From the first day at Osgoode, students have the opportunity to get engaged with the community. Whether their interests lie in providing legal services to the local community surrounding Osgoode or providing legal services to communities in remote regions of the globe there are opportunities for everyone to get involved!
Many of the programs that immerse our students in experiential learning in the community qualify for OPIR hours, including the ones at the following link. All Osgoode Clinics and Intensive Programs, with the exception of ABLW II & II and certain placements within the Business Law Intensive, qualify for OPIR.
International Legal Partnership (ILP)
ILP is a student-directed organization at Osgoode Hall Law School. The ILP’s mission is to provide public interest legal research and assistance for the Global South. With the guidance of faculty, alumni and the legal community, ILP strives to create opportunities for students to experience practical global legal education in a manner that is mutually beneficial for students and partner organizations dealing with legal issues relevant to the Global South.
JCAP is an initiative of volunteer lawyers, and is a transnational, collaborative, community-based legal clinic. JCAP assists in holding corporations and states to account by offering legal knowledge to communities that are negatively affected by natural resource extraction. Under the direction of Professor Shin Imai of Osgoode Hall Law School, JCAP offers law students the opportunity to provide legal services and research to communities in the Americas and for international human rights and not-for-profit organizations.
LAWS is an innovative partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Toronto District School Board designed to deliver an education program with the goal of supporting, guiding and motivating high school students. LAWS programming is delivered in collaboration with more than 45 TDSB principals, teachers and guidance counselors, and over 350 justice sector volunteers including law students, judges, professors, lawyers and other legal professionals.
PBSC provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need in Canada. PBSC is the only national law student program in Canada and the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. PBSC has a chapter at every law school in Canada, and offers students a diversity of projects spanning a wide array of legal practice areas and types of legal work. By exposing law students to the value of pro bono service, PBSC aims to encourage the next generation of lawyers to make pro bono service an everyday part of their practice.
The Innovation Clinic is a needs-based innovation-to-market intellectual property (IP) legal clinic operated in collaboration with Innovation York and supervising law firms Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Bereskin & Parr LLP. The Clinic is staffed by student volunteers (called “Clinic Fellows”) from Osgoode Hall Law School who are supervised by lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Bereskin & Parr LLP.
Osgoode Venture Capital Clinical Project (OVC)
The OVC provides legal services to early stage entrepreneurial ventures in the financing and equity structuring stages of growth. Osgoode students work directly with lawyers from Wildeboer Dellelce LLP advising on legal tasks such as incorporations, corporate structuring/restructuring, drafting agreements, development of financing strategies, and various other tasks associated with early-stage business ventures.
All of these programs have been approved for OPIR hours.