Supervising Lawyer (Housing Law)

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 04/24/2024

Req ID:37100

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Law

Department: Faculty of Law

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About Us:

The Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto. Today, it is one of the world’s great law schools. The Faculty’s rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs. The Faculty of Law is housed in the elegant, state-of-the-art Jackman Law Building, alongside two historic buildings, Flavelle House and Falconer Hall, on the St. George Campus in downtown Toronto.

Position Summary:

Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Supervising Lawyer (Housing Law) is responsible for the delivery of legal services in the area of housing law at Downtown Legal Services (DLS), the student legal aid service society (SLASS) clinic at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Together with the Executive Director (ED), the Supervising Lawyer (SL) is responsible for the supervision, management and evaluation of law students working in the clinic as volunteers, for academic credit, and as summer employees. The SL is responsible for providing ongoing clinic education to students working within these areas of law on relevant substantive law and procedural law. The SL contributes to the clinic’s related training on advocacy skills, file management, legal research, professional responsibility & legal ethics, client counseling, etc. The SL supports the work of the clinic in community outreach, advocacy projects and public legal education initiatives. The SL is also expected to contribute to and provide input on clinic operations, administrative matters and policies, and to provide information, as required, on the scope of clinic activities within the SL’s areas of responsibility.



Undergraduate degree and law degree (LL.B or J.D. Degree). LL.M or a graduate degree in a related area of study is a strong asset. Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. Training in anti-racism and anti-oppression practices.


Minimum 5 years of experience practicing housing law. Experience with training and/or supervising law students. Significant prior experience working with highly vulnerable communities. Experience working in social justice and/or a public interest setting, and engaging in community outreach activities. Prior supervisory and/or management experience is an asset.


Demonstrated legal expertise; superior written and oral communication skills; exceptional interpersonal skills; highly effective problem solving skills; sound reasoning and decision-making skills; effective project management skills; exceptional analytical, organizational and time management skills; and good computer proficiency (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, and email).


Ability to appreciate and balance DLS’s dual mandate of client service and student education; familiarity with clinical legal education pedagogy and practice; ability to work under stress and meet deadlines; ability to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines; ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion; and demonstrated adaptability and creativity.

Closing Date: 05/09/2024,11:59PM ET

Employee Group: Salaried 

Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing 

Schedule: Full-Time

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 3 — Hiring Zone: $90,134 – $105,156 — Broadband Salary Range: $90,134 – $150,223

Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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