One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen
in my 40 years at the bar.
- Justice Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court of Canada (2017)
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.
Our National Conference brings together 40+ of Canada's brightest law students from across Canada for cutting-edge leadership training, including anti-oppression, Indigenous cultural competency, and informed lawyering workshops.
Recent keynote speakers include Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, Michèle Taïna Audette, Senior Advisor on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education at Laval University and former Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and Senator Kim Pate.