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Volunteer Opportunity: Muslim Legal Support Centre Summer Student

The Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC) was initiated by the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) in 2018 in recognition of the lack of culturally competent legal services accessible to the Muslim community. The MLSC works to empower Muslims in Ontario by providing public legal education, referrals and summary legal advice, in addition to working towards systemic change.


The MLSC is looking for a volunteer student to assist with the administration of its services and programming for the summer. The student will also help meet and implement MLSC’s strategic plans, goals and initiatives. Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to assisting with public legal education sessions, conducting research around client and clinic needs, conducting outreach to Muslim organizations and assisting with the clinic’s communication, marketing and fundraising needs. The student can anticipate volunteering up to 6 hours each week starting in June.



Duties

  • Directing clients to intake form

  • Connecting clients with lawyers

  • Updating case status and client data

  • Soliciting feedback from clients

  • Providing referrals to relevant service providers

  • Speaking with clients and managing phone line

  • Attending check-in meetings with staff

  • Exploring areas for improvement for intake process

  • Other duties assigned time to time



Qualifications and Skills

  • Current law or paralegal student preferred

  • Interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills

  • Committed to access to justice

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Familiarity with video conference software

  • Familiarity with online tools (e.g. Google Workspace)



Benefits of Role

  • Serve Muslims in a culturally competent manner

  • Increase understanding of legal needs of Ontario Muslims

  • Gain experience in clinic and non-profit settings

  • Improve writing and data skills

  • Acknowledgement of volunteer contribution



Application Process


All applicants are requested to contact the MLSC with an expression of interest and resume in one document to mlsc.coordination@gmail.com. The document must be in Word or PDF format and should not exceed more than three pages. Please indicate ‘MLSC Student Volunteer Application’ in the subject line when the application is submitted. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with preference given to applications submitted by June 3, 2022.


The MLSC welcomes diverse applicants who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those in consideration for the role will be contacted.



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