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. 

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 Calgary
University of Calgary
“Through PBSC, I have had the pleasure of working with talented and enthusiastic University of Calgary law students. Less fortunate Calgarians have been helped, students have learned what it is like to practice law, and lawyers have received welcome help and the energy that comes from working with young people.”
- Douglas Yoshida, lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Calgary
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)
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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
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
Sask temp
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