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 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
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.
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)
University of Toronto
“As a volunteer for the PBSC Tax Advocacy Project, I was able to use my legal training to assist real clients who needed our help. The process of meeting with clients and opposing counsel, researching legal issues, and organizing our case was a valuable learning experience, and the most satisfying part was getting a favourable result for our client, who was very grateful for our efforts.”
-Taylor Cao
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
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