Pro Bono Students Canada

UVic Encourages Alumni to Become PBSC Lawyer Supervisors

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Vistas, The UVic Law Alumni Magazine, Spring 2014

Considering Pro Bono? Already Engaged in Pro Bono Work? Boost the Benefits by Becoming a Lawyer Supervisor for UVic Law Pro Bono Students Canada

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) matches law student volunteers with community organizations in need of legal services. Last year, with the generous support of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, PBSC-UVic developed 23 projects, placing 45 student volunteers with 19 different community organizations on Vancouver Island. We are excited to plan for next year!

The organization’s mandate is three-fold: to increase access to justice, to provide law students with practical experiences in the legal profession, and to instill a lasting pro bono ethic in the next generation of Canadian lawyers.

We need your help to fulfill this mandate! As a Lawyer Supervisor, you will have the opportunity to mentor young law students while leveraging the time you already devote to pro bono endeavors by
directing the work of enthusiastic and energetic law students. Lawyer Supervisors often oversee projects
remotely, allowing for greater efficiency.

PBSC student volunteers can also assist in researching and writing legal memos, preparing documents, as well as appearing in legal or administrative proceedings. All prospective placements may be for one or more students, and may include requirements for specific experience or courses.

Insured lawyers are an important requirement of the PBSC–UVic program and offer an invaluable resource
to students. Supervising lawyers are asked to provide guidance on student projects, review and approve drafts of student work and commit up to 5 hours per academic term to the project they are supervising.

If you would like more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity, please contact Kayleigh Harrison, Program Coordinator for PBSC-UVic 2014-2015, at pbsc.uvic@gmail.com.

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