Volunteer Program


Whether you’re beginning 1L, upper year, or graduate studies, come check out our Volunteer Program Information Session in J250 on Wednesday, September 13 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. You’ll hear DLS lawyers and students discuss our available volunteer opportunities this year, our different divisions of law, and how you can apply to join our clinic.

About our volunteer programs

Volunteering with DLS requires a two-term, full year commitment. All DLS volunteers (except those in the TDCAP) participate in weekly one-hour phone screening shifts under the supervision of experienced upper year DLS caseworkers. Volunteers who have attended the required additional training are also eligible to participate in the Community Outreach Program and get involved in the clinic’s casework. Due to capacity issues, the number of volunteers accepted into both the First Year and Upper Year volunteer programs is limited.

DLS is organized into six divisions offering volunteer opportunities, each with different scheduling requirements. For more information about each (including when that division meets), click one of the links below:

Note: due to potential conflict issues, students are not permitted to participate concurrently in both the DLS Family Law Program and the PBSC Family Law Project (FLP) and Family Law Rotation Project (FLRP).

In addition, DLS now offers a tribunal assistance program in partnership with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario:

To apply, complete the online form and submit by 11:59 am on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Volunteer selection

First year students will be selected using a lottery system that factors in division preference and student availability.

Upper year applicants who rank any of the six DLS divisions will be selected by staff lawyers in those divisions, capacity-permitting.

Any students who rank the TDCAP as their first choice, as well as any who rank that program below other DLS divisions but are not selected through the above-described processes, will be offered spaces in the TDCAP, capacity-permitting.