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
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
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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
Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
“Our PBSC student volunteers from Dalhousie University took on two challenging research assignments. Overall, both students impressed me with their work ethic, analysis, and ability to take initiative. Hands down, two of the best pro bono students I have ever worked with!”
- Supervising lawyer, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
University of New Brunswick
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
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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
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