The Law Foundation of Ontario

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Job posting: Summer Law Student, Class Proceedings Fund

We are seeking a Summer Law Student, Class Proceedings Fund.
March 24, 2021

Job posting: Summer Law Student, Class Proceedings Fund

The Class Proceedings Fund is a nonprofit fund intended to enhance access to justice in Ontario by providing financial support to class action plaintiffs in the form of disbursement funding and by indemnifying plaintiffs in respect of adverse cost awards. The Law Foundation of Ontario also administers the Class Proceedings Fund to support the independent Class Proceedings Committee (CPC) in providing financial assistance to parties involved in public interest class actions. The CPC is a committee of five senior lawyers, who adjudicate applications for funding.

The Summer Law Student will work closely with Counsel and Associate Counsel to the CPC. Duties will include assisting with the review and analysis of funded cases, development and analysis of the database and records, and legal research. Opportunities may include observing the CPC hearings and select certification and other motions for funded cases. and in ensuring its fiscal sustainability.

Key responsibilities:

  • Review of funded case files to ensure information in database is accurate and complete
  • Assist in analysis of data on funded cases
  • Legal research

Qualifications:

  • J.D. or L.L.B. student at a law school located in Ontario
  • Computer literacy, including competency with Microsoft Excel and advanced Microsoft Excel skills being an asset
  • Interest in and/or courses in class actions is an asset but is not necessary
  • Excellence in written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and take appropriate action where required
  • Knowledge and understanding of risk management
  • Strong service orientation
  • A high degree of integrity, sound judgment and problem-solving skills

Work arrangements:

  • This is primarily a work-from-home position, however you may be required to attend the offices on occasion to access older paper files.
  • The successful candidate must provide their own computer and internet access.
  • This is a fulltime (35 hrs/week) position. Compensation is $19/hour. The summer term runs for approximately 14 weeks from May 17 to August 20, 2021.

To apply:

Candidates should apply in confidence by submitting a resume and a cover letter by 5:00 p.m. (EST) April 14, 2021 to rhirji@lawfoundation.on.ca. Please use the subject line “Summer Law Student”.

The Foundation welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify based on any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. If you require accommodation in our hiring process, please contact us to discuss your needs. We appreciate all applications; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.