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
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 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 de Moncton
“The New Brunswick Environmental Law Society (NBELS) clinic is a valuable asset for law students in New Brunswick. Students seeking to gain practical legal experience could not find a better place to invest their time.”
- Ève St-Laurent, University of Moncton PBSC Coordinator
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
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