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Volunteer Roles

There are several volunteer roles available with People’s Law School:

1. Answer questions submitted to the website
2. Review information to ensure it is legally accurate
3. Conduct a class for the public

Answer questions submitted to the website

The Q&A section on the People’s Law School website features questions that the public has submitted to us, together with answers from volunteer legal professionals. The answers are written by a community of lawyers, notaries and other experts. Everyone gets to see the questions and answers – not just the person who posed the question and the person who answered it.

People’s Law School needs volunteers to participate in this community of legal professionals. Volunteers who provide information to the public through the Q&A section are at the heart of People’s Law School’s mandate to help people avoid or solve the legal problems of daily life. Sometimes all people need is a starting point – to have enough legal knowledge to take some action to deal with a problem.  

How it works

People submit their question through an online form. To submit the form, they must accept the terms of use, which include a disclaimer and a caution not to reveal personally identifiable information. The information provided is stored on a server located in Canada.

People’s Law School staff review the questions submitted. If staff can answer the question, they do. If the question is one that requires a legal professional to answer, staff email the question to one of our volunteers. The volunteer has up to two weeks to reply, although we aim for a three- to five-day turnaround.

Not legal advice

On the website, we prominently display a disclaimer that the information contained on the site, including the Q&A section, is not intended to be legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified legal professional. We also discourage people from revealing in their questions any personally identifiable information.

What we need

We’re looking for volunteers who are lawyers or notaries or who have other expertise to assist with law-related problems. You must have:

  • Minimum two years’ experience as a lawyer, notary or other professional
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and at a reading level suitable for the public (we aim for Grade 6 to 8)
  • Desire to help people
  • Basic computer skills (questions and answers are exchanged by email; People’s Law School staff will post them to the website)

Note that we are focusing on these subject areas: consumer problems, money & debt, cars & other means of transportation, health law, housing (including problems with neighbours), wills & estates, and work.

The commitment

You must be willing to invest up to two hours per month to review questions and provide answers.

How to volunteer

Apply for this volunteer role.

Review information to ensure it is legally accurate

People’s Law School has over 50 pages on its website and over 20 publications on common legal problems, such as consumer problems, workplace issues, and writing a will.  Our information is written in easy-to-understand language and contains step-by-step guidance and practical tools such as sample letters and agreements.

People’s Law School legal staff write this information, but we need volunteers with current practical legal experience to review content to ensure it is legally accurate.

What we need

We’re looking for volunteers who are lawyers or notaries or who have other expertise to review information for legal accuracy. You must have:

  • Qualifications to practice as a lawyer, notary or other professional
  • Desire to help people
  • Basic computer skills (email and word processing applications)

Note that we are focusing on these subject areas: consumer problems, money & debt, cars & other means of transportation, health law, housing (including problems with neighbours), wills & estates, and work.

The commitment

You must be willing to invest up to 15 hours throughout the year to review information for legal accuracy.

How to volunteer

Apply for this volunteer role.

Conduct a class for the public

Each year People’s Law School offers approximately 80 classes on law-related topics for the public throughout British Columbia. The classes are on topics that arise most frequently in the community, are one hour or 90 minutes, and are led by lawyers, notaries and other experts. Classes are held at the People’s Law School offices in Vancouver, as well as at community organizations (libraries, community centres and so on) throughout the province.  

Each year, we collaborate with the Canadian Bar Association BC to organize public classes and other events during Law Week, and actively participate in other special educational events such as Make-a-Will week.

What we need

We’re looking for volunteers who are lawyers or notaries or who have other expertise to teach law-related classes. You must have:

  • Minimum two years’ experience as a lawyer, notary or other professional
  • Good oral communication and presentation skills in an educational environment, with a public audience
  • Time to invest in preparing for and delivering the class
  • Desire to help people

Note that we are focusing on these subject areas: consumer problems, money & debt, cars & other means of transportation, health law, housing (including problems with neighbours), wills & estates, and work.

The commitment

You must be willing to teach one class per year.

How to volunteer

Apply for this volunteer role.