Staff lawyer

Scarborough Community Legal Services

SCLS is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide clinic law services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community. Our work includes individual case work, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities mainly in the areas of tenants’ rights, income maintenance law, immigration law, and workers’ rights.

We are looking for an enthusiastic staff lawyer to lead our immigration team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Work

  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework for all immigration law matters.
  • Provide summary advice, brief services and casework in other areas of clinic law as required, and may include work in the areas of social assistance law or housing law
  • Collaborate with the legal team on the management and conduct of cases through informal discussions and/or formal case conferences

Law Reform & Community Organizing

  • Conduct and support law reform initiatives and community development activities regarding immigration issues in collaboration with the Executive Director and legal team
  • Represent the clinic to community groups by providing resources and expertise on immigration law issues
  • Write and present briefs to various levels of government on immigration law issues in collaboration with the Executive Director and legal team.

Public Legal Education (“PLE”)

  • Speak to community agencies and community members on immigration law issues, clinic services, and other topics within expertise
  • Write, edit, and review clinic produced PLE materials on immigration law issues, clinic services, and other topics within expertise


  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Share in administrative tasks related to the immigration team and clinic as required
  • Participate in planning process with Board and staff to set goals and objectives for the annual funding application
  • Perform most clerical/secretarial work for own practice

Qualifications and Experience

  • You must be a lawyer in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada with 3 to 7 years of experience practicing immigration law.
  • You must have a sound knowledge of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its regulations, the Citizenship Act, and the immigration and refugee-related provisions of the Criminal Code.
  • Experience litigating matters before the Immigration and Refugee Board, Refugee Appeals Division, and/or Federal Court is an asset.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and working for positive social change on issues that affect low income individuals and groups, particularly in the area of immigration.
  • You have the strong communication and interpersonal skills that are needed to address the needs of clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • You have a collaborative work approach and the ability to work well in a team based environment.
  • Knowledge in other areas of clinic law and the ability to speak a second language are assets.

Terms of Employment

This is a permanent full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and the compensation package includes a comprehensive health and dental benefits package and 5.5% contribution to an RRSP fund.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to Barbara Millar by email at using the subject line “Immigration Lawyer Position” only, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Hiring Committee
Scarborough Community Legal Services,
695 Markham Rd., Suite 9
Toronto, ON M1H 2A5

SCLS welcomes 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.