Students enrolled in the Osgoode Business Clinic ("OBC"), under the supervision of lawyers at Stikeman Elliott LLP, work with individuals who are starting-up or operating their own small businesses and who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services. The clients are referred to the OBC by a local community agency. The OBC selects clients from the agency’s referrals at the start of the academic year, and provides legal services to those clients on an on-going basis from September to the end of March. The casework includes drafting contracts, employment agreements, and incorporation documents.
The OBC is staffed by upper year students who act as Senior Caseworkers and first year student volunteers who act as Junior Caseworkers. Senior Caseworkers train and supervise the work of the Junior Caseworkers. Senior Caswworkers participate in weekly seminars, three of which are hosted at Stikeman Elliott's offices in downtown Toronto. Only the Senior Caseworkers receive academic credit for their participation in the OBC.
Read more about the student experience here.
This is a 4 credit program which is runs throughout the fall and winter semesters. The credits are awarded on a credit/no credit basis.
There are no prerequisites for the program.