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 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
University of Saskatchewan
“My experience as a PBSC coordinator has shown me how much law students can do to support their communities and I am eager to see how our contributions as lawyers will influence access to justice in the years to come.”
- Azure-Dee Farago, University of Saskatchewan PBSC Coordinator 2005-2007
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
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Osgoode Hall (York University)
“As a PBSC Osgoode student, I learned how to work with real clients, conduct effective legal research, and draft concise, persuasive facta. I was so impressed with my experience that I applied to be a Program Coordinator, and am now looking forward to creating these amazing opportunities for my classmates!”
- Ye Xia, student, Osgoode Hall
Université de Montréal
“My PBSC placement with the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association gave me to opportunity to conduct research for a submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The experience really opened my eyes to what life as an international criminal lawyer is like.”
- Kathrin Felicitas Peter, student, Université de Montréal
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