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 New Brunswick
“The best part of the Family Law Legal Information Project (FLLIP) at UNB is that our clients get to sit with someone for up to two hours who actually spends the time explaining legal concepts. Having access to somebody who can explain a certain legal term or concept means a lot.”
- Kathy Moulton, founder of FLLIP and University of New Brunswick PBSC Coordinator 2009-2010
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 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 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
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
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