2020-2021 Articling Position    

Name and Location of Organization: Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Toronto, ON

For Articling Year: 2020-2021

Deadline for Application: Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST

Description of Organization and Areas of Law:

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched in our Constitution.

CCLA’s major objectives include the promotion and legal protection of individual freedom and dignity against unreasonable invasion by public authority and the protection of procedural fairness.  Areas of law include constitutional, criminal, administrative, privacy, and human rights law.  Our thematic areas of focus include equality rights, fundamental freedoms (expression, religion, association, assembly), state accountability (including police accountability; and state accountability in counter-terrorism including national security agency review and oversight, and privacy and surveillance), criminal law reform, and due process rights.

Description of Responsibilities:

The articling student will be responsible for conducting legal and academic research on various civil liberties issues.  Research will be legal, but will also focus on current events, government, and the social sciences.  The articling student will also research legislation and government action for potential law reform, research cases for potential litigation, draft memos on the above, assist in developing policy and strategy for the organization, assist in drafting policy positions for cases and interventions, and assist in drafting position papers and briefs for parliamentary committees and other government bodies, all under the direction and supervision of the organization’s legal and program staff. CCLA generally engages outside counsel for litigation purposes, so the articling student may have the opportunity to observe hearings, but will not generally have opportunities to appear in court on the CCLA’s behalf. The student will also be actively involved in CCLA’s education program by conducting civil liberties workshops for high school students.


Applicants should be reliable, well-organized and self-motivated, with a demonstrated interest in civil liberties, human rights, and public policy.  Strong research and writing skills are essential.  Personal or professional experience working with non-governmental organizations is highly desirable.  Bilingualism and the ability to write professionally in French is beneficial.  CCLA is an equal opportunity organization and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in its practices.

**Please note that our summer volunteer and articling recruitment processes are distinct. Summer volunteers who may be interested in articling at the CCLA will have to apply through our normal articling recruitment process, as described below.

Salary and Benefits:

$51,000 salary + benefits + Bar Admission fees

Application must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Undergrad transcripts (photocopy of official)
  • Law transcripts (photocopy of official)
  • Reference letter (submit minimum 1 reference letter, maximum 2)

Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to bring in a writing sample, but these will not be reviewed if submitted with your application.

Please send your completed applications to:

Cara Zwibel
Articling Applications
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
90 Eglinton Ave. E., Suite 900
Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3

E-mail: articling@ccla.org (subject line: Articling Application 2020-2021)

Fax: 416-861-1291

Applications will be accepted by fax, mail or e-mail (e-mail preferred). If submitting your application materials by email, please include all materials as a single document attachment (PDF or Word format).

While we thank all applicants, due to the volume of applications received, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have questions about the application process please contact Cara Zwibel at czwibel@ccla.org.

Calls to schedule interviews will begin on Friday, July 19, 2019 (8:00 am EST). Students will be interviewed beginning the week of August 12, 2019.

Offers will not be made prior to Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Please note that applications may be shared with Pro Bono Students Canada, which administers these Fellowships for the LFO, for statistical analysis and feedback on the program, and applicants may be contacted for the purposes of understanding the reach of the program and areas we might strengthen going forward.

This position has been made available through the Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowships program.

Gail Cohen
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