Pre-requisites/Co-requisites
Externship Seminar

2 credits (ungraded)

Max enroll: 2 JD (limited to third year students)

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Health Law and Bioethics or Public Health Law, Administrative Law.

Recommended: Human Rights course

Learning objectives:
The goal of the externship is to provide students both with hands-on experience working on legal issues that arise in urban inner city primary health care settings, and an opportunity to be involved in law reform and systemic advocacy research and activities related to the social determinants of health and access to justice challenges patients and community members living in poverty face in this primary care setting. Students will gain experience interviewing and interacting with clients, conducting focused legal research, and develop written and oral legal and systemic advocacy planning and communication skills.

Placement activities:
Students will attend onsite at St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team clinic on Wednesday’s from 1pm-5pm to support the operation of legal information and advice clinic.

Weekly, students will engage in another ½ day of written and oral advocacy work in relation to direct services (e.g. memorandum of law, draft an affidavit, write an advocacy letter, client communication), as well as dedicated time to research and writing and engagement in systemic advocacy or education projects. Participation in legal clinic seminars organized with other legal clinics at the Faculty of Law is part of this second component.

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

Evaluation
Satisfactory completion of the externship, including the submission of the required assignments, evaluations and logs, and a short research paper on one of the law reform and systemic advocacy issues earns two ungraded credits. The faculty supervisor assesses, in consultation with the field supervisor, whether the requirements for earning credit have been met.

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
2
Hours
0

Enrolment

Maximum
2
2 JD