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LEGAL CLINIC

In the winter of 2011, the Law Research Centre teamed up with Miller Thomson and Pro Bono to provide legal advice and information to current Ryerson students (full-time, part-time and CE) and entrepreneurs currently hosted by the DMZ. The legal clinic is administered by student volunteers. The clinic is held once a month on the 8th floor of Ted Rogers School of Management from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

 

The clinic is supported by:

Ryerson Law Research Centre

Miller Thomson, LLP

Ryerson Students’ Union

Pro Bono Law Ontario

The team of lawyers can assist you with virtually any legal problem, at no cost. To name a few examples, we can help you when…

You have a problem with …

  • personal debt
  • your cellphone company
  • oral or written contracts
  • your boss or co-workers
  • privacy issues
  • collecting money owed to you

If you are …

  • being sued
  • being fired
  • want to sue someone

If your business needs help with…

  • incorporation agreements
  • intellectual property protection
  • trademarks
  • hiring or firing
  • shareholder agreements
  • financing
  • taxes
  • contracts
  • privacy issues
  • issues with creative projects
1. Is the Legal Clinic free?

Yes. The Legal Clinic is a free service.

2. Who is eligible to use the Legal Clinic service?

The Legal Clinic is offered to current full and part-time Ryerson students, Chang School learners, and members of the various learning zones on campus such as the DMZ.

3. What are the areas of law that the Legal Clinic offers advice on?

The Clinic is run in partnership with Miller Thomson, LLP which offers advice on a wide variety of business law and contract law, including:

 

  • Business startups, for example: incorporation/business organizations/sole proprietorships/share-holders' agreements/partnership agreements
  • Business names and trademarks
  • Employment law issues including, WSIB claims and the right to refuse unsafe work
  • Consumer contracts, for example: gym and cell phone contracts, store disputes
  • Personal debt and personal bankruptcy  
  • Assistance in getting ready for your Small Claims Court action [maximum $25, 000 monetary jurisdiction in this court], such as slip and fall, motor vehicle accidents
  • Notarizing documents or swearing affidavits [NOTE: you will need to bring an original document for a notarial copy to be made]

 

These are the most common issues, however, if you are unsure whether your issue falls under the scope of the Legal Clinic please email us to find out: lawclinic@ryerson.ca. If we are unable to assist, we will provide you with some helpful referrals and resources.

For more information on Miller Thomson and the services they provide please visit:

http://www.millerthomson.com/en/our-services

4. Is the Legal Clinic a lecture session in which I can learn about my rights?

No. The Legal Clinic offers a one-on-one appointment with a lawyer, sometimes two lawyers, to get free legal advice on your situation. This is held in a very confidential, private setting, in which you are given 45 minutes for your appointment to ask legal questions and get advice from experts.

This is not a lecture style, group setting. The Law Centre regularly holds events in which students will have the opportunity to learn more about the law and their rights.

To stay tuned to our events, please visit: http://www.ryerson.ca/lawcentre/events.html

5. Is this a walk-in clinic or by appointment?

The Legal Clinic is by appointment only. There is a process in which you provide your information and describe your legal issue on an Intake Form for the lawyers at Miller Thomson to process. This process has to be completed prior to your appointment. Everything is kept entirely confidential.

6. What is the process of booking an appointment with a lawyer?

To book an appointment, please email lawclinic@ryerson.ca with a brief description of your legal issue in order for us to determine whether your issue is within the scope of the clinic. If you have a legal concern that we can assist with, you will be asked to complete an Intake Form. Please carefully read the acknowledgment part as you will be asked to sign it upon arrival on the day of your appointment. You are not required to sign and scan this Form in advance, but please email back the completed Form in .doc format.


Please type out your information electronically on the Intake Form and email it back to lawclinic@ryerson.ca within at least 3 days of the scheduled clinic to allow enough time for processing.

7. What documents must I prepare?

Please bring any document that is relevant to your issue and that may assist the lawyers in providing any advice. This may include a contract that you have signed or are creating, an outline of your business plan, an original document or application if you need assistance with notarizing a document.

All documentation is kept entirely confidential.  

8. Are my business partners or people involved in my legal issue able to join me in my appointment?

If someone else is highly involved in the legal matter or is your business partner, and a current Ryerson student, we may be able to allow both of you to be in the appointment. However, this request must be specified in your Intake Form and approval will be given on a case-by-case basis.  

An opposing party will not be allowed in the meeting with you on the day of your appointment.

9. I do not have my student card, but I am a current student, how can I gain access to the Legal Clinic?

To gain access to the Clinic, you are required to be a current Ryerson student or a member of Ryerson learning zones. If you have misplaced your student card, or identification, you must provide sufficient documentation on the day of the appointment.

Please email lawclinic@ryerson.ca to notify the coordinator in advance, and please print off your current timetable with a visible student number shown on the document from RAMMS.  

10. Am I able to use this service more than once?

Yes. While you are a Ryerson student, or a member of Ryerson learning zones, the service is provided for you to use as often as you need. You must always fill out an Intake Form and email it to lawclinic@ryerson.ca to book your appointment.

The Legal Clinic is offered once a month, always on a Thursday, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The new schedule for the 2014-2015 year will be released this summer.

The clinic is held once a month on the 8th floor of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. The clinic runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

To make an appointment or to get more information, email the clinic at lawclinic@ryerson.ca

The clinic is held once a month on the 8th floor of Ted Rogers School of Management from 6:00 to 9:00pm:

 

2016 Dates:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
 

2017 Dates: 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 

 

Need other legal help? Check out our partner clinic, the Law & Business Clinic

 

Miller Thomson Team

Miller Thomson Team of Lawyers

Click here to watch Law Times' coverage of the Law Clinic.

Need other legal help? Check out our partner clinic, the Law & Business Clinic