Refugee & Immigration Law division

Volunteer training and case rounds: Mondays from 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm
(note: do not rank Refugee & Immigration Law as a preference on your volunteer application unless you are available in this timeslot in both the Fall and Winter terms)

Division description

The RI Division offers direct representation and advice to refugees, people with precarious status and people without status. You can read more information about the types of cases that we accept here.

The work includes client counseling; case theory formulation; legal and country conditions research; drafting of affidavits and submissions on various immigration and refugee applications; as well as hearing preparation and litigation. Students may have the opportunity to represent clients at refugee hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board and/or with appeals to the Refugee Appeal Division. Students will also assist with litigation at the Federal Court. The division also aims to work closely with our community partners to provide public legal information workshops and advocate for a just and humane refugee and immigration system.

Volunteer program

As an RI Division volunteer, you will attend weekly training sessions intended to introduce you to the skills and knowledge that you will require to work in the division. This includes an overview of the immigration and refugee system, sessions on the law and procedure relevant to the applications routinely pursued at the division as well as client counselling and advocacy skills. You will work with your division leaders and other Rl division caseworkers on their files, working your way up to taking files on your own or in a partnership with other caseworkers. You will be assigned a specific division leader to mentor you through the year.

Note: This program is open to applicants in any year of study at the Faculty of Law. However, those who have already volunteered as an upper year student and those who have already taken the credit course do not have to attend any further training.