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. 

Queens
Queen’s University
“Our family court—the biggest and busiest family court in the country—would not be able to function half as well without the assistance of the PBSC students.”
- Justice Harvey Brownstone, North Toronto Family Court, Queen’s LL.B. 1980
Manitoba
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
University of Alberta
University of Alberta
“I have no doubt that the demand for the PBLA-PBSC Duty Counsel project in Edmonton will continue to grow and grow. My last client said as he left at four pm: ‘I really had been losing faith in the legal system and did not think much of lawyers. You guys today really turned me around.’ Made my day!”
- Brian Summers
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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 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)
Moncton
Université de Moncton
“The New Brunswick Environmental Law Society (NBELS) clinic is a valuable asset for law students in New Brunswick. Students seeking to gain practical legal experience could not find a better place to invest their time.”
- Ève St-Laurent, University of Moncton PBSC Coordinator