French Legal Research Project

Project Summary

In collaboration with the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta), the student on this project will assess and create an inventory of the legal information resources available in French and English in Alberta and identify areas where there is little to no information available in French. The student will work with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer to identify legal questions pertinent to the French-speaking community of Alberta (i.e. French-language legal rights in Alberta) and select a legal resource that requires French translation and produce the necessary French legal information resource. The student on this project has the opportunity to forge connections through working closely with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer, which provides for a long-term professional network.

Number of Students and Prerequisites

– 1 student
– First year students are encouraged to apply
– Must be sufficiently comfortable reading, writing, translating, and drafting documents in French.

Area of Law

This project covers various areas depending on the need for legal French language resources.

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Legal research and writing
– French legal terminology

Project Type

Legal Research and Writing Project

Timeline and Time Commitment

Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.

Required Training

All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.

In addition to AJEFA’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training

Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.

How to Apply?

The application deadline is September 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM (MDT). Students are encouraged to apply early as volunteers are selected on a rolling basis.

Fill out a short application by following the link below.