Volunteer training and case rounds: Wednesdays from 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm
(note: do not rank Family Law as a preference on your volunteer application unless you are available in this timeslot in both the Fall and Winter terms)
The Family Law Division offers direct representation and advice to U of T students or individuals in the community qualifying under our low income threshold. We mainly focus on child custody, access and support cases. You can read more information about the types of cases that we accept here.
The work includes client counseling; case theory formulation, research; drafting correspondence, court pleadings and agreements; as well as preparation for negotiation, mediation or litigation. Students may have the opportunity to represent clients and speak to matters before a Family law Judge at the Ontario Court of Justice at 47 Sheppard Ave. in Toronto. The division also works in partnership with the Social Work division at the Clinic.
As a Family Law Division volunteer, you will attend weekly training sessions which will cover the basic substantive areas of law we deal with in the division. This includes an overview of the Family Law Rules, sessions on the law of child custody and access, child and spousal support, domestic violence and restraining orders, and the life cycle of a family law file. We will also review procedures for a family law intake and the fundamentals of “soft skills” employed. You will work with your division leaders and other Family division caseworkers on their files. You will be assigned a specific division leader to mentor you through the year.
This program is open to applicants in any year of study at the Faculty of Law.
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).