About the Criminal Law Project

The Criminal Law Project assists people who have been charged with an offence, but who do not qualify for Legal Aid, and who cannot afford a lawyer.


A volunteer from the Criminal Law Project may be able to assist you in court if you meet our eligibility criteria.


This website has basic legal information on a number of criminal law-related topics. Please see the links to the left for a list of topics. We also provide criminal law information over the phone.


The Criminal Law Project has been a part of Student Legal Services since 1969, and has helped thousands of people in the Edmonton area who have been charged with criminal and regulatory offences. The project operates from two locations: on the University of Alberta campus, and the Anderson Dawson Building, located in downtown Edmonton. Please note that from May - August the Criminal Law Project operates solely out of its downtown location.


Law student caseworkers act as agents for individuals in the Provincial Court of Alberta. Our volunteers can appear in docket court, run trials, help individuals plead guilty (speak to sentence), request adournments, and assist with applications to the Alternative Measures Program.


All of our caseworkers act under the supervision of our advising lawyers.


Over 100 law students volunteer with the Criminal Law Project every year, and we open approximately 500 files annually.


If you have been charged with an offence under the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act the Criminal Law project may be able to help. Please contact us by phone for more information.