Pro Bono Students Canada
Pro Bono Students Canada provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need in Canada. It is the only national law student program in Canada with chapters at 22 of the nation's law schools and was the first pro bono program to have been founded in Canada. PBSC and law student volunteers work together to serve communities from coast to coast, striving to increase access to justice by offering high quality, professional legal assistance in a variety of capacities to those who need it most.
Of the 22 PBSC chapters nationwide, PBSC Osgoode is proud to have consistently been the largest chapter in terms of volume of project offerings and student volunteers. The quantity and sheer ambition of the projects we offer has only solidified their quality; in fact, 97% of student volunteers in 2019 recommended a PBSC placement to their peers.
Looking ahead to 2021/2022, the Osgoode Chapter is looking to rise to challenge presented by pandemic and break new ground on exciting, innovative projects in areas of the law we had yet to engage with until now. As always, our projects allow you the opportunity to develop your legal skills, increase access to justice, and have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono services to your generation of future lawyers.
Legal Volunteerism during COVID-19
We recognize that the global pandemic has brought upon unique challenges among every individual and sector of society. Much of the work students will complete this upcoming academic year will be directly related to the access to justice issues Canadians are facing during the pandemic. This year, PBSC Osgoode's main priority is to ensure the safety of our student volunteers. Every single project this year, as well as all events coordinated by the PBSC Osgoode team, will be completed remotely. Some projects may introduce in-person opportunities in the Winter, however, these will always be optional and will be recommended only if public health policy and university directives allow.