A National Organization: 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 22 law schools across Canada. Each year, about 1,600 PBSC volunteers provide approximately 140,000 hours of free legal services to over 400 organizations, courts and tribunals across the country. PBSC partners with hundreds of public interest organizations, legal clinics and lawyers working on pro bono files. PBSC regularly creates projects in the following areas of the law: administrative, civil, constitutional, corporate non-profit, criminal, environmental, family, human rights, immigration and refugee, and all areas of poverty law. 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:
- Provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills
- Have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono service to the next generation of lawyers
- Increase access to justice across Canada
Want to learn more? Check out the video below and our National Office Website!
The Pro Bono Students Canada UVic Chapter was founded in 2004 and provides free legal support to people and communities across British Columbia, with a focus on communities in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. Volunteering with PBSC-UVic has become an integral part of many UVic law students’ educational experience. In recent years, between 50-80 law students have volunteered with PBSC-UVic annually. We partner with public interest organizations in our communities every year and have developed long-standing relationships with a number of well-established community organizations. We run a number of different volunteer projects to support our communities, including: legal research and writing (drafting memos), public legal education (creating resources and presentations) and clinics (supporting folks accessing different services). Check out our Projects page for more information on this years partner organizations and placements!
Kira Lagadin, Program Coordinator (2022-2023 Full Year)
Kira (she/her) was born in Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, Alberta). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing, from the University of Calgary. Prior to beginning law school, Kira was a project manager at a marketing agency in Calgary, where she worked with several non-profit organizations. Kira became interested in the impact of intergenerational trauma and the importance of trauma-informed care in this role, which has since translated to a passion for access to justice initiatives. She hopes to apply these learnings to her eventual practice as a lawyer, and in the Summer and School Year Coordinator role with PBSC.
Brooklynn Malec, Program Coordinator (2022-2023 School Year)
Brooklynn (she/her) was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK (Treaty 6 Territory). She earned a BHSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Calgary and spent time during her undergraduate studies providing peer support at the UCalgary Q Centre, a safe space for LGBTQIA2S+ students. Brooklynn now volunteers with the PBSC Trans ID Clinic. She is looking forward to continuing her involvement in PBSC as the 2022-2023 PBSC School Year Program Coordinator. PBSC was the highlight of Brooklynn’s first year of law school, and she is excited about the opportunity to facilitate that experience for other students. In her spare time, Brooklynn enjoys hiking, knitting, foraging, and learning French.
The operations of PBSC UVic are supported by our onsite faculty supervisor, Steve Perks.