Law Student Opportunities

Are you looking for a career, rather than just a job? Are you interested in meaningful work that has an impact on the lives of vulnerable people? LAO is seeking bright legal talent looking for hands-on experience on the frontlines in the social justice field, client contact, and a career path in an innovative and flexible legal environment.

Every year, LAO serves over 1 million low-income Ontarians through duty counsel services (the courtroom equivalent of emergency room triage), staff services, the legal aid certificate system, and through 76 community legal clinics across the province.

Our legal staff provides services in family, criminal, immigration and refugee law, and support the organization through research services, policy development and certificate administration.

What you can expect from LAO:

  • A varied career path that will expose you to a number of practice areas in a variety of LAO business lines
  • Career support in the form of orientation, mentoring, and professional development
  • Opportunities to work in different geographic locations throughout the province, and the option of applying for secondments with other public sector employers
  • Training opportunities to become a legal specialist, or a future leader of the organization
  • A diverse workplace that values your desire to pursue interests outside of work
  • Competitive compensation and the possibility of flexible work arrangements

LAO offers a number of summer employment opportunities for both first and second year law students, and articling students. Examples of the type of work that our students are exposed to include:

  • Bail work: interview accused, contact and verify sureties, conduct surety interviews, act as intermediary between duty counsel and private counsel, facilitate interviews for duty counsel.

  • Duty counsel: help unrepresented people in family court to 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 and assist with client meetings.

  • Legal research: research points of law in support of legal aid certificate lawyers. Develop new legal research material for web publishing.

  • Policy development: assist policy counsel in providing research and advice to LAO on service delivery, legislative changes, prioritization and accountabilities

  • Area office work: work with LAO area office staff to assist clients in completing intake information (financial statements) and regular follow-up, prepare and file court documents, attend court and client appointments, research and prepare case reports.

Calls for applications, interviewing and offers of employment happen in line with the Law Society of Upper Canada's recruitment timelines. Job postings are available on our Career page. LAO also participates in the second year summer student On Campus Interview (OCI) process.

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