The Director of Student Advocacy and University Affairs manages the Student Advocacy Office, supervising and mentoring the other nineteen Student Advocates affiliated with the Office. The Director is responsible for knowing the details of every case and retains the authority to decide how to proceed in any case. The most sensitive cases are undertaken by the Director personally. The Director is also involved in the governance of the Student Advocacy Office, representing it on the LICM Board of Directors and chairing the Student Advocacy Committee. The Director works full time in the summer and part-time during the school year, keeping office hours on top of his or her other responsibilities.
The Director is chosen early in the winter semester from amongst the junior advocates who have applied for the position. However, their directorship does not commence until the winter exam period has finished.
*** The Director must be eligible for the McGill Law Legal Clinic Course ***
Four Senior Advocates share the task of running the Office with the Director, one of which works full-time in the summer and all of which keep office hours throughout the academic year. The role also requires Senior Advocates to remain available outside of their office hours to both attend meetings and hearings with students and mentor Junior Advocates. The most difficult and work-intensive cases are assigned to the Senior Advocates. As they make regular appearances before McGill’s most formal tribunals, the Committee on Student Discipline and the Committee on Student Grievances, they devote much of their time to both developing arguments and editing factums with the goal of advancing the interest of the students they advise.
The four seniors are recruited near the end of the winter semester for the following academic year—one will work full time in the summer with the Director. Applicants to the Senior Advocate position need not have been a Junior Advocate—relevant experience is considered in the selection process.
*** Senior Advocates must be eligible for the McGill Law Legal Clinic Course ***
Junior Advocates help students resolve disputes informally where possible, advancing their interests before formal tribunals when necessary. They also frequently accompany students to meetings with McGill Disciplinary Officer for support and to ensure that the appropriate procedures are followed. Junior Advocates choose their caseload based on their interests and their desired level of engagement. Some take one or two cases a year, others ten or more. The most engaged Junior Advocates receive the Director’s Award in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment to the Student Advocacy Office.
Fifteen Junior Advocates are recruited in September from amongst McGill Law students who have completed at least one year of legal studies. After receiving training, they will volunteer for a duration of one academic year.