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.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLTC has temporarily suspended its guest instructor program. Please check this web page for future updates regarding this suspension.

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 Acting 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.