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.

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