Volunteers and Placements - Community Advocacy & Legal Centre


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Volunteers and Placements

Volunteer opportunities at our clinic include:

  •  Tenant Duty Counsel assistance

  •  Document preparation

  •  Clerical

Email us about your interest in volunteering.  Please fill out and mail in (or fax) our Volunteer Application Form and provide us with a copy of your resume or a letter expressing your interest. You can also apply online via the VIQ website (Volunteer & Information Quinte).  Volunteers must be screened and approved before being accepted.


Preference is given to volunteers who can commit to 6 months' time.  Only applicants with legal training will work directly with lawyers and/or clients.



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.



Internship/Externship Programs for Law Students 


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 gain experience through:

  • Researching legal issues

  • Providing case management assistance

  • 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

Specific projects to be announced.


Preference is given to part-time commitments of six 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 six 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 are also available.  We have an externship program with Queen's University's Faculty of Law. It is a reflective practicum offered to three students each year for a mandatory two terms with three credits awarded on successful completion in each of the terms. If you are a registered law student at Queen's, please contact Jane E. Emrich. 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. 



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:

  •  Skills Link (youth & young adult)

  •  Job Creation Partnership (must be eligible for Employment Insurance)

  •  Summer Career Partnership (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.