Youth Law Project

Project Summary

Youth Law at The Alex offers legal advice, information, representation, referrals, and services to children and youth aged 19 and under. Student volunteers on this project will have an opportunity to participate in legal research related to youth law, public legal information workshops in Calgary schools on the topic of youth legal rights and responsibilities, and client intake and observation sessions at the Louise Dean School.

Legal Research – 50%

Volunteers will assist the supervising lawyer with legal research and drafting for on-going youth law court cases.

Public Legal Information Workshops – 15%

Students will accompany the supervising lawyer to schools within Calgary to conduct workshops on the legal rights and responsibilities of youth. Presentation topics include landlord/tenant rights and obligations, emergency protection orders, independent living, etc.

Client Intake &
Observation – 30%

The Alex partners with the Louise Dean School, a specialized grade 9 – 12 education program for pregnant and parenting teens. Lawyers at The Alex assist students with legal concerns related to parenting/guardianship, child support, wills, independent living, and landlord/tenant disputes. Students will gain knowledge on how to effectively gather information from youth clients and provide them with easier to understand legal information.

Court Observation – 5%

Student volunteers will have an opportunity to observe the supervising lawyer advocate for youth at the Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench on a case-by-case basis

Number of students
and prerequisites

– 2-4 students
– No prerequisites required

Area of Law

– Youth Law
– Family Law
– Court Procedure

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Legal research and writing
– Client interviewing
– Public speaking skills

Project Type

Legal Research and Writing, Public Legal Information, and Client Assistance Project

Project Timeline

The student volunteer on this project is expected to work on this legal research and writing during October to March (excluding December).
Client intake sessions will be conducted once per week and will alternate between Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (primarily in the afternoon). Student volunteers are welcome to attend the sessions as often as they are available.

– Project-specific training: September
– Public Legal Education Workshop 1: November (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
– Public Legal Education Workshop 2: January (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
– Public Legal Education Workshop 3: March (12:30pm – 1:30pm)