Pro Bono Students Canada

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a multiple award-winning law student program that provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need in Canada. PBSC has chapters at all 21 law schools in Canada. Each year, PBSC provides over 1600 law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills by serving over 450 organizations from coast to coast.  PBSC volunteers increase access to justice in Canada by providing high quality, professional legal assistance to vulnerable populations and individuals.  By exposing law students to the value of pro bono service, PBSC aims to encourage the next generation of lawyers to make pro bono service an everyday part of their practice.

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Osgoode Hall (York University)
“As a PBSC Osgoode student, I learned how to work with real clients, conduct effective legal research, and draft concise, persuasive facta. I was so impressed with my experience that I applied to be a Program Coordinator, and am now looking forward to creating these amazing opportunities for my classmates!”
- Ye Xia, student, Osgoode Hall
University of Saskatchewan
“My experience as a PBSC coordinator has shown me how much law students can do to support their communities and I am eager to see how our contributions as lawyers will influence access to justice in the years to come.”
- Azure-Dee Farago, University of Saskatchewan PBSC Coordinator 2005-2007
University of Calgary
“Through PBSC, I have had the pleasure of working with talented and enthusiastic University of Calgary law students. Less fortunate Calgarians have been helped, students have learned what it is like to practice law, and lawyers have received welcome help and the energy that comes from working with young people.”
- Douglas Yoshida, lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Calgary
University of Toronto
“As a volunteer for the PBSC Tax Advocacy Project, I was able to use my legal training to assist real clients who needed our help. The process of meeting with clients and opposing counsel, researching legal issues, and organizing our case was a valuable learning experience, and the most satisfying part was getting a favourable result for our client, who was very grateful for our efforts.”
-Taylor Cao
University of Western Ontario
“The PBSC and Ivey business students who worked with us through the PINSS (Pro Bono Ivey Non-Profit Support Services) project provided us with ample information and analysis to help us deal with the key decisions our Society must make over the next two years.”
- Earle Taylor, Vice President, Great Lakes Blues Society
University of Ottawa (Common Law)
“Without seeming too corny or idealistic, it’s rewarding to know that my volunteer work with PBSC is furthering a cause which I believe can only be beneficial for all Canadians.”
- Carl O’Brien, student, University of Ottawa (Common Law)