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Professional legal advice

*January 2020: Unfortunately we are unable to offer professional legal consultations at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to return to providing this service as soon as possible. We encourage students needing legal advice/services to contact Dalhousie Legal Aid. 

The Dalhousie Student Union retains the services of local lawyers to provide legal consultations to our members in the Fall and Winter terms (during the summer, students are referred to Dalhousie Legal Aid). Every Friday afternoon, 20-minute appointments are booked for students from 1pm until 4pm. Phone (902) 494-1106 or email to book an appointment.

  • Students are entitled to one consultation per semester. If extra space is available students may be able to book more than one appointment per semester if necessary.
  • Appointments can be booked for any given Friday up until Thursday of that week at noon. Appointments requested after this time can be booked for the following Friday.
  • When booking appointments, please mention if any documents need to be notarized so that we can advise the lawyers to bring the necessary items to perform notary services.
  • Students will come to the DSU Office Front Desk on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building for their appointment.

Dalhousie Legal Aid

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service has been in operation since 1970 when it began as a summer project out of the former Halifax Neighbourhood Centre.  It was the first legal Service for poor people in Nova Scotia and is the oldest clinical law program in Canada.  In fact, it is the only community law clinic in Nova Scotia.  The Clinic is a unique partnership of community groups, law students, community legal workers and lawyers working together.

In addition, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service does community outreach, education, organizing, lobbying and test case litigation to combat injustices affecting persons with low incomes in Nova Scotia.  Community groups and community based agencies with mandates to fight poverty and injustice may apply for legal advice, assistance, and community development and education services.  We offer advocacy workshops and legal information sessions.  We work with other groups to lobby the government on social assistance policy and other policies negatively affecting persons with low incomes. 

We provide third year law students with an intensive learning opportunity.

Contact Legal Aid

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service

2209 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS    B3K 3B5
Phone:  902-423-8105
Fax:  902-422-8067
email:  (Please note that we do not provide legal advice by email)



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