Instructor(s): Lisa Cirillo

Schedule: Students in the full-time program are expected to be at the clinic Monday Friday during regular business hours.

Enrollment Notes: This course requires an application.
Enrollment in all the clinics for credit is limited to upper year students. Exchange Students are not eligible to participate in clinics.

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.

Accepting an offer of placement with the clinic is a serious commitment. Once an offer of admission is accepted, students will require permission from the Faculty to withdraw.

Application Process:
To register for this course, you must email a Statement of Interest (maximum 2 pages) to the Executive Director, Lisa Cirillo at lisa.cirillo@utoronto.ca, by June 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Your statement of interest must indicate which division (practice area) you wish to work in and your reasons for this selection. For more information about DLSs divisions and the distinct learning opportunities offered by each, please refer to the DLS website http://downtownlegalservices.ca/ as well as the course descriptions for the individual part-time clinics.

In addition to the above, your Statement of Interest should address the following points:

    a) personal or lived experience with our client communities and areas of practice;
    b) previous coursework and / or experience in related areas of study;
    c) any previous experience in public interest advocacy or social justice work;
    d) indicators of academic, analytical and research and writing ability, which may include grades in related classes; and
    e) any previous experience with lawyering or advocacy work.

Course Description:
This full-time, one term clinical education program offers students the opportunity to explore legal principles and social policy issues in an empirical, public interest context. The program challenges students to examine issues with respect to the many intersections of law and social inequality in a critical way, while at the same time allowing them to develop the professional and ethical literacy which is essential to the practice of law. Through their clinical work, individualized tutorials, substantive training sessions and course seminars, students are provided with the chance to test relationships between legal rules and the realities of the justice process, to investigate the complex legal problems and policy issues which affect low income communities, and to develop a conceptual and empirical understanding of public interest lawyering.

The program is conducted at Downtown Legal Services, a community legal clinic operated by the Faculty of Law which provides services to low income people in the areas of criminal law, family law, employment law, housing law, refugee and immigration law, and university affairs. For a more detailed description of the kinds of matters we work on in each of these areas of law, please refer to the description provided for the part-time (division-specific) clinics and to our website at http://downtownlegalservices.ca/.

In addition to the casework described above, students will participate in weekly education sessions throughout the term. These sessions will include substantive legal training, case rounds and multi-disciplinary seminars. Students in the full-time program also assist with clinic intake and participate in DLSs expansive community outreach program. In terms of the writing component, students in the full-time program will produce a series of short reflective writing exercises throughout the term and are also required to submit a 25-30 page research paper on an issue of law or practice related to their clinical experiences at DLS.

Generally, students in the full-time program will work in one area of law. Experienced caseworkers who have already completed one of the DLS part-time clinic programs or who have summered at DLS can apply to work in two divisions over the course of the term.

Evaluation
This course is graded on an HH/H/P/LP/F basis. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their clinical work, including casework, outreach activities and reflective writing (60%), their research paper (20%) and their attendance and participation in seminars (20%). Students writing their Supervised Upper Year Research Paper in this full-time course must have a full-time faculty member as a co-supervisor.

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
15
Hours
0
SUYRP

Enrolment

Maximum
6
6 JD