Summer Law Student – 2019

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions and ending housing discrimination across Ontario. CERA was founded in 1987 as the only organization in Canada with a primary focus on promoting human rights in housing. We use human rights tools to combat housing insecurity and homelessness across Ontario. We work with tenants, housing providers, community partners and the public to build awareness about housing rights, and to build the capacity of Ontarians to recognize and defend their human rights.

Our model for change-making involves the following interventions:

  • Unique Services for Tenants: Our direct service model is primarily phone-based and serves 1,200-1,500 marginalized renters per year. Our intake services are fast and responsive, and we engage clients as team members in creative problem-solving as we work to prevent homelessness and overcome discrimination.
  • Creative Public Engagement and Education: Our innovative outreach approach responds to real needs across Ontario. CERA knows that partnerships make us stronger, and we work closely with groups across the province to reach those in need of our unique services.
  • Legal Initiatives that Challenge the Housing Status Quo: In addition to on-the-ground supports for individuals and communities, CERA engages in litigation to improve housing policy and set legal precedents that advance housing rights and the right to housing.

We are looking for a Summer Law Student who wants to gain valuable legal research and client management skills. You will join a passionate team and complete meaningful work on human rights and housing in an engaging learning environment.

Location: Toronto
Placement: Full time summer law student opportunity commencing May 6th, 2019 through August 23,


Summer Student Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth legal research
  • Preparing briefing notes and legal memoranda.
  • Serving clients facing human rights issues in housing and imminent eviction.
  • Review legislation and relevant government policies.
  • Draft correspondence to clients, housing providers and community partners.
  • Provide support for, and engage in, informal settlement negotiations.
  • Assist with legal project work.
  • Engage in policy reform work, public education sessions, and outreach.

    Application requirements:

    Applicants should provide their CV and cover letter. The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with legal research practices and research tools
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • A professional demeanor and ability to provide excellent client services
  • Strong computer skills
  • A minimum 1 year of law school completed, and currently enrolled in a full-time law degree program

    (JD), returning to school in the fall of 2018

  • Knowledge of the rules of professional conduct and strong ethical practices

    CERA relies on grants and other targeted sources of funds for summer student placements. We encourage students to seek funding from other sources, including fellowships and bursaries through their law schools. Please note that positions will not be confirmed until a funding plan has been developed through collaboration between the student and CERA.

    Application deadline:

    Monday, February 11 by 5 pm EST. Applications will be accepted by email only.

    Send applications with the subject line “Application for summer law placement” to:

    Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)