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 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
Université de Sherbrooke
“La directrice de l’organisme portait une grande confiance en nous. Elle partageait ses moments de joie et ceux plus difficiles, elle se montrait communicative et nous faisait sentir que notre travail était grandement apprécié. Cette première relation professionnelle aura été agréablement et extrêmement enrichissante.”
- Alexandra Archambault, étudiante, Universite de Sherbrooke
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 Victoria
“By connecting with community organizations in the Victoria area, PBSC student volunteers develop a pro bono ethic while providing much needed services to marginalized communities, thereby increasing access to justice. I am proud to be part of this terrific organization.”
- Richard Sobkiewicz, University of Victoria PBSC Coordinator 2009-2011
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 Ottawa (Civil Law)
“PBSC teaches law students to become responsible members of the legal profession and to become lawyers who care about access to justice. It does so by helping community groups achieve their goals and meet their legal needs. CCLA could not operate without PBSC, and we are thankful every day for the support that we get from their students! ”
-Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association