Rise currently offers legal services in family law, wills drafting, and immigration applications for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. We hope to expand these services in the future, so please check our site rgeularly.
Most of our services are delivered by full-time students from University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law – under the close supervision of our staff lawyers. Our students are available to take files during the fall, winter and summer academic terms. There are, however, transition periods between terms when students are not present, and therefore cannot work on client files.
Our student services are supplemented by volunteer lawyers and notaries who assist with providing summary advice and wills drafting.
All services are available by appointment only.
How We Can Help:
Summary advice means that a student or a volunteer lawyer can provide general and basic information about your legal rights, duties and options. However, students and lawyers cannot provide you with an in-depth assessment of your case during a summary appointment and may not be able to provide an opinion about your case’s outcome.
In some circumstances, our students can represent you in Provincial Court.
Unbundled Legal Services
“Unbundling” legal services means that lawyers take only certain parts of a client’s legal matter. Our students can assist with discrete legal tasks such as drafting court documents or separation agreements, conducting legal research, and providing written legal opinions or mediation briefs. We can provide unbundled services for both Provincial and Supreme Court, but we do not generally attend Supreme Court.
Rise provides a drop-in self-help centre to clients and non-clients, available during our office hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, excluding statutory holidays), equipped with a desktop computer, wireless internet, and a small (but growing) library of legal texts and printed resources. A brief list of online resources is available here.
Preparing for Court
A Rise student may be able to help you prepare for your court appearance so that you will have a better understanding of what to expect in court.
If Rise is unable to assist with your specific legal matter, we may be able to refer you to other appropriate services and organizations. Rise may also be able to help you apply for legal aid coverage if you are eligible.
How to Access Our Services
To request a consultation appointment, please click here to complete our online form. If you need help with the online form, or are unable to complete it for any reason, please email or call and we will be pleased to send you a printable (PDF) copy. You are also welcome to come to our office during business hours to complete an appointment request form, but please note that we cannot accommodate drop-in appointments.
Unfortunately the need for our legal services is far greater than their availability, and we almost always have a waitlist, although wait times vary. Once we receive an appointment request form, it is added to our waitlist according to the date on which it was received. We contact clients on an on-going basis as appointments become available, in the order that we receive their request forms.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about our legal services and our waitlist process.
Because Rise is a teaching clinic and our services are offered to align with the university academic calendar, there are transition periods between terms when our outgoing students have left, and our new students are undergoing training. Transition periods last between five and six weeks and no appointments are available at these times. Transition periods generally occur in April/May, August/September, and December each year.