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Our clinic provides services ranging from brief advice to individuals, referrals to appropriate agencies, written information packages on legal issues, representation before courts and administrative tribunals, presentations to groups on specific legal issues in areas in which we specialize, outreach work with community groups (often in partnership with other community agencies), as well as participation in a range of initiatives aimed at law reform that will positively affect the lives of the low income Ontarians we serve.

Areas of Legal Practice

Advice and Referrals

We regularly give legal advice by phone, often within one or two days. For urgent matters, we respond as quickly as we can.

After giving you legal advice by phone, we will give you an appointment for an in-person meeting if we are able to offer you further assistance. If we are not able to offer you further assistance, we will try to recommend other resources to assist you. You can also see our list of other resources here.

Legal Aid Ontario Advice Lawyer: South Ottawa Community Legal Services also hosts a walk-in "General Advice Duty Counsel Service" (advice lawyer) funded by Legal Aid Ontario, on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Advice Lawyer prepares affidavits and other documents. For this service only, there are no appointments, but it is first come, first served.

Legal Representation

Our clinics represent clients before courts and administrative tribunals in the areas of law in which we practice.


Community Development

We will work with individuals, groups and agencies to provide workshops and training on issues of importance to low income residents in the neighbhourhoods we serve.

Public Legal Education

Do you need someone to come out and speak to your group? We offer workshops and training sessions to members of the community to inform them of their rights and how the laws affect them.

Ask us about “the Wheel of Justice!”

Law Reform

We get involved when changes to laws are proposed that might significantly affect the low income residents of Ottawa. We also represent clients in cases that can change the law in positive ways for the communities we serve. We work closely with other legal clinics and community-based organizations in our law reform efforts.