Student Legal Assistance Clinical Theory (Law 693) and Clinical Practice (Law 696) are full-year 3-credit courses which meet bi-weekly over both fall and winter terms. Students must be enrolled in both courses concurrently, commencing in fall term.
Law 693: Student Legal Assistance: Clinical Theory
Students enrolled in SLA Clinical Theory (Law 693) will explore a selection of poverty law and social justice topics related to the work and clients of SLA. Students will examine and critically reflect on systemic barriers which prevent or impede access to justice. Students will develop materials for SLA caseworker use and will also assist in SLA's outreach and access to justice efforts via the delivery of public legal information and education seminars focused on the needs of marginalized clients.
Law 696: Student Legal Assistance: Clinical Practice
Students enrolled in SLA Clinical Practice (Law 696) will engage in advanced experiential learning about the practice of law through the carriage of an assigned case load in SLA. Students will participate in all aspects and areas of SLA clinical work including summary criminal offences, family law matters, residential tenancy issues, small claims disputes and traffic offences. Students will develop a range of problem-solving and client management skills including interviewing, counselling, negotiation and dispute settlement. Students will also develop their written and oral advocacy skills through a variety of court and trial processes and via SLA's court-annexed advocacy projects such as trial confirmation process, domestic violence court, bail forfeiture applications, etc.