Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC)
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, and the first pro bono program to have been founded in Canada. PBSC has chapters at 22 law schools in Canada. Together, our law student volunteers serve communities from coast to coast, working to increase access to justice by offering high quality, professional legal assistance. PBSC has three key objectives:
- To provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills;
- To have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bonoservice to the next generation of lawyers; and
- To increase access to justice across Canada.
The PBSC Osgoode Chapter is about to embark on the most ambitious year of its 20-year history. Having placed 87 student volunteers with 23 partner organizations in 2016 – 2017, the Chapter is on course to place 140 student volunteers in 40 projects with 36 partner organizations across Toronto.
New PBSC Osgoode Chapter partnerships will place law student volunteers from Osgoode with organizations assisting racialized Canadians and newcomers, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ+ Canadians and elderly Canadians. This expansion aligns with Osgoode Hall’s strategic plans by increasing community engagement and access to justice. These new partnerships also build on PBSC’s solid foundation of supporting access to justice for vulnerable Canadians and the PBSC National Office’s focus on building new partnerships with Indigenous Peoples.