Student Legal Services History - 1960s

1969

Student Legal Services was created in 1969 by a group of fourteen University of Alberta law students who were inspired by the student legal assistance clinics emerging at law schools throughout Canada and the U.S. It officially opened on May 1 of that year at the Boyle Street Community Services Cooperative and the Edmonton Day Center. The objectives of the project were to increase awareness of legal rights, provide actual legal assistance where possible, and to inform the diverse community living on Boyle Street of the resources that were available to them. In the first four months, SLS handled over 100 cases ranging from criminal matters to welfare disputes and tenancy problems. In the meantime, SLS workers were also assisting inmates at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre with their Legal Aid applications. By 1970, offices had been set up in the Student’s Union Building (SUB), the Legal Aid office, and the Norwood Readiness Centre.