Public Interest Articling Fellowship
The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) created the Public Interest Articling Fellowships Program to respond to:
- The public interest community’s growing need for assistance; and
- A desire among law students to gain experience in public interest law.
The LFO makes a substantial contribution to public interest law in Ontario through this program as many organizations simply do not have enough funding to host articling students.
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) administers the program on behalf of the LFO. Students article on a full-time basis for a ten-month period. The program is open to students from every law school in Canada. Participating organizations have included: Amnesty International (www.amnesty.ca) Innoncence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted) (www.aidwyc.org) Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (www.schliferclinic.com) Canadian Civil Liberties Association (ccla.org) Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (www.cippic.ca) Ecojustice (www.ecojustice.ca) Public Interest Advocacy Centre (www.piac.ca).
PBSC administers the PIAF program, but does not accept PIAF applications. Application information available here.