Employment at CELA

Employment at CELA:

CELA is a Legal Aid Ontario funded specialty clinic that employs five lawyers, two researchers, an articling student and two administrative assistants. See the Contact Us page for more information about who we are.

Articling at CELA:

Every year we are able to offer one articling position. To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director, and send via e-mail to: c/o Tracy Tucker (tracy@cela.ca). The full position posting for the next term is here.

General information is described in CELA's brochure: Articling at CELA. For additional questions not addressed in the brochure, please direct further inquiries to the current articling student by telephone, 416-960-2284 x 7216 or e-mail: articling (at) cela.ca. We have also prepared an overview of careers in environmental law (PDF, 15kb) in response to some frequently asked questions about the type of work we do.

Volunteering, Student Internships, and Summer Positions

CELA periodically takes on volunteers and student internships, where students require a work placement as a portion of university or college courses. As with all volunteer applications, we are interested in mentoring highly motivated, self-directed individuals with a strong background in environmental law, academic research, and community development.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé via email to admin @ cela.ca.

For law students and lawyers seeking volunteer work with our legal team, please include the following information:

  • Confirmation that your course work already includes, at a minimum, administrative law.
  • The stage you are at in your legal studies.
  • Your availability – i.e., please note specific start and end dates and # of hours per week.
  • Prior experience with legal or environmental issues.

We aim to review volunteer applications at regular bi-monthly staff meetings. We appreciate your effort in applying but when application volumes are high, we may only respond to those applicants we are interested in taking on as volunteers.

CELA occasionally obtains funding for summer students. In the event that we have an opening, we will post a notice in the News area of this site, likely in late winter or early spring. If we do not have an opening and you are interested in working in the area of social justice and poverty law, please see the Careers at Legal Aid Ontario  webpage showing postings for all LAO community legal clinics. The LAO site may include postings for articling students, counsel, paralegals, community legal workers and administrative assistants. You may also try the Law Society of Upper Canada website for similar postings in the private bar.

 The CELA Board of Directors:

If you have an expertise and would like to contribute to decisions taken by CELA, you may be interested in becoming a board member. If so please contact us at admin @ cela.ca. For more information about our board see the list of Current Board Members including a brief description of who they are and what they do.