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. We are the only national law student program in Canada, the only national pro bono program in the country, and the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. PBSC has chapters at all 21 law schools in Canada. Each year, PBSC provides about 1600 law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills by serving over 400 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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Université Laval
“Pro bono is the soul of justice and the nobility of the profession.”
- Justice Claire l'Heureux-Dubé, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, speaking to PBSC Students.
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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
Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
“Our PBSC student volunteers from Dalhousie University took on two challenging research assignments. Overall, both students impressed me with their work ethic, analysis, and ability to take initiative. Hands down, two of the best pro bono students I have ever worked with!”
- Supervising lawyer, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
UQAM
Université du Québec à Montréal
"Pro Bono UQÀM m'a permis d'acquérir des connaissances pratiques, surtout au niveau des litiges en droits de la personne. Mon engagement dans mon organisme communautaire m'a donné envie de poursuivre mon implication dans le droit d'intérêt public et pour l'amélioration de l'accès à la justice!"
- Lili Dao, étudiante, Pro Bono UQÀM
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University of British Columbia
“PBSC has played a central role in shaping my law school experience. In first year I volunteered for an organization that needed legal resources for athletes, which led to me later being elected to its Board of Directors. I’ve now been appointed to a provincial task force on sport dispute resolution, and am doing research for the professor who supervised my initial sport law project. On top of this, I’m the local PBSC Coordinator!"
- Kalie McCrystal, PBSC-UBC Chapter
University of Ottawa
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)