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Durham Community Legal Clinic (DCLC) is seeking a Permanent, Full Time Paralegal.  The incumbent must be in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario, have worked in a clinic environment, and have at least 3 years experience in the area of Social Assistance (CPPD, OW, ODSP and SBT).  Annual compensation is set at $60,000 plus benefits.

Main Responsibilities

  • Conduct Intake process with clients
  • Provide summary advice and representation
  • Conduct Public Legal Education
  • Make appropriate referrals according to clients needs
  • Perform Casework
  • Conduct record and file management in accordance with DCLC and LSO policies
  • Prepare statistical and written reports as requested
  • Actively participate in regularly scheduled meetings and training
  • Participate in and initiate a range of community development activities, including law reform efforts and public legal education, and building collaborative relationships with Durham community partners


  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario;
  • Knowledge of Ontario social assistance law (minimum 3 years experience);
  • Commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive legal practice;
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills;
  • Experience in Public Legal Education and an interest in public speaking;
  • Experience serving diverse clients including those from low-income and highly sensitive backgrounds;
  • Professional when dealing with and empathetic to people living on low income or in poverty
  • A driver’s licence and interest to attend offsite events;
  • Knowledge of CIMS software an asset

Working Environment

  • DCLC strives to promote a safe and welcoming work environment
  • Typical Unionized Office setting
  • Normal operations include (but not limited to) filing, photocopying, answering phones, computer work, video conferencing, face to face interactions with the public (note: clients may at times present confrontational situations).

Application Information

Interested candidates are asked to email a cover letter and resume/CV demonstrating how you meet the qualifications as set out above by 5 p.m. on September 1, 2023.  Please use the subject line: “Paralegal”

In addition to review of qualifications, interviews and reference checks, successful candidates maybe invited to participate in a written test and other assessment tools.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.