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Becoming a Client

HOW DO YOU BECOME A CLIENT?

We accept requests and referrals to work with and/or for individuals, community organizations, non-governmental organizations, and law reform groups.

You may email us at pilc@ucalgary.ca to receive an application for the Public Interest Law Clinic's assistance with your case or project. In that email, please tell us:

  1. Your name
  2. The best way to contact you
  3. The legal issue with which you would like us to help you
  4. The other persons or organizations involved on your side or the other side of the issue.

WHAT WILL THE CLINIC DO AFTER YOU APPLY?

Our first step is to make sure there is no conflict between an existing clinic file and your proposed file. If there is not, the Executive Director will ask one of the clinic students to meet with you. During that meeting, the student will ask you:

  1. To describe in detail the facts which created the problem
  2. To review all the photos, letters and other documents you have that are related to the problem (please bring them with you to the first meeting)
  3. How you would like the clinic to help you
  4. Whether you have spoken to any other lawyers or clinics
  5. Whether others are facing the problem you describe
  6. For permission to discuss your information with the Executive Director and the other lawyers and students who work in the clinic (all of whom will keep your information confidential).

The student will report this information to the Executive Director, who will consider:

  1. Whether your request for assistance is consistent with the clinic’s vision and mission
  2. Whether a project to help resolve your issue comes within the clinic’s objectives
  3. Whether the project would conflict with other work the clinic is doing
  4. Whether the clinic has capacity to take your case.

If your request meets these initial requirements, the Executive Director will ask the student to present a project to help resolve your problem to the Advisory Committee and ask for its approval. We will tell you whether we decide to present your project to the Committee, and ask for your permission to share your information with the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee meets four times a year (but can schedule an additional meeting to consider a time sensitive problem). We will also tell you if we decide not to present your project to the Committee.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU BECOME A CLIENT?

We will sign an agreement with you that describes what kind of work we will do for you, identifies the lawyers and students who will work on your project, and outlines other important matters, such as who is responsible to pay any costs we incur and what events may end our relationship.

After we both sign the agreement, we will report to you regularly about what we are doing and how the file is moving forward.

Contact Us

Public Interest Law Clinic
403.220.4814
pilc@ucalgary.ca
www.twitter.com/ucalgaryclinic

University of Calgary
Faculty of Law
www.law.ucalgary.ca