Western Law

Family Law Project

The Program

The Family Law Project (“FLP”) is a national, award winning, year-round program run by PBSC. It began at the University of Toronto in 1998 and has since spread across the country. There are currently 5 PBSC chapters that run FLP in Ontario. Western University's Family Law Project started in 2009.

At Western, FLP volunteers assist low-income, unrepresented family law litigants in the completion of court documents, under the supervision of Legal Aid Ontario lawyers. The office does not deal with divorces, separations, or property matters. Most issues involve custody, access, spousal support, and child support. 

As volunteers, students gain valuable experience with legal drafting and client interviewing. Students help relieve the burden on the court and make clients more comfortable navigating the legal system. Most importantly, students are given the opportunity to provide the community with a meaningful service. It should be noted that students do not provide legal advice.

The Office

Family Duty Counsel Office
2nd Floor, London Courthouse
80 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 6A3


“My experience as a 1L FLP volunteer has been invaluable. I have had the opportunity to meet many lawyers at the court house, and have formed strong associations with duty counsel who was very informative and helpful throughout the entire process. Throughout my involvement I have gained valuable hands-on experience at the London Family Court, and most importantly, I have had the opportunity to help individuals in my community.” – Anamaria Maghetiu, FLP volunteer 2010-2011

Information for Students

The 2016-2017 applications are currently available. Students interested in FLP must complete both the FLP Application and the Student Application Form. Applications must be submitted in hard copy at Community Legal Services and are due on September 15th, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Coordinator & Contact Information

The 2016-2017 FLP Coordinator is Colin Steffler

Office: Room 117, Faculty of Law
Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7

Telephone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 81195
Fax: 519-661-3790 (Attn: Colin Steffler)
E-mail: pbfamily@uwo.ca

Note: The Coordinator's contact information is not to be used to seek legal advice. Should you require help on a legal matter contact, please contact the Family Duty Counsel Office at 519-660-2308 to book an appointment.