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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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
Windsor
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
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
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
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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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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