Pro Bono Students Canada

Legal Aid Ontario

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Legal Aid Ontario funds the operation of a PBSC summer Family Law Project at courthouses in Kingston, London, North York, Toronto and Brampton. PBSC also runs a Family Law Project during the school year at almost every law school in Ontario, complementing the LAO-funded summer program. LAO has been supporting the PBSC summer Family Law Project for many years. The project places law students in the courthouses full-time, where they assist unrepresented litigants with completing forms, preparing documents for presentation to the court, and providing other legal information. The LAO-funded Family Law Project in Ontario is one of the most established student family law programs in the country, and has been disseminated and emulated across Canada. The Family Law Project has been recognized with two prestigious legal awards—a Lexpert Zenith Award and a Canadian National Pro Bono Award. LAO’s mandate is to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals by means of providing consistently high quality legal aid services in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Nearly 4,000 Ontarians are helped by LAO services every day through a toll-free telephone service, enhanced web resources and courthouse locations. LAO funds a network of 77 community legal clinics, 13 of which provide specialty services for issues such as tenant rights, immigration and workplace safety. LAO also funds six Student Legal Aid Services Societies which allow volunteer law students to provide supervised legal advice and representation.