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 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
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
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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
Moncton
Université de Moncton
“The New Brunswick Environmental Law Society (NBELS) clinic is a valuable asset for law students in New Brunswick. Students seeking to gain practical legal experience could not find a better place to invest their time.”
- Ève St-Laurent, University of Moncton PBSC Coordinator
UdeM temp
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