What We Do
Pro Bono Students Canada provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need in Canada. We are the only national law student program in Canada, the only national pro bono program in the country, and the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. PBSC has chapters at all 21 law schools in Canada. Together, our law student volunteers serve communities from coast to coast, working to increase and enhance access to justice by offering high quality, professional legal assistance. PBSC has three key objectives. First, to provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills. Second, we seek to have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono service to the next generation of lawyers. And third, we aim to increase access to justice across Canada.
Through our two core programs, PBSC seeks to deliver critically important legal services to a range of diverse populations, while engaging students with a variety of interests and from a number of different backgrounds. The Community Placement Program allows chapters to respond directly to needs in their local communities by matching students with legal clinics, public interest groups, government agencies and pro bono lawyers. The Court and Tribunal Program places trained law students in courthouses and tribunals across Canada, including as part of PBSC’s award-winning Family Law Project. Students work with duty counsel and other lawyers to provide free legal information and support to unrepresented litigants and complainants in a variety of legal areas.
Want to learn more? Check out our National Office Website!
Who We Are
Nicholas Picard, Program Coordinator (2019-2020 Full Year)
Nick graduated with a BA in Linguistics from UVic in 2013 and is in his second year of law school at the University of Victoria. He has studied design and fine art at various schools on the Island. He has volunteered as an events coordinator and as an art instructor. An avid cyclist and dedicated Victoria resident, Nick has also contributed to the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. He loves cats and board games. His passion for access to justice brought him to UVic Law in 2018.
Lauren Sutherland, Program Coordinator (2019-2020 School Year)
Lauren received her B.A. and M.A. Honours in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is looking forward to starting her second year of law school at the University of Victoria. While studying at the University of Toronto, Lauren worked as a staff writer for Munch magazine, an Editorial Associate for the Acta Victoriana literary journal and as an Editorial Intern for Flare magazine. Upon graduation, Lauren had the opportunity to work for York University as a Content and Student Outreach Specialist during the 2017 labour dispute. This experience developed her interest in the intersection between law, justice and language as force of social change. Lauren has previously volunteered as a Researcher with Pro Bono Students Canada. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and exploring B.C.’s beautiful outdoors.