Free legal help a win-win: Non-profits, law students and mentors benefit
WHAT: The Business Law Clinical Internship course is part of the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic (Vickar Law Clinic) initiative at the U of M’s Robson Hall.
HOW IT WORKS: The internship pairs Faculty of Law students with lawyers from participating Winnipeg firms to provide legal help to non-profit organizations who otherwise wouldn’t have access. Students gain valuable experience while lawyers have an opportunity to do meaningful pro bono work and take on a mentorship role. Under the supervision of the practising lawyers at Pitblado, students helped Winnipeg Harvest set up a community newspaper and assisted with a gap analysis for a non-profit science and technology business incubator, among other things.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: “While the students are providing a valuable service to non-profit organizations, the business law skills they gain are transferable to private practice. It’s a win-win,” says John Pozios, director of the L. Kerry Vickar Law Clinic and the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law.
FUNDER: L. Kerry Vickar