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Placements at CALC

If you are a student interested in doing a placement at our clinic, please check this page regularly.

Internship/Externship Programs for Law Students

Internships

Interns will work side by side with clinic staff in an effort to provide, protect and enhance access to justice. Law student interns will be exposed to various areas of poverty law and may gain experience through:

  • Researching legal issues
  • Assisting with case and project management
  • Interviewing clients
  • Drafting legal or client documents
  • Creating public legal education resources
  • Providing support to Tenant Duty Counsel
  • Undertaking special projects
  • Build capacity for reflective practice

Preference is given to part-time commitments of 6 months or longer. Shorter term full-time commitments are also welcomed to complete course or Bar Admission requirements. Some work can be done remotely, other work requires attendance at the Belleville office or one of 6 satellite offices in Hastings, Prince Edward or Lennox & Addington Counties. Intern experiences are customized to the needs to the clinic and the volunteer and are unpaid.

Externships

Externships are also available. We have an externship program with Queen's University's Faculty of Law. It is a reflective practicum offered to 3 students each year for a mandatory two terms with 3 credits awarded on successful completion in each of the terms. If you are a registered law student at Queen's, please contact the Assistant Dean of Students for further information.

We have also taken externs from the University of Ottawa and are willing to take extern students from other Canadian or American law schools. Please complete a Volunteer Application if you are from another university and you are interested.

Placement opportunities for students from other helping professions

Please contact us to discuss placement opportunities. Over the last few years we have been working with students from nursing, social work, and occupational therapy faculties from different universities.

Paralegal students

Please fill out our Paralegal Placement Student Application form.

We will provide training specific to the projects being assigned, and orientation to the clinic's services, mandate & philosophy. Paralegal placement students will work closely with clinic staff to gain experience and exposure to poverty law issues. Assignments will vary based on experience and availability of work.

Paralegal students must receive a high commendation from their teachers in order to qualify for a placement. Favourable references must also be provided from previous employers.

A minimum placement opportunity will be 120 hours. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a full-time 4-week placement. Placements will be decided on a case by case basis.

Other placement opportunities

From time to time we are able to secure special government grants to provide people who are currently unemployed with experience and enrichment activities in addition to a stipend or minimum wage salary.  At the present time we are accepting applications from people who fit the qualifications for the following federal government programs:

  • Canada Summer Jobs (students returning to school in the fall)

Please send a letter explaining your interest and a resume outlining your qualifications via email, fax or mail.