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The Law & Business Clinic provides free legal services in a variety of business law matters to entrepreneurs and small businesses that cannot afford to retain a lawyer. If you are a current Ryerson student, Chang School learner, or affiliated with one of Ryerson learning zones (such as Ryerson DMZ), and plan to start up a business or have started a small business, you may be eligible for this program. Clients outside of Ryerson may be eligible subject to assessment.

Legal services will be provided to selected applicants on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year (September to April) by a team of qualified lawyers from various Bay St. law firms, who will work in tandem with Ryerson Law & Business students. To facilitate an engaging and participatory learning experience, students will draft client work products and conduct legal research under the direction and supervision of qualified lawyers. 

Pnina Shenker

Pnina Alon-Shenker

Dr. Pnina Alon-Shenker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law & Business and the founding Academic Director of Ryerson Law & Business Clinic.

She served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice Dalia Dorner of the Supreme Court of Israel in 2002-2003 and was called to the Israeli Bar in 2003. She earned her LL.B. from Haifa University, LL.M. from the Hebrew University and University of Toronto, and S.J.D from University of Toronto.

She joined Ryerson as a sessional instructor in 2009 and became an Assistant Professor in 2010. Her research interests centre on labour and employment law with an emphasis on workplace discrimination and diversity, the aging workforce, and forms of employee representation and voice.

Dr. Alon-Shenker received the Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award in 2014 for her recent scholarly achievements. In 2016 she received the Provost's Experiential Award in recognition of her work at the Law & Business Clinic. Read Pnina's biography

Omar Ha-Redeye

Omar Ha-Redeye

Prof. Omar Ha-Redeye is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University. He holds a JD from Western University, and an LLM from Osgoode Hall. He is the Executive Director of the Durham Community Legal Clinic, which serves low-income and marginalized populations.

Prof. Ha-Redeye has a strong focus on legal education, access to justice, and experiential training. In addition to extensive involvement in the legal technology sector, he has been involved in grassroots community-based activities for decades, and sits on a number of governance boards.

He has received a number of awards related to his work in legal reform and access to justice, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2016, he received the inaugural Ted Rogers School of Management Teaching Award for Contract Lecturers. More information is available on his personal website.

Legal Services may include:

  • Information on and assistance with organizing the business (e.g. incorporating)
  • Drafting and review of shareholders, partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Drafting and review of forms of release, non-disclosure, non-competition and employment agreements
  • IP issues such as protecting your business name, trade-marks, and copyright
  • Drafting and review of consumer or supplier contracts
  • Registration and licensing matters
  • Basic tax issues
  • Regulatory compliance

Need other legal help?

Check out our partner clinic - the Monthly Night Clinic

Please note that:

  • The Clinic does not provide any litigation services.
  • All student work is directed, reviewed and approved by qualified lawyers.
  • The services are provided free of charge. However, the client is responsible for any associated costs (e.g. registration or licensing fees).

Since the Clinic facilitates a learning opportunity for Ryerson Law & Business students, our services may be interrupted - especially between semesters and during examination periods.

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    Legal Services may include:

    • Information on and assistance with organizing the business (e.g. incorporating)
    • Drafting and review of shareholders, partnership and joint venture agreements
    • Learn more

    Please note that:

    • The Clinic does not provide any litigation services.
    • All student work is directed, reviewed and approved by qualified lawyers.
    • Learn more

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      Mailing Address:

      The Law & Business Clinic
      attn.: Pnina Alon-Shenker
      Ryerson University
      575 Bay Street
      Toronto, ON
      M5G 2C5

      Phone:

      416-979-5000 ext. 7813

      Email:

      pnina.alon@ryerson.ca