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Lakehead University Community Legal Services

Free Legal Clinic

Law students, under the direct supervision of licensed lawyers, provide free legal advice and representation to low income earners who cannot afford to pay for legal services

Provides services in the following areas:
  • Minor criminal offences such as common assault, theft under $5000, and mischief to property under $5000
  • Provincial and traffic offences such as trespass to property, careless driving, speeding tickets, driving with no insurance, and driving under suspended licence
  • Small Claims Court and Civil disputes under $35,000
  • Tenant rights and applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board
  • Simple wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Employment law
  • Applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Beginning September 2021, free immigration and refugee law services will be offered
  • Legal aid services are provided by second and third year students of Lakehead's Faculty of Law under the supervision of a directing lawyer
  • Open year round. Closed between December 25 - January 1st for the holiday season. Acceptance of applications may be limited during university down times such as Reading week and exam periods.
  • Residents of Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Marathon, Schreiber, Municipality of Greenstone and Fort William First Nation
  • Income level as per the Legal Aid Ontario criteria and the nature of the legal issue will be assessed
Individuals are eligible if they receive one of the following:
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Old Age Security with Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • Canada Pension Plan when it is the only primary source of income
  • Veteran's benefits
  • Workplace Safety Insurance Board benefits which are temporary or threatened
Application Process
  • Call to apply
  • Intake interviews are done by appointment only
Toll Free
Web Site
[email protected]
English, Interpretive Services - available by telephone for clients who do not speak English
None ; Does not charge for legal services; clients may be responsible for disbursements such as court filing fees
Documents Required
Proof of income is required
Not Accessible ; Not yet accessible - Contact office in advance for wheelchair accessibility accommodation -- entrance to the main clinic requires climbing three steps
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
April 28, 2023
401 Red River Rd, Suite PA1001
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 1B4
Located in the PACI Faculty of Law building on Red River Rd
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Hours of Operation
0900 to 1700
0900 to 1700
0900 to 1700
0900 to 1700
0900 to 1400

Mon-Thu 9 am-5 pm, Fri 9 am-2 pm
Service Area(s)
  • Fort William First Nation
  • Greenstone
  • Marathon
  • Nipigon
  • Schreiber
  • Thunder Bay