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The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is accepting applications for student researchers for the summer 2019 term. Successful applicants will work with the LCO from May – August 2019, with a potential opportunity for employment extension into the Fall/Winter term.

The LCO is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. The LCO provides independent, balanced, and authoritative analysis and recommendations on complex and far-reaching legal policy issues. LCO reports have led to legislative amendments and policy changes, promoted access to justice, and contributed significantly to public debates surrounding important law reform issues.

We are currently undertaking projects on class actions; the last stages of life; defamation law in the internet age; and digital rights. Student researchers at the LCO have an opportunity to contribute to law reform and legal policy development on these and other projects. Students will undertake legal and/or policy research and may have an opportunity to participate in consultations, project advisory group meetings, conferences and symposia, and other on-going activities of the LCO. Students may also be requested to do some administrative work.

Our office is located in Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Keele campus) in Toronto. If you are from a law school outside Toronto, and live outside the Greater Toronto Area, you may work remotely. You may be asked to travel for LCO purposes, depending on the particular activity in which you are involved (expenses paid).

Term: May 6 – August 30, 2019

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 PM (35 hours per week)

Pay: $16.00 / hour


Positions open to: Current JD and LL.L students enrolled at either Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University; Osgoode Hall Law School; Queen’s Law, Queen’s University; University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common or Civil Law Section); University of Toronto, Faculty of Law; University of Windsor, Faculty of Law; or Western Law, Western University.

Qualifications: Applicants should have strong research skills, excellent writing skills and an interest in law reform, with strong English-language ability. Ability to read, write and/or speak French is an asset.

Requirements: If you are interested in a research position with the LCO, please submit as one PDF document: a cover letter stating your reason(s) for applying for the position and how you meet the qualifications; your curriculum vitae; and the names of three reference (at least two of whom should be academic references), and the reason for providing these names, to Aneurin Thomas, Executive Director, at, by Friday, March 1, 2019.

We thank all applicants; only students selected for an interview will be contacted.
For further information on the LCO, please visit our website at:

LCO Student Researcher Program
Application FAQs

1. Do I have to be a law student in Ontario? Can I still apply if I just finished my first year of law school?
Yes. All applicants must be currently enrolled in an Ontario law school and returning to law school in September 2019.

2. I don’t live in Toronto, can I work remotely?
While we prefer our summer students work in our office, to get the most out of their work experience with us, we do permit students who live outside of the Greater Toronto Area to work remotely. You would be required to travel to Toronto a few times over the summer term (expenses paid). Further details will be discussed with successful out of town applicants.

3. Which projects will I be working on?
After the hiring process is complete, we assign successful applicants to work with an LCO research lawyer/project head on a specific project. We will not know which project you will work on until the hiring process is complete.

4. Is there a possibility to continue working for the LCO during the school year?
Yes, there is a possibility for employment to be extended into the Fall/Winter term as a part-time student researcher. This possibility will be discussed with successful applicants later in the summer.

5. What do I need to include in my application?
We ask candidates to submit a single PDF file containing the following:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• The names and contact information for 3 references, and your reason for selecting them. We recommend at least 2 of the references be academics, or people who have direct experience in supervising your research and/or writing.
We will let you know before we contact any of your references. We do not require transcripts, grades or lists of courses.

6. Where can I find out more information about the LCO?
For more information about who we are, the projects we’re working on, and what’s new at the LCO, check out our website,