— How It Works
Volunteering for LAWS is a great way for law students to develop important professional skills, create meaningful relationships with youth, and make a positive and lasting contribution to the community. There are a number of ways for law students to participate in LAWS, with time commitments varying by activity. Law students are trained in advance and fully supported, and no previous experience working with youth is required. A LAWS staff member will be present at most activities to provide on-site support and guidance. Law students participate in LAWS by:
- Tutoring and mentoring LAWS high school students
- Developing and facilitating in-class workshops on legal themes
- Coaching Mock Trial and Model United Nations teams
- Accompanying students on field trips to courthouses and legal organizations
- Supporting LAWS programs such as the Law Firm Mentoring Program and the Court Experience Program
- Delivering conference sessions
- Working for LAWS during the school year or over the summer break
“Volunteering for LAWS has been a very rewarding experience! I have developed lasting mentoring relationships with students, helped them navigate their academic experience and guided them through career choices. LAWS has been a valuable opportunity to learn from students’ life experiences and give back to our community in a real and direct way.”
Kenda Shaheen, 2L Student
— Take the Next Steps
We recruit the majority of our law student volunteers at the beginning of the school year. If you are interested in volunteering please email the Program Manager at your law school.
I am interested in volunteering for LAWS, but am not sure how much time I can commit. Can I still volunteer?
Absolutely! Volunteer involvement and time commitments vary depending on law student availability and the specific volunteer position. If you have any concerns contact the Program Manager at your law school.
Of course! No previous experience working with youth is necessary. We only require that you are committed to our youth and excited about the opportunity to volunteer for LAWS.
I have an interest in a particular area of law and an idea for a possible workshop. Can I create and deliver my own workshop?
We always welcome law student ideas for new resource development. Please contact the Program Manager at your law school to discuss your idea and explore potential ways to incorporate it in our program.
At this stage we do all our law student volunteer recruitment at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. If you are interested in being involved, contact us.
— Get In Touch
If you have any questions about volunteering, or other opportunities with LAWS, please contact the Program Manager at your law school.