How to apply


Public Interest Articling Fellowship program


The Law Foundation of Ontario invites prospective host organizations to apply to the Public Interest Articling Fellowship program for the 2019-20 articling year, with the possibility of renewal.

The Public Interest Articling Fellowship (PIAF) responds to a significant need for legal assistance within the public interest community while giving law students valuable experience in public interest law. Host organizations hire a student for a 10-month articling period through the articling application process governed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The PIAF covers the articling student’s salary and benefits and includes reimbursement of the lawyer licensing process fees. An amount will also be available to the host organization for out-of-pocket expenses that are required to host an articling student, such as purchasing a computer, purchasing an online legal research account, continuing legal education courses, and pre-approved work-related travel for the fellow.


To be eligible, the host organization must:

  • Be Ontario-based and provide benefit to the people of Ontario
  • Be a nonprofit or registered charity
  • Have an on-site articling principal
  • Have legal work that is suitable for an articling student
  • Not have access to funds to hire an articling student

Note: Legal Aid Ontario-supported legal aid clinics are not eligible to apply

How and when to apply

  1. Download the application form here
  2. Submit application by email to by October 31, 2017

If you have questions, please contact Alida DeLorenzi, Grants Officer, The Law Foundation of Ontario at 647-288-8068 or


Pro Bono Students Canada logoThe Public Interest Articling Fellowship program is administered in partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada.