by email to or by fax (519‑743‑1588), courier, or mail addressed to:

Hiring Committee
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
Unit 101, 450 Frederick Street
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2P5

Application deadline: August 23, 2019