The Everyone Legal Clinic is a BC-wide and first-of-its-kind public interest law incubator that launched in May 2022. The Clinic engages and fosters a diverse group of 25 articling students and 5 notaries in offering a full range of affordable legal services to everyone in BC— wherever they're located.
"Services for everyone, justice for all"
The Everyone Legal Clinic offers low-cost legal services to all British Columbians on a fixed-fee basis— in person or by virtual connection. Articling clinicians work under the supervision of practising lawyers, and provide affordable help for family, tenancy/strata, employment, wills/estates, civil, corporate, consumer or criminal law issues.
British Columbians can access Clinic legal services via its 24/7 online booking service or by calling (778) 200-4478 on weekdays between 9:30am and 4:30pm. They can schedule their initial meeting online or by phone, and then meet their clinician by videoconference or phone.
The Clinic serves as an experiential learning centre for articling and notary clinicians, and as a solo and small firm incubator for practitioners who provide affordable legal services to underserved communities across BC.
Each year, the Clinic engages dozens of professional mentors, 15 supervising lawyers and one administrator to remotely train, supervise and support 25 articling clinicians over two six-month semesters.
The Clinic aims to:
- Increase access to affordable and high quality legal services in communities throughout BC;
- Increase professional capacity for public interest legal service throughout BC, particularly in underserved communities;
- Provide a new generation of BC legal service providers with the substantive knowledge and practical skills (including practice management, cultural competency and human relationship skills) required to thrive in highly adaptive forms of public-minded legal practice;
- Improve equity, diversity, working conditions and quality of education in BC’s lawyer and notary training systems, and reduce unmet need for articling positions in BC;
- Promote new virtual, fixed fee and modular forms of legal practice.