**Scroll down to find information related to the Access to Justice Fellowships**

The TDP partners with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law to provide students with an opportunity to work with lawyers and paralegals providing legal services to TDP clients. The TDP course is open to second- and third-year law students and runs from May to April each year. The May 2022 – April 2023 application process for the TDP Access to Justice course is now open!

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter before 4:30pm on March 8, 2022 to [email protected]

Interested students can contact us for more information.

TDP also has a partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). Each year, our PBSC student volunteers conduct research and develop and deliver public legal education materials. Applications for our 2022-2023 projects will open in September 2022.

This program should be of particular interest to students who work or hope to work in poverty law, criminal law, constitutional or administrative law, and to students interested in research and writing about socioeconomic rights and access to justice.


Selected student caseworkers provide a range of services to their clients under the supervision of practicing lawyers. Students are also expected to contribute to TDP’s outreach activities, which include organizing legal information workshops/presentations at community organizations in Ottawa. Caseworker responsibilities include:

  • Holding intake at community organizations on Fridays approximately once a month
  • Conducting client interviews
  • Drafting and delivering legal advice and information
  • Drafting legal arguments, and correspondence with prosecutors
  • Appearing in court (ie. assisting with pleas and trials)
  • Providing legal information in community-based settings
  • Conducting outreach with community partners with the goal of making our service more accessible to our clients

Students selected for the program are expected to participate from May 2022 to April 2023, for a total of 6 credits.

  • Students receive 3 credits from a Student Proposed Internship over summer 2022
  • Students receive another 3 credits from taking CML 2579 – Stage en Accès à la justice during the 2022/2023 school year.

Students choose the term in which their total 6 credits apply (autumn or winter). The course is open to students in French Common Law, le Programme de droit canadien, and English Common Law. 


  • Experience and/or interest in supporting vulnerable individuals and equity-seeking groups
  • Comfort working in a harm reduction environment
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Cultural sensitivity, and awareness of colonization

Fluency in French and in other languages is an asset but not required.

Apply for a Directed Access to Justice Fellowship (TWO available)

In 2022-2023, two directed Access to Justice Fellowships are also available with the Ticket Defence Program. Each Fellowship is paid a total amount of $6000 which support students in obtaining invaluable exposure to an area of law that promotes access to justice. The fellowship offered vary from year to year and the number of fellowships available will vary each academic year.


Any 1st or 2nd year (or 3rd year of 4) uOttawa law student in either the J.D. or any joint J.D. program is eligible to apply. Applications meeting all requirements and submitted by 2nd (or 3rd year of 4) year students may be preferred over 1st year students.


Placements or projects must last for no less than ten weeks of full-time work between May 1st and August 31st. This equates to 35 hours a week x 10 = 350 hours. These ten weeks do not have to be completed consecutively. Before starting their Fellowship placement, selected students must participate in a mandatory pre-departure training session to be held on April 7, 2022, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm or May 11, 2022, from noon to 1:00 pm.

In addition, fellowship recipients must be registered for the 3-credit Fall or Winter section of the TDP Access to Justice Practicum course(s) (details above, deadline to apply March 8, 2022).

Criteria for Selection

Successful recipients will be chosen based upon:

  1. Clarity, comprehensiveness and quality of application;
  2. Commitment to Access to Justice; and
  3. Qualifications – résumé, transcripts and letters of reference. Marks are relevant but not determinative.

Application Process

The following must be submitted:

  1. Application Form The Application form is an online form that must be completed. When uploading your application materials in Brightspace, there is an option to confirm that the Application Form was completed.
  2. Proposal/Letter of application (1- 2 pages single-spaced, minimum 10-point font and 1-inch margins) describing:
  • Interest in the Fellowship Program and reasons for applying;
  • How the program relates to future career goals; and
  • Relevant experience and academic course work.
  1. Résumé (2 pages maximum) with an emphasis on how your experience relates to your proposed Fellowship.
  2. Law school transcripts (photocopies of official transcripts or grade report printouts which include GPA information are sufficient).
  3. Two reference letters: one employment and one academic reference – (if the academic reference is a professor from the uOttawa Faculty of Law a letter is not required, simply list the name and contact information of the referee without attaching a letter.)


One electronic copy of the application in one pdf file must be addressed to the Selection Committee and submitted to the Career and Professional Development Centre in Brightspace in the “Bourse de stage | Fellowship” section which can be found on your home page by no later than March 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm (noon).


Successful recipients will be notified by early April, 2022.

Payment Process

The Fellowship will be paid in full at the outset, with the exception of $200 which will be held to the end of the Fellowship term, pending receipt of the following:

  1. A written report (8-10 pages) upon the completion of the placement or project submitted electronically to the Career and Professional Development Office no later than September 19, 2022. In general, the report will be a reflection on the summer experience including a description of the work completed, any challenges encountered, and suggestions for improving the experience in the future.
  2. Completed P2P Survey in The Source no later than September 19, 2022. This survey will become part of a Peer-to-Peer mentoring tool which will allow you to share information about your fellowship experience and will be searchable by future fellows.
  3. A thank you letter which will be sent to the donors submitted electronically to the Career and Professional Development Office no later than September 19, 2022.

*Please note that this information is subject to change according to the specific Directed Public Interest Fellowship’s funding requirements.


From 2003 to 2020 the TDP collected over 1,300 tickets for:

  • Illegal camping ($100)
  • Soliciting without authority ($95)
  • Possession of liquor in contravention of provincial law under the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations ($125)
  • Abandoning material likely to become litter under ON’s Environmental Protection Act ($130)
  • Failure to leave under the Trespass to Property Act ($95)
  • Public intoxication under the Liquor License Act (which could result in detention)
  • Ottawa city by-law offences such as failure to provide proof of full transit fare ($125)
  • Vending near a highway ($150)