Become a Public Interest Partner

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Members of the bar are invited to become public interest partners with Osgoode Hall Law School. The Osgoode Public Interest Requirement (40 hours of uncompensated, law-related public interest work) is an excellent opportunity for members of the bar to enhance their capacity, participate in practical legal education, serve as role models and introduce law students to the challenges that arise in practice.

What files or projects would qualify?

  • Legal aid matters
  • Test case litigation
  • Pro Bono services
  • Access to justice, public legal education or policy work

What are the time requirements?

Placements can be tailor-made.  They need not occupy 40 hours; they may be either for shorter or longer periods.  One or more students may be placed with the organization. Osgoode will work with you to screen potential candidates to ensure the best possible fit.

Is there any cost?

No. Students are required to work on an uncompensated basis. Where space is an issue and where the project needs are appropriate, students may provide services off-site.

How do I become a Public Interest Partner?

Complete the OPIR Information Sheet  then email it directly to the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement Office at opiradmin@osgoode.yorku.ca

Should you require further information please call 416-736-5138.