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Student Legal Services of Edmonton

Angus Cheung (3L)

Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals in Edmonton and the surrounding area understand their legal issues and solve their legal problems. For over 45 years, students from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law have volunteered with SLS in our four projects.

The Civil and Family Law Project: This clinical project offers assistance with landlord/tenant matters, contracts, WCB/AISH/CPP/EI hearings, family law matters, uncontested divorces, and more. The clinic operates out of the Emily Murphy House on campus, as both a call-in information centre as well as case management office. Volunteers commit to serving one shift every two weeks in addition to any case work or court appearances required on their files.

The Criminal Law Project: This project provides basic criminal law information and advocacy for individuals charged with minor criminal and quasi-criminal offences in the Provincial Court of Alberta and Traffic/Bylaw Court. Operating out of our downtown office, volunteers commit to serving one shift every two weeks in addition to any case work or court appearances required on their files. 

The Legal Education and Reform Project: This project offers community lectures and outreach programs, and researches poverty-related law reform issues. Its mandate is to provide legal information to the general public in a way that makes the legal system more accessible and serves the needs of the low income community in a holistic manner.

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC): The local chapter of this Canada-wide student group conducts legal research for non-profit organizations. This project also operates the Civil Claims Duty Counsel (CCDC), a drop-in legal clinic, located in the Provincial Court, organized in partnership with Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). CCDC provides summary legal advice and other assistance, free of charge, to litigants and the public on their small claims matters, assisting over one-hundred people every month. PBSC has recently started operating a pilot human rights casework project. Created in partnership with the Alberta Human Rights Commission and under careful supervision by volunteer lawyers, students assist qualified applicants with their matters in Commission.

SLS offers a variety of opportunities for law students to gain practical experience working with legal issues for the low-income community. We are one of the largest organizations of its kind in North America and proudly student-run. Around 300 students from the Faculty of Law contribute their time and efforts to our cause during the academic year, and 26 students are hired to operate SLS full time in the summer.

For more information, please visit our booth on Clubs Day; come to our Wine & Cheese at 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 9 at the Gavel, or visit our website at www.slsedmonton.com.