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!
Lisa Harris, Program Coordinator (2020-2021 Full Year)
Lisa will be taking on the role of Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator starting in May 2019. Lisa has her BSc and MSc from the University of Guelph in Aquatic Ecology where she studied the carbon uptake of aquatic plants. She has worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources and is passionate about volunteering on environmental projects including fieldwork on wood thrush and endangered freshwater mussels. Lisa currently volunteers with PBSC and the Canadian Environmental Law Association and is dedicated to access to justice and work in the public interest sector. She values trauma informed practice and works to create accessible spaces.
She recently worked in program design and management in the rock climbing industry and is a passionate educator. She has won a teaching assistance award for her work designing class experiments with bumble bees.
In her spare time she loves to get outside and hike, camp, and rock climb. She is so excited to work with the amazing team at PBSC!
Laura Bullock, Program Coordinator (2020-2021 School Year)
Laura Bullock will be the PBSC School-Year Program Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year. Laura is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed her BA (Hon) in English at Acadia University. Before coming to UVic Law, Laura shared her passions for the natural world and environmental justice with children, youth, and families by working for a variety of earth education organizations across Nova Scotia. During her undergraduate degree, Laura promoted student wellness and success in her capacities as a Residence Assistant and Writing Centre Tutor and volunteered for four years with youth affected by cognitive disabilities. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and petting strangers’ dogs. Laura volunteered for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre through PBSC in her 1L year and is so excited to become further involved with PBSC-UVic! Laura’s upcoming role with PBSC will involve recruiting and supporting student volunteers, communicating with community organizations and lawyer supervisors, and planning events.
The operations of PBSC UVic are supported by our onsite faculty supervisors, Professors Brad Bryan and Patricia Cochran, as well as the team at PBSC National office.