Ontario's community legal clinics provide information, advice, and representation on various legal issues, including social assistance, housing, refugee and immigration law, employment law, human rights, workers' compensation, and the Canada Pension Plan. Some legal clinics do not handle all of these issues, but staff may be able to refer you to someone who can help. Community legal clinics are staffed by lawyers, community legal workers, and sometimes law students. All help is private and confidential and provided free of charge.

Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS), funded by LAO, operate out of Ontario's seven law schools and are listed below. With the supervision of full time lawyers, volunteer law students provide legal advice and represent clients in cases such as:

  • minor crimes
  • landlord and tenant
  • immigration
  • tribunals, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission

To find out more about general service community legal clinics and specialty clinics, see:

Community legal clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario. To find out more about Legal Aid Ontario's other services see: Services by type - Legal Aid Ontario Services.

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Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP)

Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) provides free legal services to low-income residents of Toronto and to York University students. CLASP also provides free legal services to low-...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
416-736-5029
Website:
http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/community-clinics/welcome-community-legal-aid-servic...

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid provides free legal services to University of Windsor students and low-income people in the Windsor-Essex area. Services are provided by law students supervised by...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
519-253-7150
Website:
http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/legalaid/

Community Legal Services, Western University

Community Legal Services, Western University provides free legal services to low-income residents of London and to Fanshawe College and Western students. Services are provided by law students...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
519-661-3352
Website:
http://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/

Downtown Legal Services

Downtown Legal Services (DLS) is a community legal clinic operated by the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. It offers free legal services to low-income residents of Toronto and to...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
Main line: 416 934 4535; Intake line: 416 978 6447
Website:
http://dls.sa.utoronto.ca/

Lakehead Student Legal Aid Clinic (LLS)

Lakehead University's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has developed a Student Legal Aid Clinic called Lakehead University Community Legal Services (LUCLS). The clinic provides legal services to...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
807-346-7815
Website:
https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/law/clinic

Osgoode Mediation Centre (OMC)

The Osgoode Mediation Centre (OMC) is comprised of law students from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. They provide a range of services including conflict resolution education and training;...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
416-736-5104
Website:
https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/community-clinics/osgoode-mediation-clinic/

Queen's Prison Law Clinic (QPLC)

The Queen's Prison Law Clinic provides legal advice, assistance, and representation in matters relating to prison and parole in Kingston-area penitentiaries and Warkworth Institution. Legal services...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services, Legal Clinics - General Service, Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/prison/

Queen’s Law Clinics

Queen’s Law Clinics provide free legal services to low-income residents of Kingston, Napanee, southern Frontenac County and southern Lennox and Addington County, as well as Queen's University...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/queenslegalaid/

Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS)

Ontario's community legal clinics provide information, advice, and representation on various legal issues, including social assistance, housing, refugee and immigration law, employment law, human...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=slass

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de l'Université d'Ottawa

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to undergraduate students of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and low-income residents of the Ottawa area....
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
613-562-5600
Website:
http://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/community-legal-clinic/