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Student Opportunities

Students are an integral part of the work we do at Innocence Canada. We are proud to facilitate a variety of in-person and virtual opportunities for students across the country. Students working at Innocence Canada can expect to gain hands-on casework experience as well as benefit from specialized educational programming on wrongful convictions.

Available Opportunities

Innocence Canada is hires one articling student per year through the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program. Note that Innocence Canada follows the Toronto articling recruit timeline and guidelines as set out by the Law Society of Ontario.

Innocence Canada articling students assist in reviewing claims of wrongful conviction and, where applicable, in preparing for the litigation of those claims. This work includes managing case files, preparing legal research, and working collaboratively with Innocence Canada staff and pro-bono lawyers in the development of strategies for pursuing claims of wrongful conviction.

Our articling Student for the 2023-2024 articling term is Chantal Laroque.

Our articling student for the 2024-2025 articling term is Alicia Sanchez.

Please check back in the summer of 2024 for Articling Opportunities.

ur summer fellowships are open to law students across Canada. We currently offer two types of fellowships:

  1. Casework fellowship: students work solely on casework (ie. assisting with 696.1 applications, evidence review, etc) under the supervision of our Legal Director. This fellowship is hybrid and based out of Toronto.
  2. Public legal education fellowship: students work on educational initiatives under the supervision of our Director of Education. This fellowship is remote and open to students across the country.

For more information please reach out to our Director of Education, Pam Glatt,

Summer Fellowships for 2024 are currently closed.

We currently run two externships programs – one with Osgoode’s Innocence Project and one with the University of Toronto. Our externships are 8 months in length (a full academic year), and the workload ranges from 3-5 hours per week. Throughout their externships, students engage in casework (ie. assisting with 696.1 applications, evidence review, etc) as well as attend educational programming on wrongful convictions (ie. guest speakers such as exonerees).