Welcome to Rise Women's Legal Centre

We are a community legal centre providing accessible legal services that are responsive to the unique needs of self-identifying women. Rise clients are often caught in the gap between being ineligible for legal services yet unable to afford legal representation. We offer unbundled legal services in the area of family law, and can also assist with some immigration matters.

Rise is the result of a partnership between the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC and West Coast LEAF. Most of the services offered at Rise are provided by upper-year law students, under the close supervision of Rise’s staff lawyers. We also offer legal support to family law advocates, transition house workers, and settlement workers.

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Welcome to Rise Women's Legal Centre

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About Us

Learn about Rise’s history, who we serve, and why we focus on family law.

Our People

The team at Rise is made up of a dedicated group of staff and board members.

Our Students

Rise’s trained and supervised law students offer a range of legal services while gaining knowledge and practical skills.


Common questions about our services and about requesting assistance.

Support Us

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Our office is located on unceded territory of the
Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

During the current health crisis, our staff is working remotely and we are unable to check our postal mail or other deliveries.
Please send any documents via email or fax, rather than Canada Post or courier.

516 Richards St
Vancouver, BC V6B 3A2

Clients and Potential Clients:
[email protected]

General & Administrative Inquiries: 
[email protected]

Fax: 604-304-4072


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Accessibility & Comfort at Rise

Rise strives to be inclusive and accessible for our clients and visitors. The clinic is at street level (no steps at all) and has a ramp with handrail immediately inside the front entrance, leading to the office space. The main entry has 2 doors that are 35.5" wide each, for a total entry of 71 inches when they are both opened. The ramp to the offices is 57" wide. Our office is equipped with an accessible restroom whose dimensions are sufficiently spacious to be compliant with the BC Building Code. The interior doors to the restroom are 35" wide, and the hall leading to it is minimum 37" wide.

Please note that Rise is a dog-friendly office, and there is regularly at least one small- to medium-sized dog present. The dogs almost never enter the client spaces, they usually remain in their owners' private offices, but if you have severe allergies or other concerns, please advise us at the time of booking your visit and we will do whatever we can to accommodate you.


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Please use this form to contact us if you are unable to email us safely. 



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