Volunteering with Student Legal Services

All Student Legal Services volunteers are enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. Student Legal Services provides volunteers with the opportunity to both enhance their legal education and make a positive contribution to the community by helping your fellow U of A students and people living in poverty.


Some examples of what your SLS experience may include are:

  • Running a trial in Provincial Court.
  • Attending a drop-in centre or homeless shelter on a regular basis, and answering legal questions.
  • Working with a lawyer on a research project for a non-profit organization.
  • Assisting someone in filling out the required documents to obtain a divorce.
  • Appearing before an administrative tribunal such as the Worker's Compensation Board.
  • Launching a suit in small claims court to assist someone in retaining their security deposit.
  • Applying the knowledge and skills that you learn in law school to answer questions for individuals who phone or walk-in to our office, or for those that you encounter in the community.


Volunteer recruitment is in September of every year. At that time, you may attend our various information sessions to meet us and learn more about our various projects. You may then sign up for one or more of them by downloading and filling out an application form and submitting it to reception at Emily Murphy House. (If you miss the September recruitment period, some projects might still be able to find a spot for you later in the year. But since our training takes place in September, you should apply then if you are interested in volunteering.)

If you can commit to at least two hours of volunteering every second week, we would love for you to join the organization. Without our dedicated volunteers, Student Legal Services could not exist.


If you have any further questions regarding volunteering, please contact one of the project coordinators. You can reach the coordinators by calling our administration office at (780)-492-2226. Or just drop in to Emily Murphy House and ask when the coordinators hold office hours, and talk to a coordinator then.