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Faculty of Law expands clinical options for experiential learning

Starting this fall, third-year law students at Robson Hall have their pick of an expanded number of experiential learning, or clinical courses. Out of approximately 100 students coming into their final year of the University of Manitoba’s Juris Doctor program, over half applied for an externship opportunity to get a chance to roll up their sleeves and do some work helping clients with legal matters or seeing first-hand how law works in practice.

Six externships plus the new Rights Clinic and the continuing Public Interest Law Centre (PILC) clinic were open for applications this summer. The externships include:

Legal Help Centre
University of Manitoba Community Law Centre (UMCLC)
Manitoba Law Reform Commission
Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic
Cochrane Saxberg Indigenous Community Clinic
RobsonCrim Attorney General Externship
Clerkships with the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and the Manitoba Court of Appeal are also staples of hands-on for-credit opportunities available to third-year law students.

The Legal Help Centre, UMCLC, the Manitoba Law Reform Commission and the Vickar Business Law Clinic are mainstays that have been providing law students with experiential learning opportunities for years, collectively. This year, the Faculty of Law celebrates a 50-year partnership with Legal Aid Manitoba in running the UMCLC, in addition to implementing a new expansion of services that will see students now helping with a wider range of files.

As with other clinics, the new Cochrane Saxberg Indigenous Community Clinic will provide hands-on opportunities for students to interview clients, provide counsel, develop and manage client files, and conduct qualitative research. Students will especially have an opportunity to learn theory about decolonizing and Indigenizing law, and integrate these principles into the practice of law.

The Robson Crim Attorney General externship will see law students placed with the Manitoba Department of Justice’s Crown Law Analysis and Development department. Students will work directly with legal counsel and policy analysts at the branch to help with related legal research, cross-jurisdiction analysis and policy development.

With the growing number of clinics and engaged students, the Faculty has appointed Associate Professor David Ireland as Director of Clinics. He will be working with a team that includes Assistant Professor Brandon Trask (clinical professor), Senior Instructor Elizabeth McCandless (clinical instructor), and Senior Instructor Dr. Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich (clinical instructor), along with staff members Marc Kruse (Indigenous Legal Studies Coordinator) and Trina McFadyen (Director of Professional Development).

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