University Affairs division

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

Division description

DLS represents University of Toronto students charged with academic offences, non-academic offences, and who are appealing University decisions. You can read more information about the types of cases that we accept here.

Our division’s work includes client counseling, summary legal advice, negotiation with University Counsel, drafting of correspondence and litigation pleadings (including affidavits and written submissions), and representation of clients in tribunal hearings before the University Tribunal with respect to both appeals and offences. Students in this division should be interested in both oral and written advocacy, as the work heavily involves both.  Our offences files mainly involve oral advocacy and the appeal files involve both.

Volunteer program

As a University Affairs (UA) division volunteer, you will attend Tuesday training sessions intended to introduce you to the relevant principles of administrative law, university procedure, client counseling and negotiation that you will require to work in the division. For the remainder of the year, you will attend case rounds every other week to discuss ongoing files with your division leaders and colleagues. Those who have already taken the credit course in UA do not have to attend any further training.

You will work with your division leaders and other UA 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.

This program is open to applicants in any year of study at the Faculty of Law.