Volunteering for PLTC

The Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) values the outstanding volunteer commitment of hundreds of practising lawyers who serve as guest instructors in the classroom and as authors for the Practice Material. These volunteers supplement the efforts of our full-time instructors and staff. 

Guest instructors offer PLTC students their valuable, first-hand knowledge and expertise, which becomes an integral part of the students' legal education.

Volunteer opportunities

  • Become a guest instructor to a group of 20 students for one three-hour interactive lesson.
  • Give a one to two-hour lecture to a larger group of students in your preferred area of practice.
  • Serve as a judge for a morning and give feedback to students on their Criminal Examinations-in-Chief or Cross-Examination Advocacy skills exercises or for a full day on their Mock Civil Trial.
  • Author or update a topic area of the Practice Material, working closely with the Practice Material Editor to update the material annually.

Volunteer requirements

  • Practising lawyer.
  • Three years of practice experience.
  • Willing to volunteer a minimum of half a day per year.
  • Enthusiasm about teaching your area of law.

Benefits of being a volunteer

  • An opportunity to serve the profession.
  • Recognition and appreciation from students, colleagues, PLTC faculty and Law Society staff.
  • Enhanced expertise in a practice area.
  • Detailed lesson plans, notes and readings provided in advance.
  • An opportunity to meet other volunteers.
  • Formal recognition on the Law Society website and its written publication.
  • CPD credit for writing, teaching and preparation.

Subject areas for which volunteers are needed

  • Mediation
  • Buying and selling a business
  • Civil trial advocacy
  • Corporate practice
  • Criminal advocacy
  • Family practice
  • Personal property security
  • Wills

Sign up to be a volunteer

To volunteer to be a guest instructor, please contact Meghan Maddigan, PLTC Deputy Director. Please state the subject areas you are volunteering to teach and the PLTC session or sessions for which you are available:

To volunteer to be an author, please contact Katie McConchie.