French Youth Law Project

Project Summary

In collaboration with the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta (French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta), students on this project will deliver legal education presentations in French to students at Francophone or French immersion schools throughout Calgary on cyber-bullying and youth and the law. Additionally, students will research legal information relevant to Francophone and French immersion students, including driving in Alberta and workplace standards.

“Working with the AJEFA was a great experience. Being on the French Youth Law Project was an amazing opportunity to reach Francophone students about the law, while giving me a great chance to practice my French.”

Rob Sandall, 2L
Student Volunteer, 2019-2020

Number of Students and Prerequisites

– 2 student volunteers
– Must be sufficiently comfortable speaking, reading, and writing in French
– Experience with public speaking and conducting presentations is an asset

Area of Law

– Criminal Law
– Youth Law
– Employment Law

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Public speaking skills
– French legal terminology
– Legal research and writing

Project Type

Public Legal Education Project

Timeline and Time Commitment

Student volunteers will be expected to deliver 1-2 presentations per month from October 2020 – March 2021 (excluding December). Presentations are approximately 1 hr in duration, and will be delivered remotely over Zoom. AJEFA will coordinate presentation dates/times with the school in accordance with the law students’ schedules.

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 the training provided by AJEFA, 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?

Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.