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A truly experiential learning opportunity

The Legal Clinic is structured as a 6-credit course open to third-year students. It runs from September to April and then from May to August. Initially, the program will accept a maximum of six students for the 2022-23 academic year, with two students working at the clinic during the summer thanks to the generous MacBeath Fellowship.

Fall clinical placements begin with an intensive orientation, including training in the areas of professional responsibility, practice management, client communication, cultural competence, and trauma-informed lawyering. In late September, students will begin taking clients. They will work on files under the direct supervision of Jeannette Savoie, Supervising Lawyer, per the Law Society requirements relating to student competency to practice law.

Students dedicate between 9 and 12 hours per week to their work at the clinic, covering at least one client intake shift. Students meet with clients both during the workday and in the evenings to ensure the clinic remains accessible to the community.

The Clinic also includes a weekly three-hour in-class session on Friday mornings. This time is dedicated to discussion and reflection and for guest speakers, who will also present on a variety of topics during these sessions.

Get involved

Students should apply to be part of the Legal Clinic as soon as the Associate Dean’s office puts out a call for applications for Experiential Learning Courses (typically in June). 

For the summer student positions, students should submit their applications no later than March. Please check your UNB Email often to ensure that you receive the notifications of when to apply, as deadlines may very slightly from year to year. Application packages include a cover letter, resume, statement of interest and transcripts.


The Legal Clinic is funded through the University as a three-year pilot project. We are seeking further support to expand the program. If you wish to donate, please contact the Dean’s Office.

The New Brunswick Law Foundation

UNB Law would like to recognize the generous support of the New Brunswick Law Foundation (NBLF). Thanks to a $50,000 NBLF grant, the UNB Legal Clinic has hired a Client Development and Community Outreach Coordinator. This person organizes outreach activities on behalf of the Clinic and acts as a liaison between the Clinic and local partners to facilitate access to justice for low-income individuals throughout New Brunswick.

The MacBeath Fellowship

UNB Law also owes a debt of gratitude to the friends and family of the late Donald A. MacBeath, QC, a distinguished lawyer from Marystown, NL, known for his unwavering commitment to access to justice and remarkable service to his community. This group generously established the MacBeath Fellowship, an award valued at up to $5,000 that supports students through their summer placements with the Clinic. MacBeath Fellows will carry client files from May to the end of August, handing them over to the next set of clinicians at the start of the fall term.