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
  • Serve as a judge during our mock civil or criminal trials, where you will observe and give feedback to students on their criminal examinations-in-chief or cross-examination advocacy skills.
  • Write or update a topic area of the Practice Material, working closely with the Practice Material Editor. Material is updated annually.

Volunteer requirements

In order to be a PLTC volunteer you must:

  • be a practising lawyer;
  • have at least three years of practice experience;
  • be willing to volunteer a minimum of a half a day per year; and
  • be enthusiastic 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
  • 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 or author, please send your updated curriculum vitae to the Acting Director, Meghan Maddigan, at