Community Outreach

“I would like to sincerely thank the students for their presentation of the Tenant’s Rights workshop. All of the participants were pleased and learned a lot of info. They mentioned that the presentation group was very well prepared for their presentation and responded well to questions.”

As a poverty law clinic, DLS is committed to community outreach work as a core part of our mandate. At present, this work falls into two categories: public legal education sessions and our satellite clinic program.

Public Legal Education:

Knowledge of the law and legal rights is a critical first step in assisting people in exercising their rights. We provide plain language workshops on legal topics to community agency staff and clientele on a variety of legal topics including criminal law, housing law, refugee and immigration law and family law. These sessions can be for small groups or for groups as large as 100 or more. To request a workshop or learn more about our PLE program, contact us.

Satellite Clinic Program:

The DLS Satellite Clinic program aims to increase the accessibility of our services by locating our student volunteers within valued and trusted community agencies across Toronto. This program reflects the reality that our clients’ legal problems do not arise in isolation from the other challenges they face in their lives (e.g. the struggle to find or keep housing, or the struggle to eat). This structure also allows us to benefit from the expertise and rapport our partnering community organizations have with specific client groups.

DLS has three satellite clinic partners: Evangel Mission, the Fort York Food Bank and the Drop-in Meal Program at Church of the Redeemer.

To find our more about our community outreach program, or to request a workshop, please contact us at law.dls@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 934 4535.