Access to justice
for those in need.
Student Legal Assistance (SLA) provides free legal information and representation to low-income residents
of Calgary and the surrounding area. Operating since 1979, SLA is a non-profit, registered charitable organization
that is staffed primarily by current University of Calgary law students. Under the supervision and guidance of
Executive Director Michelle Christopher, Q.C. SLA’s Board of Directors, and a team of advising lawyers,
Student Caseworkers are responsible for client intake and file management, all while pursuing their full-time legal studies.
SLA’s student team consists of a Student Director, an elected Student Executive, and approximately 100 caseworkers.
What we do
For individuals who qualify for Student Legal Assistance, our Student Caseworkers will be able to provide legal information and representation. Caseworkers also volunteer providing on-site outreach services to several Calgary agencies including the Calgary Dream Centre, the Calgary Drop-In Centre, and Alpha House.
Who we help
If you are from a low-income household and cannot afford the services of a lawyer, SLA may be able to assist you. We can provide legal representation and services in several areas. To find out if SLA can help you with your legal issue, please see Our Practice Areas.
Please note, Caseworkers are able to make appearances on behalf of clients in Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, Cochrane, and Canmore.
Our Practice Areas
Student Legal Assistance offers services for several types of legal matters. SLA Student Caseworkers may make pleas, run trials, and attend Dispute Resolutions, Negotiation Proceedings, and Early Case Resolutions for their clients.
Caseworkers may advocate for you in the following areas: