How to apply

Applications for the 2018 summer and fall program are due by June 4.

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and CV (as two documents) to in English or French. 

CVs should list three references including name, professional status, and telephone and email contact information. Ideally one is professional, one volunteer-related or academic, and one is a personal reference.

Note that only shortlisted candidates are contacted.

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To qualify, applicants must at minimum be graduates of Canadian law faculties. Qualified lawyers are accepted, though there is no preference for applicants to be qualified. Applicants must be at or below the age of 30, and must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must not have previously participated in an internship under the Canadian government's Youth Employment Strategy (YES Program), of which the YLIP is a part.

All placements require a strong basis in either English or French, depending in part on the clientele or location of the organization. Applications should include reference to competencies in either or both language and any other language. 

Applicants who meet these eligibility criteria will be assessed with a preference for those who have:

Demonstrated involvement in extra-curricular initiatives such as pro bono legal aid, advocacy, or public awareness-raising efforts so as to promote or improve access to justice in any way; and/or
some degree of practical legal experience and skills, with a genuine interest in working in or shifting toward the field of access to justice or human rights in Canada or abroad.

Applicants should outline relevant coursework and any relevant (current or prior) experience as well as subject areas of particular interest, if any. The selection process includes assessment of a range of criteria met by written applications, interviews and referee inputs.