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
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
Western temp
University of Western Ontario
“The PBSC and Ivey business students who worked with us through the PINSS (Pro Bono Ivey Non-Profit Support Services) project provided us with ample information and analysis to help us deal with the key decisions our Society must make over the next two years.”
- Earle Taylor, Vice President, Great Lakes Blues Society
Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
“Our PBSC student volunteers from Dalhousie University took on two challenging research assignments. Overall, both students impressed me with their work ethic, analysis, and ability to take initiative. Hands down, two of the best pro bono students I have ever worked with!”
- Supervising lawyer, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Sherbrooke
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 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