Are You Representing Yourself in Family Court?

The Queen’s Family Law Clinic (QFLC) helps people with low income who cannot afford lawyers.


The QFLC is funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in partnership with the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, with additional support from Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) and the class of Law’81.


Student caseworkers and volunteers work under the supervision of the Director to provide services to low-income clientele including some who, for a number of reasons, may not be otherwise eligible for LAO assistance with Family Court matters.


The QFLC assists self-representing Family Court litigants by completing their documents, helping them negotiate the Family Court process and referring them to other family justice resources. In addition to their work with Clinic clientele, QFLC students attend Family Court throughout the year to facilitate client access to QFLC services and to assist LAO-funded duty counsel and advice counsel as they provide enhanced duty counsel services.


For student caseworkers, work in the Clinic is part of a credit program that also includes assignments and a weekly class. With paid summer positions for two students, the Clinic provides year-round service to its clientele as well as an opportunity for a small number of students to have a more intensive work experience. The QFLC volunteer program provides educational opportunities, creates student-mentor relationships and increases service to Clinic clientele.