Externship Seminar

2 credits (ungraded) per term

Max enroll: 4 JD (limited to third year students)

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Criminal Procedure, The Constitutional Law of Criminal Procedure, or Evidence Law

Note: Students enrolled in year-long externships must participate in the fall term Externship Seminar.

Learning objectives:
The goal of the externship is to provide students with hands-on experience in working on criminal appeals pending before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Students will learn about written and oral appellate advocacy; how to formulate, research and resolve legal questions; and how to manage the different stages of complex criminal appeals.

Placement activities:
Cases will be drawn from interventions and direct appeals on criminal matters to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, including via the Courts duty panel appeals program, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Under the supervision of experienced criminal appellate litigators, students will conduct legal research, draft memoranda and contribute to draft factums. They will meet regularly with their supervising lawyer to receive feedback on their work and to discuss the appeals. Students may also have the opportunity to attend and observe hearings. While the pacing and volume of work is subject to variation in the flow and complexity of appeals, students can expect a workload of between 70 and 90 hours per term.

This Clinic uses the standard course selection process. Select this course as you would any other.

Satisfactory completion of the externship, including the submission of the required assignments, evaluations and logs, earns four ungraded credits (two per term). The faculty supervisor assesses, in consultation with the field supervisor, whether the requirements for earning credit have been met.

At a Glance

Both Terms


4 JD