Youth Law @ The Alex

Youth Law at The Alex (formerly CLERC) provides legal information and education throughout Alberta, to youth 19 years of age or under. 

We help young people get a lawyer to deal with:

  • family issues (e.g., visitation and residency matters, child support, independent living questions, adoption and pregnancy matters and arranged marriages)
  • employment questions
  • landlord and tenant questions
  • human rights issues
  • school issues
  • guardianship questions
  • independent living

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General Interests

Mission Statement


To provide legal advice and representation directly to vulnerable children and youth while building our community’s capacity to protect their legal rights by providing information, education and training.


All children and youth in Calgary and Alberta understand their legal rights, have access to justice, and are significant participants in decisions affecting their lives.


Children and youth are by definition vulnerable and should be treated with respect and dignity.

Young people have a right to be heard and to participate in decisions affecting them as this is critical to their development, and to them becoming effective participants in society.

All children and youth are entitled to legal advice, information and representation.

We are inclusive and view our work from a holistic perspective.

We use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to guide and underpin our work.