RightsWatch Project

This multi-chapter project was created in 2010 by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), and now runs at 19 chapters across Canada. Anetwork of PBSC law student bloggers regularly compiles local and national news, events, and opinion pieces regarding basic rights and freedoms in Canada.With contributions from across Canada, the RightsWatch blog serves as an on-the-ground monitoring tool, providing information to other civil liberties groups and directly informing the CCLA's national advocacy strategy.

Two students from U of T will submit blog posts, and will receive training from a legal or academic mentor on how to monitor civil liberties issues and abuses in their local communities. Students will receive a fully funded trip to the 2014 CCLA National Conference, held in Toronto between September 20-22.

There are no formal prerequisites, but familiarity with constitutional law is helpful. If you are a self-motivated student who is engaged with current events and/or politics, and enjoys writing, please consider applying to this fantastic position.

Read the blog here: http://www.ccla.org/rightswatch/

Public Enquiries Internship

Two students will assist with the CCLA's ongoing interactions with the public by reviewing and responding to emails, letters and phone calls, as well as assisting with public walk-ins. Tasks will include client intake, triage, assessment, and performing legal research.

Legal Research Internship

In this joint program with Osgoode, four students from U of T will perform legal research and prepare memoranda on various topics as assigned by the CCLA's Program Directors. This may include case briefs, reviews of draft or proposed legislation, policy reviews and research memoranda on fundamental freedoms, police powers, national security, equality and civil liberties public education.

Talk Rights Internship

One student from U of T will be placed in this internship that involves creating accessible information on rights and liberties, participating in civil liberties "intensive" seminars with leading practitioners, and organizing events to raise awareness about civil liberties issues. 

How Do I Get Involved?

If you would like to get involved please submit a General PBSC Student Application Form, available here.

Contact Information

For general inquiries about the PBSC University of Toronto Chapter, please contact the Program Coordinators:

Greg Drozdzal
U of T Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Ellie Minchopoulos
U of T School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Email - probonostudents.utoronto@gmail.com