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
  • 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 Deputy Director, Meghan Maddigan, at