Family Law Duty Counsel Project

Project Summary

Students assist Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Duty Counsel at the Court of Queen’s Bench with self-represented family law litigants. Students assist by conducting client intakes, performing triage, and explaining basic court procedure in a concise and effective manner. Following intake, students are able to accompany Duty Counsel to court and observe the lawyer while matters are being heard in morning chambers.

Number of students
and prerequisites

– 8 upper year students
– 2 first year students
– No prerequisites required

Area of Law

– Family Law
– Court Procedure

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Client interviewing skills

Project Type

Court-based Project

Project Timeline

This project requires students’ sign up for one 3-5 hour shift twice per month at the Calgary Court Centre.

Shifts are available Monday to Friday starting at 8:15am and completing at the end of morning chambers (average end time is between 12:30pm and 2pm).

Project-specific training sessions: September
End of project shifts: March