Legal Services at CAMH - What We Do
CAMH's Legal Services department provides legal advice to CAMH staff, clinicians and management through its 8 in-house legal counsel) The advice provided is both general and specialized as the scope of legal issues at a complex organization such as CAMH is varied and wide. As in house counsel, we strive to be proactively involved in decision-making such that legal risk is avoided. Students working within Legal Services can expect to support our team in providing advice in any of the following areas:
- Clinical-legal matters
- Privacy Advice
- Requests for disclosure
- Regulated College matters
- Incident management and complaint response
- Legislative review and compliance
- Policy development & review
- Issues re clinical documentation
- Contract Review
- Research Agreement Review
- Corporate Legal Matters
- Police Interaction
- Corporate Governance
Other than the general areas mentioned above, CAMH Legal Services provides expert support in the following key areas:
Consent and Capacity Board Matters
Forensic Ontario Review Board Matters
Contract Drafting and Negotiation
Legal Services to CAMH’s Research Department
Students can expect to have focused training and experience in one or more of these areas.
Please note that CAMH’s Legal Services does not provide legal support to CAMH patients. Those services are provided by highly capable external lawyers.
Our Student Program
We have both a robust student program including an articling student program and a summer law student internship (May to August). These student positions attract students who are eager to have experience with a high calibre in-house department dedicated to supporting an internationally recognized psychiatric healthcare facility. Students play a key role in supporting the work of CAMH Legal Services. Although students will have exposure to all Legal Counsel, students will generally have more opportunity to provide support to Legal Counsel (Litigation) in their work before the Consent and Capacity Board and Ontario Review Board.
Our fully accredited articling student program has been in place since 2013. As required by the Law Society of Upper Canada, our program is 10 months in length usually beginning in August and ending in early June of each year. We provide supervision, mentoring, education and training in a client-focused work context. On top of the excellent legal experience offered to students and because CAMH is an academic health sciences centre, we work closely with CAMH’s Education Services to facilitate unique inter-professional learning opportunities for our students. Compensation offered to articling students is comparable to articling student salaries at government agencies and other public sector organizations.
Summer internships are offered to students interested in litigation/advocacy and/or corporate law. The positions are usually 11-14 weeks in length and are self-funded (fellowships/grants). We provide support in pursuing funding through available scholarships, grants and bursaries.
Articling Students: posting in late May with interviews taking place in August.
Summer Students: Posting in early October with interviews taking place in late November. We take into consideration the timing of the LSUC summer student recruitment processes when setting our specific deadlines.
* Please note that our practice is to only contact applicants who have been short listed for an interview.
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