Articling student: 2018/2019

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS)

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS) is a community legal clinic, funded by Legal Aid Ontario, providing legal assistance to low income persons in the area bounded by Ossington Avenue, Yonge Street, Bloor Street and south to Lake Ontario. Legal services include providing summary advice, representation and assistance, as well as referrals on non-legal matters of concern to clients. The Clinic also conducts community outreach, provides community education, and organizes law reform activities.

KBCLS is looking for an articling student to provide advice and representation in the areas of poverty law, including Immigration, Social Assistance, Housing law, Employment and other areas of law. The senior lawyer in the Clinic will be the principal, but the student will be supervised by all three Clinic lawyers. The student will also engage in public legal education and community development activities.

Job requirements:

  • LL.B or JD degree;
  • Eligibility to participate in the articling process for the 2018/2019 terms;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent judgement and problem solving ability;
  • Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • Relevant experience in poverty law and advocacy skills;
  • Proven ability to work independently and within a team-based environment;
  • Advance computer skills; and
  • Such other articling student eligibility requirements as required by the Law Society of Ontario.

Favourable consideration will be given for the following:

  • SLASS experience while at law school;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice; and
  • Fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese.

Terms of employment:

This is a full-time position for 10 months commencing August 2018. The salary for this position is $48,000 per annum, pro-rated to 10 months.


Applications must include the following only (no transcripts):

  • a cover letter outlining relevant experience and/or interest in the field of social justice;
  • a resume; and
  • two references, one of which should be academic.

Please submit the above in PDF format to Lee Tenenhouse by email at – the subject line should read "Articling Student". Applications must be received no later than 5:00pm, Friday, July 6, 2018. No telephone calls please.

KBCLS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and we welcome applications from people who are reflective of our diverse community. We also welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.