LAW STUDENTS LEGAL ADVICE PROGRAM (LSLAP)
Established by UBC law students in 1969, this non-profit provides free legal services for people who can’t afford other legal assistance. LSLAP is student-run, but formally governed by a board of lawyers and professionals. The clinic offers a wide variety of services such as drafting legal documents, offering case-by-case representation as well as immigration and employment legal disputes. You can find more information about services at lslap.bc.ca.
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC (ICLC)
Located in the Downtown Eastside, the ICLC is a pro bono and educational clinic run by Allard Law students and provides free legal representation to the self-identified Indigenous community. The ICLC takes cases under the jurisdiction of BC provincial courts and does not offer full representation in Supreme Court cases. Learn more at allard.ubc.ca/community-clinics/indigenous-community-legal-clinic.
RICHARDS BUELL SUTTON LLP BUSINESS LAW CLINIC
Supported by the Richards Buell Sutton LLP, the Business Law Clinic is another Allard Law support clinics backed by practicing lawyers and law school students. The clinic provides an opportunity for students to apply develop legal skills while offering business-oriented legal advice to small businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals who cannot afford legal support. Services include answering legal questions, reviewing contracts and leases and drafting legal documents like privacy policies, corporate bylaws, confidentiality agreements and offers of employment.
STUDENT LEGAL FUND SOCIETY (SLFS)
The SLFS is a non-profit organization run by a board of annually elected students to support litigation and advocacy at UBC. Funded through a $1 annual student fee, the SLFS has historically held information sessions about tenancy rights and funded select legal cases reviewed by legal professionals. The organization has been less active in recent years, but this year’s Board has said they’d change that.
AMS ADVOCACY OFFICE
Although the AMS Advocacy Ofice does not provide legal advice, it offers s a wide range of confidential support for students in formal conflict with the university. Students accused of academic and non-academic misconduct and with violations of the Residence Contract can get support from AMS Advocacy. Its website, ams.ubc.ca/support-services/student-services/advocacy, offers digital resources for grade appeals, failed standings, missed examinations and co-op disputes. The office aims to provide a space for students to discuss investigative and disciplinary appeals with the university, potential strategy actions and get feedback on written appeals.