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 Victoria
University of Victoria
“By connecting with community organizations in the Victoria area, PBSC student volunteers develop a pro bono ethic while providing much needed services to marginalized communities, thereby increasing access to justice. I am proud to be part of this terrific organization.”
- Richard Sobkiewicz, University of Victoria PBSC Coordinator 2009-2011
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
Toronto
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 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
Queens
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
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