Queen’s Bench Amicus Project

Project Summary

In collaboration with Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), this project assists self-represented litigants (SRLs) with their civil claims in Calgary’s Queen’s Bench Masters and Justice Chambers. Volunteer lawyers act as amicus curiae and appear in morning chambers to assist SRLs. This project also includes a “storefront” afternoon shift where SRLs can receive summary legal information regarding civil matters. Students participate by providing assistance with triage, client intake, client evaluation, research, and completion of project documentation and court forms. Students can also assist with procedural matters in morning chambers, thereby having an opportunity to practice oral advocacy and provide legal or referral information.

Number of students
and prerequisites

– 16 upper year students
– No prerequisites required

Area of Law

– Civil Law
– Bankruptcy Law
– Real Estate Law
– Court Procedure

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Client interviewing skills
– Oral advocacy skills
– Public speaking skills

Project Type

Court-based Project

Project Timeline

Volunteers must attend a minimum of one bi-weekly 3.5 hour shift, but can volunteer for more. All shifts will be scheduled at the beginning of each semester so students have an opportunity to plan in advance.

Shifts are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in both the morning and afternoon.

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