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.

Queen’s University
“Our family court—the biggest and busiest family court in the country—would not be able to function half as well without the assistance of the PBSC students.”
- Justice Harvey Brownstone, North Toronto Family Court, Queen’s LL.B. 1980
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
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
Université de Montréal
“My PBSC placement with the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association gave me to opportunity to conduct research for a submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The experience really opened my eyes to what life as an international criminal lawyer is like.”
- Kathrin Felicitas Peter, student, Université de Montréal
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.
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