Community Legal Services

COVID-19 Protocols:

The Community Legal Services office is limiting its accessibility to the general public. We will try to assist you virtually or over the phone first, and only invite you into the office if it's necessary. 

New intake appointments: Community Legal Services is currently accepting a limited number of new clients for those in need of family or criminal law assistance. We are not able to represent those in need of Landlord/Tennant matters, but we are able to provide summary advice with a limited retainer. Please call our office at 519-661-3352 for more information or to book an intake appointment. You may also visit our external legal resources page for a list of agencies that may be able to assist you. If you are in immediate danger or distress, call 911.

Existing clients:
Please note that we are still in a transition period. A caseworker will contact you within the next couple of weeks. If you need assistance during this period, please call 519-661-3352 and our staff will be pleased to assist and/or put you in contact with the in-house lawyer assigned to your case.

Please note: Walk-ins are not currently being accepted and notarial services are also not being offered at this time. 

Learn more about the law and legal services during COVID-19.

Updated Sept. 8, 2021

Community Legal Services (CLS) is among the most progressive legal clinics in Canada and a leader in the cause of access to justice. CLS is both a community legal clinic and a clinical education program, operated by the Faculty of Law at Western University and funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, Fanshawe Student Union, and Western's University Students Council and Faculty of Law.  

CLS provides free legal services to low-income people in the London community and to Fanshawe College and Western University students. Services are provided by over 125 law students per academic year, who work under the supervision of experienced staff lawyers. 
Please note: Due to provincial funding cuts, services have decreased. CLS is no longer offering Wills, POAs, Immigration Services or Criminal Injury Compensation Board (CICB) assistance, and have reduced current Criminal Law services.



Where to find us:

Parking is available in the Weldon Parking Lot beside the Law School.