Providing free legal information and representation to the low income community since 1969.
About Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low income individuals with legal issues in the Edmonton area. Each year, over 250 students from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law volunteer with SLS.
SLS is divided into four different projects:
- The Civil and Family Law Project. This project offers assistance with landlord/tenant matters, contracts, WCB/AISH/CPP/EI hearings, family law matters, uncontested divorces, and more.
- The Criminal Law Project. This project provides basic criminal law information and represents individuals charged with relatively minor criminal and quasi-criminal offences.
- The Legal Education and Reform Project. This project offers community lectures and outreach programs, and researches poverty-related law reform issues.
- Pro Bono Students Canada. The local chapter of this Canada-wide student group conducts legal research for non-profit organizations.
Student Legal Services has a long and distinguished history, and has been helping low-income individuals since 1969. We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of students and volunteers from the Edmonton legal community. Our projects are managed by a Management Committee made up of law students.
We gratefully acknowledge the funding we receive from our major sponsors:
- The Alberta Law Foundation (ALF)
- The University of Alberta Students' Union (through a small fee levied on all University of Alberta undergraduate students)
- Government of Alberta
- Government of Canada
Our mission is to enable University of Alberta law students to provide free legal information and assistance to the low income community in Edmonton and to contribute to legal reform and legal education efforts as they impact on poverty law issues.
- We believe that law students can provide legal information and assistance to individuals who otherwise would be unable to obtain assistance with legal problems.
- We believe that law students gain valuable experience by applying their education in assisting individuals with legal problems.
- We believe that law students must not attempt to do legal work that should be done by a lawyer.
Student Legal Services strives to provide:
- Committed volunteers who are well trained, properly supervised and fairly evaluated.
- A culture of sincere desire to help people who qualify for our services without passing judgement on the correctness of behavior or lifestyle.
- Accurate and up-to-date reference and research materials.
- Volunteers who contribute to the process of advocating changes to laws which impact on the low income community.
- New areas of service to the low income community.