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Hello! 

How competitive is the application process for clinics at Queen's? Is it based on undergraduate grades and work experiences? How many applicants and how many positions? 

Thank you! 

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2 hours ago, dinkleberg said:

Hello! 

How competitive is the application process for clinics at Queen's? Is it based on undergraduate grades and work experiences? How many applicants and how many positions? 

Thank you! 

They are fairly competitive. I did the review of applications a couple of years ago, so my information may be slightly outdated but here it is. The number of students for 1L is based on upper years who receive priority. 

Not all clinics are open to first year students. Only Queen's Legal Aid. Some students have reached out to clinic directors for the other clinics and got in simply by asking for it, but there is no formal recruit and certainly no guarantee.

Undergraduate grades are not even looked at. Work experience might help but unlikely. I tossed application when people spoke about working for a legal NGO because I didn't want people who think they knew it all. And I accepted people who worked at fast-food places because it shows that they are willing to put in the work.

What we looked at, first and foremost, is the applicant's spelling and grammar. One mistake and you're out. After that we looked for people who expressed interest in helping people (even though most applicants did the clinic just to pad their resume). Those two "filters" weed out at least half the applicants. When I did it, all the committee members were handed a stack and told to decide whether to toss an application or it deserves consideration. Finally, after a couple of rounds of doing that, we came up with a list and a waitlist for those who turn it down. 

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I’ll just add that in 1L you can work sort of indirectly for the clinics though PBSC. I answered this on a thread earlier this month:

Some students in 1L also voltunteer for the other clinics such as Family Law, Business Law, and Elder Law though Pro Bono Students Canada - Queens Chapter. PBSC has its own application process, they have like 30 projects and I believe you rank them and if you’re accepted you get sorted into one project. You can see the list of projects here https://www.pbscqueens.com/projects-d

You can check that thread for my detailed explanation for how upper year applications work, if you’re interested!

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10 hours ago, 3rdGenLawStudent said:

I’ll just add that in 1L you can work sort of indirectly for the clinics though PBSC. I answered this on a thread earlier this month:

Some students in 1L also voltunteer for the other clinics such as Family Law, Business Law, and Elder Law though Pro Bono Students Canada - Queens Chapter. PBSC has its own application process, they have like 30 projects and I believe you rank them and if you’re accepted you get sorted into one project. You can see the list of projects here https://www.pbscqueens.com/projects-d

You can check that thread for my detailed explanation for how upper year applications work, if you’re interested!

Which thread is this?

// Found it. :) 

 

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