Becoming a Client
In order to operate effectively and strategically, the clinic operates on a project basis – projects are selected in advance by the clinic’s advisory committee and then clients are accepted only if their file fits within the objective of an existing project. The clinic operates exclusively on a referral basis, and identifies potential files through outreach from the legal community, academic community, and civil society organizations.
If you are a member of the legal community considering referral, our mandate requires us to select projects that:
- Address systemic issues,
- Affect the disadvantaged or the environment, and
- Strengthen access to justice
The clinic only provides client representation on files that are able to advance the objectives of an existing clinic project and meet all of the following criteria:
- Litigation or law reform is a reasonable means of addressing the issue.
- The file could set an important precedent or generate legislative change on the public interest issue targeted by the project.
- The file is likely to succeed or is of high strategic importance.
- The Clinic has sufficient resources and expertise to effectively carry the file.
- The file will provide a useful learning opportunity for Law Clinic students.
If you are an individual litigant whose matter is relevant to one of our open projects, you are welcome to reach out. However, we cannot guarantee representation or timely responses to your queries. Contact with the clinic is not to be considered legal advice, and you remain responsible for all limitation periods in your matter. Please do not send us information without our prior agreement.
The clinic has limited resources and a specialized mandate, and consequently accepts a small number of files. The clinic is one of many initiatives aimed at access to justice and law reform in Alberta. This is a list of other resources that may be able to assist you.
- Student Legal Assistance
- Calgary Legal Guidance
- Legal Aid Society of Alberta
- Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre
- Ecojustice Calgary
- Environmental Law Centre (Alberta)
- Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
- Immigrant Services Calgary
The clinic was started with a large and generous donation from the Peacock Foundation. Long-term operation will require further funding. Send us an e-mail if you’re interested in making a donation. Contact Us