Common Law students have the opportunity to pursue self-proposed internships during their studies at the University of Ottawa. These internships provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience and exposes them to a variety of practice areas and work environments. Internships can be completed during any term.
What kind of work can a law student do?
Students can undertake the following tasks during an internship:
• Legal research: case law and legislation (become familiar with search engines such as LexisNexis Quicklaw and CanLII).
• Legal writing, such as drafting letters, affidavits, short articles, memoranda and research papers, compiling information to create a guidebook, gathering information on specific topics for lawyers.
• Assist lawyers in preparing a client for a hearing.
• Assist lawyers with client intake and at times interview clients.
• General interaction with lawyers and clients.
• Attend proceedings conducted by lawyers in court or in a mediation (attend a hearing, a labour arbitration hearing, a case conference, etc.).
• Learn about procedural matters such as filing documents.
• Fill out forms (any paper work pertaining to client files).
• Demonstrate knowledge of lawyers professional responsibilities and further develop such knowledge.
• Take part in the small firm or sole practitioner's daily operations to gain greater knowledge of its particularities.
• Attend workshops offered by the firm or to the lawyers of the firm.
More information about Student Proposed Internships can be found here and here.
If you have a work opportunity for students or alumni that you would like to advertise in the uOttawa common law jobs database, please click here to fill out the Job Posting form.