How to Apply

Call for Host Organizations

The Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship Offered in Partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada


NOTE: The call for host organizations to apply for the Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program 2016-17 articling period closed October 31, 2014, at 5 p.m.

The Public Interest Articling Fellowship was conceived to meet a significant need for legal assistance within the public interest community while giving law students valuable experience in public interest law.

The Foundation will fund up to six 2016-17 Articling Fellowships. The selected organizations will hire a student for a 10-month articling period through the articling application process governed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Fellowship covers the articling student’s salary and benefits and reimbursement of the LSUC 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 conferences, and 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 not-for-profit or registered charity
  • Have an on-site Articling Principal
  • Not have access to funds to hire an articling student

Note that LAO-supported legal aid clinics are not eligible to apply.

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), with its extensive experience working with public interest organizations and law students, will continue to help administer the program.

See the application form for the 2016-17 Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program.

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