Level engages diverse partners, organizations and critical thinkers to develop research projects in emerging human rights and access to justice issues worldwide.
New opportunities to engage in Level research will be announced in the fall, 2016.
What are we looking for?
Level looks for motivated, diverse law students (enrolled full-time at a Canadian university) from all backgrounds and walks of life. We welcome applications from students who:
Have a demonstrated interest in international or domestic equality, human rights and social justice issues
Possess a respect for diversity and an ability to perform independently and in team setting
Previous volunteer or work experience in Canada or abroad
Relevant educational or work background
Strong communication skills, professionalism and maturity
Demonstrated self-sufficiency and self-motivation
Problem-solving skills and able to work with limited resources
Respectful, highly adaptable and open to change
For over 10 years, Level has helped facilitate internships for Canadian law students at international and Indigenous human rights organizations across the globe. We are proud to have helped over 150+ students gain knowledge and experience from some of the brightest minds in the legal profession.
As we continue to grow, and take things to the 'next Level' (pun intended) we want to make sure that every program we offer is the absolute best that it can be. With that in mind, after careful thought and reflection, we've decided to suspend and review our domestic and global internship program in 2017. In particular, we will be assessing the program's connection to our mandate and strategic vision for the organization, and whether it makes the most effective use of Level's expertise, resources and network.
While this is a big change, we remain committed to working with our valued partner organizations to create unique research opportunities for law students beyond the classroom. These exciting opportunities will be announced very shortly - stay tuned!
African and Canadian Women’s Human Rights Project
Partners: Department of Justice Canada
Fasken Martineau DeMoulin LLP The Stephen Lewis Foundation
The African and Canadian Women's Human Rights Project (ACWHRP) was happily housed at Level (as then CLA-ACE) for the first phase of its work on its criminalization of marital rape and customary law project. The ACWHRP involved a collaborative partnership of African women's human rights NGO's and academics from Ghana, Kenya and Malawi working with Canadian human rights experts. ACWHRP held a very successful customary law and marital rape workshop in Kenya in February 2010 and produced research papers looking at the relationship between customary law and women's rights and the legal treatment of marital rape. These papers can be found here.
ACWHRP now operates independently as "equality effect". For more information about the equality effect and its projects, please visit their website.
Ghana University Legal Clinic Project
Partners: KNUST Faculty of Law, Kumasi, Ghana University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Through the University Legal Clinic, marginalized groups in Kumasi received legal assistance and information that they would not otherwise be able to access or afford. Moreover, KNUST law students received critical real-life training and be inspired to use these new-found skills to further serve their own community. In the long-term, by promoting the rule of law and protecting human rights, this project continues to help reduce poverty and promote economic development in Ghana.
Legal Services Board of Nunavut with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Partners: Legal Services Board of Nunavut Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Lawyers and law students from BLG worked with the LSB to develop radio scripts in the area of poverty law (e.g., family law, wills and estates) that the LSB then used to achieve their goal of increased public legal education for Nunavummiut. Radio is an ideal and preferred means to disseminate information in the large territory, and it is accessible to all audiences regardless of an individual's literacy level. The LSB has had great success in providing public legal education material with a weekly radio show, supplemented with local community radio appearances by counsel who appear on a regular rotation.
The LSB is the territorial organization that delivers legal aid in Nunavut. It provides criminal, family, child welfare, as well as civil and poverty legal services to Nunavummiut through three regional clinics. The LSB has also participated in Level's Summer Internship Program with students working at the Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet clinics. Former Iqaluit mayor Madeleine Redfern helped develop this partnership in her role as Chair of the LSB.
Kosovo Supreme Court Reports
Partners: Kosovo Law Center Heenan Blaikie LLP (former)
Level (as then CLA-ACE) was very pleased with the success of its pilot pro bono project with the Kosovo Law Center and the former Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP to produce the Kosovo Supreme Court Reports. This project was designed to increase the transparency of Kosovo's legal system, improve the written product of the Supreme Court and lower courts, contribute to safeguarding the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, and allow Kosovars to follow and understand important case law. The project received considerable attention and was the subject of an article in the May 2006 edition of The Lawyers Weekly.