The Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship

Call for Host Organizations

Offered in partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from prospective host organizations for its groundbreaking Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 articling period.

The Public Interest Articling Fellowship was conceived to meet both a significant need for legal assistance within the public interest community and to allow law students to gain valuable experience in public interest law.  The program expands opportunities for articling in public interest organizations in Ontario by targeting groups that do not have access to funds to pay for an articling position.  Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), with its extensive experience in working with public interest organizations and law students across the province, will continue to administer the program.

The LFO is inviting applications from prospective host organizations for up to six 2013-14 Articling Fellowships.  The Fellowship covers the articling student's salary, along with the LSUC Licensing Process Fee and Licensing Application Fee. A stipend may also be paid, if necessary, to the selected organizations for out-of-pocket expenses (such as furnishing an office or purchasing a computer) that are required to host an articling student.

To be eligible, the host organization must:

  • Be Ontario-based
  • Be a not-for-profit or registered charity
  • Have an on-site Articling Principal
  • Not have access to funds to hire an articling student

Organizations that have access to other funds for articling students (including legal aid clinics that are eligible for LAO-supported articling positions) are not eligible for this program.  The selected organizations will hire a student for a ten-month articling period through the articling application process governed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The application form for the 2013-14 Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program can be accessed on the LFO website.

Applications should be submitted to:

Attn: Navneet Johal
Pro Bono Students Canada
39 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C3

or

Email: PIAF@probonostudents.ca

The deadline to apply is October 24, 2011, 5:00 p.m. 

The Law Foundation of Ontario helps people to understand the law and use it to improve their lives.  It provides grants for access to justice initiatives, awards fellowships, and supports the practice of public interest law and professional excellence. For more information on the LFO, visit www.lawfoundation.on.ca

SOURCE The Law Foundation of Ontario

For further information:

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Navneet Johal, Manager, Pro Bono Students Canada at (416) 946-0930 or nav.johal@probonostudents.ca.

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