Pre-requisites/Co-requisites
Externship Seminar

Three credits (ungraded)

Max Enrol: 4 JD (conditional enrol course)

See details on how to register below.

Advocates for Injured Workers (AIW) is a unique student clinic dedicated to providing high quality legal services to injured workers. We represent clients in their claims and appeals with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. AIW is a satellite clinic of the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, an expert clinic with a long tradition of advocacy for injured workers which specializes in workers’ compensation matters, including casework, community development, law reform and test case litigation. Clients come from many neighborhoods in and around Toronto and from a wide variety of occupational and ethnic backgrounds. To obtain credit, clinic students attend weekly shifts, attend scheduled lectures, and carry a minimum of 5 active files to the satisfaction of the review counsel and the Faculty Advisors. It is expected that students enrolled in the clinic for credit will have volunteered at AIW in the previous school year.

Upper year students can allocate three clinical work credits in each year towards their academic program (one or two per term). Clinic work extends over both terms and to receive credit, students must enrol for the entire academic year. Accordingly, no credit will appear on the academic transcript or interim Statement of Grades until the program has been successfully completed. Since course selection is settled in each term prior to actually satisfying the requirements of the clinic program, students who plan to earn academic credits through clinical work must either fulfill the requirements of the program or otherwise meet the credit requirements of the J.D. program.

To register for this course: you must email a one-page statement of interest to Joel Schwartz at schwartj@lao.on.ca prior to the deadline for course selection. Indicate why you wish to register for this clinic, what relevant background or skills you have for the clinic and how you see the Advocates for Injured Workers clinic within your overall University of Toronto Faculty of Law experience. If necessary, students will be interviewed for the available positions.

Note: Enrollment in this clinic is conditional. The Records Office will add the clinic to the student's course selection once participation is confirmed by the clinic instructor. In the meantime, students must select sufficient credits for the term/year. Students approved for the clinic will have the opportunity to adjust their credits before the add/drop deadline.

Evaluation
Each clinic requires carriage of a minimum number of client files, attendance at shifts and may require attendance at lectures. The decision to grant or withhold credit will be made by the Faculty Advisor in consultation with the review counsel of each clinic.

At a Glance

Both Terms
Credits
3
Hours
0

Enrolment

Maximum
10
10 JD