Community Legal Services

CRIMINAL LAW: Community Legal Services (CLS) will be accepting new clients for criminal law matters starting the week of January 25, 2021. Please call 519-661-3352 for more information or to book an intake appointment.
FAMILY LAW: CLS will be offering Family Law legal information/advice and support sessions beginning in February, 2012. These “triage” sessions are offered to individuals with urgent family law or child protection matters. Please call 519-661-3352 for more information or to book an intake appointment for a triage meeting.
CIVIL LAW: CLS is not able to accept new clients for civil law matters at this time, as we are at full capacity. If you are not an existing client, but require civil law legal assistance, kindly visit our external legal resources page for a list of agencies who may be able to assist you. Please note that notarial services are also not being offered at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Legal Services (CLS) is among the most progressive legal clinics in Canada and a leader in the cause of access to justice. CLS is both a community legal clinic and a clinical education program, operated by the Faculty of Law at Western University and funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, Fanshawe Student Union, and Western's University Students Council and Faculty of Law.  

CLS provides free legal services to low-income people in the London community and to Fanshawe College and Western University students. Services are provided by over 125 law students per academic year, who work under the supervision of experienced staff lawyers. 
Please note: Due to provincial funding cuts, services have decreased. CLS is no longer offering Wills, POAs, Immigration Services or Criminal Injury Compensation Board (CICB) assistance, and have reduced current Criminal Law services.



Where to find us:

Parking is available in the Weldon Parking Lot beside the Law School.