Three law students speaking on campus

One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen

in my 40 years at the bar.

 Justice Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court of Canada (2017)

A TRU student holding up a sign that says "#probono"

THOMPSON RIVERS

UNIVERSITY

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University of Calgary PBSC students posing

UNIVERSITY OF

CALGARY

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University of Victoria PBSC students standing under a tree

UNIVERSITY OF  VICTORIA

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UBC students in a lecture hall

UNIVERSITY OF

BRITISH COLUMBIA

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PRO BONO PUBLICO | FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

PBSC has Chapters in virtually every law school in Canada. Our approach is both responsive and visionary: we work to close the justice gap today, while cultivating future pro bono thought leaders and champions across the country.

Our student-led Chapters pair motivated law students with local non-profit and community organizations to provide free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice. This includes research, public legal education, court assistance and legal clinics for unbundled or discrete issues. Our students work under the supervision of qualified, insured lawyers and notaries (Quebec), providing unparalleled learning and mentorship opportunities.

Student volunteers are recruited annually in late August or early September and undergo training on PBSC’s policies, intersectionality, anti-oppression and inclusive practices, and other specialized topics prior to commencing their placements in October.

Find your Chapter below to learn more and get involved.

University of Alberta students sitting around a board room table

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

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The atrium at the University of Saskatchewan

UNIVERSITY OF

SASKATCHEWAN

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UNIVERSITY OF
CALGARY
PBSC Manitoba Coordinators at a bake sale with PBSC balloons

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

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Lakehead University students posing for a picture

LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY

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PBSC U of T students sitting on the Jackman Law sign

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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Osgoode Hall PBSC students behind a podium

OSGOODE HALL

LAW SCHOOL

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A speaker addressing PBSC students at the University of Windsor

UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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A PBSC tote bag with "#probono" printed on it

WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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LINCOLN ALEXANDER SCHOOL OF LAW

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Queens University students posing for a picture

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY

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Laval PBSC students posing for a picture with Marie Claude Laundry

UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL

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U de M students posing for a picture

UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL

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University of Ottawa students listening to a speaker at a podium

UNIVERSITY OF  OTTAWA

(COMMON LAW)

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University of Ottawa students posing for a picture

UNIVERSITÉ D'OTTAWA

(DROIT CIVIL)

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McGill students in a lecture hall

MCGILL UNIVERSITY

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UQAM students in the audience at an event

UNIVERSITÉ DU QUEBEC

À MONTRÉAL

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UNIVERSITÉ DE

SHERBROOKE

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University of New Brunswick students posing for a picture

UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK

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Moncton PBSC student interviewing a speaker

UNIVERSITÉ DE MONCTON

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Marie Claude Landry addressing an audience from the podium in the Law Society of Ontario

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Our National Conference brings 40+ of Canada's brightest law students from across Canada to Toronto for cutting-edge leadership training, including anti-oppression, Indigenous cultural competency, and informed lawyering workshops. 

The Conference kicks off with a welcome dinner at the Law Society of Ontario, giving students the chance to network with top legal employers and access to justice trailblazers.

 

Recent keynote speakers include Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and Senator Kim Pate.