Who we are
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national multiple award-winning pro bono organization, with chapters in 21 law schools across the country. Our mandate is threefold:
(1) To train future lawyers by providing practical, supervised learning experiences for students;
(2) To increase access to justice for low-income individuals and non-profit organizations; and
(3) To promote a culture of pro bono in the profession.
What we do
Each academic year, PBSC USask places law students with community-based organizations, legal clinics and public interest groups that address the access to justice crisis. Each project is supervised by a practicing lawyer and provides students the opportunity to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to meet legal needs identified by community partners. As much as possible students are placed with projects that conform to their interests.
Types of projects available through PBSC:
- Legal research and the preparation of legal memoranda
- Drafting manuals and policy or background papers
- Public legal education, including presentations and writing brochures
- Support to lawyers working on pro bono cases
- Assisting clients at legal clinics
Projects are developed with our community partners over the summer. PBSC students volunteer 3-5 hours per week between September and March excluding exam periods and mid-term breaks.
If you are a community organization or lawyer that would like to be involved with PBSC please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBSC and the work that we do would not be possible without our skilled student volunteers, dedicated lawyer supervisors and generous funders.