CLASP is Osgoode’s on-site student legal aid clinic. At CLASP, students work with real clients from the community in a variety of roles – from the initial intake interviews, to researching and preparing a file for trial, to representing clients in court or at a tribunal. CLASP enables students to get a true taste of what it’s like to practise law.
From the very first week of law school, first-year students are able to get involved with CLASP by signing-up to be a volunteer. Second and third-year students apply to Division Leaders in one of the three legal divisions: Administrative, Criminal, or Immigration. In addition to their file work, Division Leaders also participate in law reform and public legal education initiatives. Please see the CLASP website in order to learn more about the important work CLASP does and to learn more about volunteering at the clinic.
Division Leaders work full-time over the summer. They receive intensive training and oversee the clinic’s summer operation. During the academic year, Division Leaders work part-time in the clinic for academic credit. In addition to their regular clinic responsibilities, Division Leaders also train and supervise first-year volunteers. As part of the clinical program, all Division Leaders participate in a weekly academic seminar.