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Monthly Night Clinic

About the Clinic

In the winter of 2011, the Law Research Centre teamed up with Miller Thomson LLP and Pro Bono Ontario to provide legal advice and information to current Ryerson students (full-time, part-time and CE) and entrepreneurs currently hosted by Ryerson Learning Zones. The clinic is held once a month downtown. It offers free of charge one-on-one meeting with a lawyer to discuss your legal issue.

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

Learn more through The Law Times' coverage of the Law Clinic.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQs section.

Miller Thomson Team of Lawyers

Miller Thomson Team of Lawyers

Clinic Dates for 2018-2019

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Tuesday September 25th, 2018

Tuesday October 16th, 2018

Tuesday November 20th, 2018

Tuesday December 11th, 2018

Tuesday January 15th, 2019

Tuesday February 19th, 2019

Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Tuesday April 16th, 2019

Tuesday May 21st, 2019

Tuesday June 18th, 2019

Legal Issues

The team of lawyers can assist you with many legal problems, 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

FAQs

Is the Monthly Night Clinic free?

Yes. It is a free service.

Who is eligible to use the Monthly Night Clinic?

The 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.

What are the areas of law that the 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.

 

Visit the the Miller Thomson website for more information on the services they provide.

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

No. The 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 confidential, private setting, in which you are given 45 minutes for your appointment to ask legal questions and get advice from experts.

Is this a walk-in clinic or by appointment?

The 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 confidential.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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
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Please note that:

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

    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