Articling Student: 2018/2019

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS) is a community legal clinic, funded by Legal Aid Ontario, providing legal assistance to low income persons in the area bounded by Ossington Avenue, Yonge Street, Bloor Street and south to Lake Ontario. Legal services include providing summary advice, representation and assistance, as well as referrals on non-legal matters of concern to clients. The Clinic also conducts community outreach, provides community education, and organizes law reform activities.

KBCLS is looking for an articling student to provide advice and representation in the areas of poverty law, including Immigration, Social Assistance, Housing law, Employment and other areas of law. The senior lawyer in the Clinic will be the principal, but the student will be supervised by all three Clinic lawyers. The student will also engage in public legal education and community development activities.

Job Requirements:

• LL.B or JD degree;
• Eligibility to participate in the articling process for the 2018/2019 terms;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Excellent judgement and problem solving ability;
• Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills;
• Relevant experience in poverty law and advocacy skills;
• Proven ability to work independently and within a team-based environment;
• Advance computer skills; and
• Such other articling student eligibility requirements as required by the Law Society of Ontario.

Favourable consideration will be given for the following:

• SLASS experience while at law school;
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice; and
• Fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time position for 10 months commencing August 2018. The salary for this position is $48,000 per annum, pro-rated to 10 months.


Applications must include the following only (no transcripts):

• a cover letter outlining relevant experience and/or interest in the field of social justice;
• a resume; and
• two references, one of which should be academic.

Please submit the above in PDF format to Lee Tenenhouse by email at tenenhl@lao.on.ca – the subject line should read “Articling Student”. Applications must be received no later than 5:00pm, Friday July 6, 2018. No telephone calls please.

KBCLS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and we welcome applications from people who are reflective of our diverse community. We also welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Summer Law Student 2018

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS) is a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services in the areas of poverty law, including Immigration, Social Assistance, Housing law, Employment and other areas of law to low-income residents in our catchment area.

KBCLS is seeking a full-time Law Student for the months of July and August to be a part of our legal team.  The successful applicant may have the opportunity to continue with part-time work at the Clinic in the fall term.

You will have the opportunity to do some legal research, assist in preparation for tribunal appearances, meet with clients and develop practical legal skills.  The position will also include providing some intake services and identifying legal issues, completion of legal forms, and drafting of legal correspondence.  The position also requires a willingness to complete less exciting administrative tasks.

Compensation: $20.00/hr

Applicant must have been registered as a full-time law student during the prior academic year, and intending to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year.

KBCLS is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants from historically disadvantaged groups are very strongly encouraged to apply.  We encourage applicants to let us know of any barriers to application, so that we may accommodate diverse needs.

Interested applicants should send an email to Melissa Jean-Baptiste at jeanbame@lao.on.ca  attaching your resume, a covering letter, and the names of two references in PDF format by 5:00pm Friday, June 29, 2018.


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 Our regular clinic hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, and  Wednesday  9:00  to  12:00 and  1:00  to  5:00
Thursday     9:00  to 1:00       CLOSED for Staff Meeting
Friday           9:00  to 12:00  and  1:00  to  4:00

We close daily from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch except on Thursdays.


Mandarin Mini Clinic

Drop in Tuesday mornings from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. and speak with Fei, our Mandarin interpreter.

Walk in any time during our office hours and we will use 3-way telephone interpretation to serve you in any language.

We are a non-profit community based legal clinic serving low income members of our community who qualify for our services and meet our case selection criteria. Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services [KBCLS] is located at 489 College Street, one block west of Bathurst Street, in Toronto.