Law Students Serving the Public Good
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national, multiple award-winning organization with chapters in 22 of Canada’s 23 law schools. PBSC matches law students with public interest organizations, government agencies, tribunals, legal clinics, and courts to deliver high-quality legal services. The goal of PBSC is to increase access to justice for underrepresented communities across Canada by offering free legal services in the form of public legal education, client intake and assistance, and legal research and writing.
PBSC By The Numbers
Student Volunteers Nation Wide
What is Pro Bono?
Pro Bono Students Canada is contributing to a society in which all legal needs are met, irrespective of income and without barriers resulting from social or economic characteristics.
Why Get Involved?
In today’s competitive employment market, participating in PBSC gives law students an edge. Not only will volunteering for PBSC make your resume stand out, more importantly, you are contributing to the Calgary community by assisting marginalized individuals and non-profit organizations.
Train Future Lawyers
Develop practical legal skills and supervised learning opportunities while working with community organizations and a national law firm.
Access to Justice
Apply what you learn in the classroom to assist low-income individuals and non-profit organizations in our community.
Network with members of the public legal interest sector in Calgary including lawyers, judges, government agencies, and tribunals.
Explore a variety of career options and increase your knowledge surrounding the access to justice crisis in our community.
Volunteer as a Student
Join 120+ student volunteers to gain legal experience and increase access to justice in our community.
The goal of PBSC is to provide much-needed services to underrepresented communities and organizations across Canada. By exposing law students to the value of pro bono work, PBSC aims to encourage the next generation of lawyers to make pro bono service an everyday part of their practice. By volunteering with PBSC UCalgary as a supervising lawyer, you can demonstrate to our student volunteers what it means to uphold the pro bono ethic.
By partnering with PBSC UCalgary, our law student volunteers can help you advance your organization’s mandate, increase your organization’s capacity, and obtain targeted and specialized assistance on legal issues.
Listen to the Hearsay Podcast
The Hearsay Podcast, is a public legal education podcast discussing hot topics like Zombie laws, the arrest process and rights during arrest, free legal services in Calgary, and wrongful dismissal. Each episode law students interview a legal expert on the topic and discuss the current state of the law in that area. This podcast is for educational purposes only and is not to be used as legal advice.
Access to Legal Resources on the Frontlines
It is no secret that certain groups are overrepresented within our criminal justice system. Overrepresentation suggests that sentencing is a discriminatory process (Jeffries & Bond, 2011). Yes, even in Canada. Today, racial discrimination and bias are at the forefront of our lives thanks to the Black Lives Matter Movement. When entering law school, I had no idea what path I would take, but I knew I was passionate about justice and equity. Prior to law school I had worked with Indigenous Communities in and around Alberta on the current opioid crisis, which has roots in historical and ongoing colonialism. In my first year of Law at the University of Calgary I volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), and was placed on the Indigenous Legal Education Project. Under the guidance of Thomas Heine and Aron Csaplaros, and in partnership with Sarah Sinclair and Lana Garcelon at Calgary Legal Guidance, I created legal resources. One example of such resources was a pamphlet explaining how an Indigenous person who attended a Federal Indian Day School can participate in a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada. The second resource I created were wallet cards that outline your basic legal rights when you are approached by an officer.
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