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.

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 Windsor
“Lawyers are in a position to provide a fundamental service that most people will be in need of at some point in their lives. There is a growing need for social justice, and the PBSC program instilled this notion in not only me, but the entire student body.”
- Sonal Kulkarni, student, University of Windsor
McGill University
“The practical experience that I obtained through my PBSC placement at a women’s shelter helped frame the law in a human context—something I was not getting from the classroom. Leases take on a whole new light when a woman is sitting in front of you with two children and no place to go after an unlawful eviction.”
- Tiffany Boisvert, student, McGill University
University of Manitoba
“I couldn't be more pleased with the work from our University of Manitoba PBSC student, drafting case briefs on new human rights decisions for our educational programs. I haven't had to change a word!”
- Sarah Lugtig, former counsel, Manitoba Human Rights Commission
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
University of British Columbia
"I found my PBSC placement at Atira Women’s Resource Society to be an incredibly valuable experience in gaining problem solving and legal research skills. I got to work closely with my placement supervisor who was a great mentor and source of support during the project. I also enjoyed spending time at the Atira offices every week learning more about how the organization worked and many of the challenges they face working with women in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Volunteering with PBSC enabled me to pursue my passion of working with marginalized women while also developing my own professional skills"
- Alex Russell, Former PBSC Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Volunteer Appreciation Event with the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

PBSC is thrilled to welcome former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé on March 8 for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. As Justice L’Heureux-Dubé’s visit coincides with International Women’s Day, it is anticipated that she will deliver remarks on the Charter, equality rights, and women in the legal profession. McCarthy Tétrault’s National Practice Leader, […]