Externship Seminar

Note: 3 credits (ungraded) per term.

Max Enrol: 8 JD (conditional enrol course)

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

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.

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 worker's compensation matters, including casework, community development, law reform, legal education and test case litigation. Clients come from across Ontario and from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities, including racialized, precarious and migrant workers. To obtain credit, clinic students attend weekly shifts, attend scheduled lectures, carry at least 3-5 active files to the satisfaction of the review counsel and the Faculty Advisors, and conduct other assigned law reform, test case or legal education work. It is expected that students enrolled in the clinic for credit will have volunteered at AIW in the previous school year or worked at AIW in the summer. If space permits, we may consider applications from other students who have a particular interest or experience in our work.

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 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 Maryth Yachnin at by the deadline for course selection before the lottery. 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.

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.
Academic year
2022 - 2023

At a Glance

Both Terms



8 JD