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. We are the only national law student program in Canada, the only national pro bono program in the country, and the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. PBSC has chapters at all 21 law schools in Canada. Each year, PBSC provides about 1600 law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills by serving over 400 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. 

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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.
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
Windsor
University of Windsor
“Lawyers are in a position to provide a fundamental service that most people will be in need of at some point in their lives. There is a growing need for social justice, and the PBSC program instilled this notion in not only me, but the entire student body.”
- Sonal Kulkarni, student, University of Windsor
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University of British Columbia
“PBSC has played a central role in shaping my law school experience. In first year I volunteered for an organization that needed legal resources for athletes, which led to me later being elected to its Board of Directors. I’ve now been appointed to a provincial task force on sport dispute resolution, and am doing research for the professor who supervised my initial sport law project. On top of this, I’m the local PBSC Coordinator!"
- Kalie McCrystal, PBSC-UBC Chapter
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)