Community Legal Clinic

Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus Thompson Rivers University Community Legal Clinic will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Community Legal Clinic

The Thompson Rivers University Community Legal Clinic (TRU CLC) is the first student-staffed free legal clinic in the BC Interior. The students work under the guidance of a team of supervising lawyers to provide legal assistance and advice in a range of areas to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

The program enables students to use the law as a tool for social justice by working with agencies and local non-profit organizations to improve citizens' access to the justice system, while the students develop skills that will make them better lawyers in the future.

TRU CLC is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the year when classes are in session at TRU. Please call 778-471-8490 to book an appointment.

TRU CLC is also open on a drop-in basis on most Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.; no appointment is necessary but please call ahead to confirm. There are no drop-in hours in April, August or December.

Who can use TRU CLC?

The service is free and to be accepted, clients must meet low-income financial eligibility requirements. As well, a law student will conduct an initial interview to determine eligibility based on the nature and scope of the client's issue.

What types of issues can we help with? TRU CLC is able to assist with various legal issues, including:

  • residential tenancy
  • employment standards
  • small claims (civil claims under $35,000 only)
  • human rights claims
  • consumer protection claims
  • simple wills for estates worth less than $25,000 and that do not contain real property

We can also draft certain types of legal documents, including:

  • demand letters
  • powers of attorney
  • representation agreements
  • advance directives
  • notices of claim and replies to claim (small claims under $35,000 only)
  • in family law, documents for uncontested desk order divorces and financial statements for use in Provincial Court or Supreme Court

TRU CLC cannot assist with:

  • family law litigation
  • business and commercial law
  • real estate and strata matters
  • personal injury claims
  • issues arising from unionized employment
  • probate or administrative matters
  • any matters within the juristiction of a superior level court
  • impaired driving or traffic offences
  • complaints against dentists, doctors or lawyers