FAQs for Organization Applying to Host Connecting Articling Fellowship Students

1)      What is the deadline for organizations to apply to The Law Foundation of Ontario for the Connecting Articling Fellowship program for 2015-16?

The deadline for organizations to apply for the Connecting Articling Fellowships was September 27, 2013. This deadline is necessary to ensure that host organizations have appropriate time to interview CAF students for the 2015-16 articling year.


2)      What are the Connecting Articling Fellowships?

The Connecting Articling Fellowships will fund articling positions for organizations providing legal information and services to linguistic minorities and residents of rural and remote communities.


3)      Why is the Law Foundation of Ontario funding Connecting Articling Fellowships?

In a report released in December 2008 commissioned by the Law Foundation of Ontario, entitled “Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services”, one recommendation was to fund articling fellowships to serve linguistic minorities and rural and remote communities. Since 2010, the CAF program has successfully increased access to justice for these target populations and encouraged students to continue serving those communities when they become lawyers.


4)      What organizations may apply for Connecting Articling Fellowships?

Legal Aid Ontario and community legal clinics may apply for the Fellowships. They may partner with a private lawyer if they are of the view that a shared articling rotation with the lawyer would enhance the student’s articling experience or better serve the needs of linguistic minorities or residents of rural and remote communities.


5)      Does it matter whether my organization has hosted a CAF in the past?

Applications are being accepted from any Community Legal Clinic or LAO office, regardless of whether it has previously hosted a CAF student.


6)      For the purposes of the Connecting Articling Fellowship program, what is a linguistic minority?

A linguistic minority is someone who does not speak English or French, including Deaf persons who use sign language.


7)      For the purpose of the Connecting Articling Fellowships, what is a rural or remote community?

The definition of rural and remote varies greatly and can consider various factors, such as population size, distance from urban centres and economic development. The LFO will consider the reasons that the applicant provides concerning how the CAF will serve residents of a rural or remote community.


8)      For which articling year are the Fellowships available?

Six CAFs will be available for the 2015-16 year. The continuation of the CAF program beyond that year is yet to be determined.


9)      What are the salary and benefits for the Fellowships?

The salary and benefits are the same as those provided by Legal Aid Ontario for its articling positions.


10)   Who decides which organizations receive the Fellowships?

The LFO decides, with the help of its Advisory Committee, which host organizations receive the Fellowships.


11)      Who will be on the Advisory Committee?

The members of the Advisory Committee will be chosen by the LFO. They will be members of the legal profession and persons with expertise in the legal needs of linguistic minorities and rural and remote residents.


12)      How will the LFO  decide which organizations receive the Fellowships?

The LFO, when considering applications, will consider a number of factors including whether the applicant:

  • is a CLC, LAO office or a lawyer working in partnership with those organizations;
  • serves low income or vulnerable clients;
  • serves linguistic minorities or residents of rural and remote communities;
  • provides direct services to clients or legal information aimed at assisting individuals;
  • meets all the LSUC’s requirements for the articling program;
  • describes the nature, scope, and diversity of the proposed articling experience;
  • has identified a qualified, experienced supervising lawyer;
  • has a history of high quality work, including working with community organizations;
  • indicates that it would use partnerships where appropriate, or have a plan for making the articling student available to others as appropriate;
  • demonstrates that it has an unmet need for servicing identified linguistic minorities or rural and remote residents;
  • has a plan for how the articling student could help meet that need;
  • makes a commitment that the student would spend a significant amount of time serving the needs of the linguistic or rural and remote community;
  • when hiring a student for an unmet linguistic need, indicates that it would hire a student with the requisite linguistic skills to serve an identified community;
  • for placements serving linguistic minorities, demonstrates an ability to have the student work the majority of their time in a single minority language either because of the nature of the host organization or the proposed workplan for the student;
  • for rural and remote placements, conducts outreach to remote and rural locations within their catchment area that are outside the location of their central office;
  • for rural and remote placements, serves a geographic area with a legal need because it is otherwise underserviced by lawyers (like those set out in the Ontario Civil Legal Needs (OCLN) Mapping Project);
  • has demonstrated that the placement is innovative in service delivery (e.g. working with specific marginalized or vulnerable groups in the rural and remote community, such as lumber workers or agricultural workers);
  • has a plan for evaluation which includes tracking the work performed by the student for the identified community and evaluates how the student has improved the organization’s ability to serve those communities.

These selection criteria should be addressed in the application for a Fellowship.


13)     How does an organization demonstrate that it serves linguistic minorities and residents of rural and  remote communities?

Statistical or other information concerning the demographics of the organization’s catchment area would be helpful.


14)     When will organizations be advised that they have been awarded a Fellowship?

Organization were advised whether they received a Fellowship in January 2014.


15)     Who should I send the application to or contact with any questions?

Please feel free to contact David Kinsman at dkinsman@lawfoundation.on.ca or 416-598-1550 ext. 302 with any questions.