WHO

WE ARE

"One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.”
​Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national, multiple-award-winning organization with chapters in 21 of Canada’s 23 law schools. The first pro bono organization in the country, PBSC has been working with law schools and the bar to deliver high-quality legal services for 20 years. We have extensive program expertise and experience designing award-winning access to justice placements that are recognized as having a significant impact on access to justice.

 

LAW STUDENTS

 SERVING THE

PUBLIC GOOD 

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The Queen’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada provides a wonderful opportunity for students to grow personally and professionally. This kind of experiential learning is invaluable for them—but their work is also invaluable for their clients. Students engaged in pro bono work carry forward a long-standing tradition at Queen’s Law, and indeed of the legal profession generally, of serving  the community by advancing the treasured ideal of ‘access to justice’.

Dean Mark Walters

By working with PBSC, you improve your skill set, you make very valuable contacts while networking, and most importantly, you enhance the reputation of the justice system.

Doing pro bono work is an investment in your own profession’s public credibility and reputation.

Justice Harvey Brownstone

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OUR

PROJECTS

Megan Dawson

As volunteers with the ID Clinic, we assist homeless and marginally housed individuals in the Kingston area in obtaining government issued identification including health cards, birth certificates and Ontario photo cards. Without the Clinic, many of our clients would not be in a position to easily obtain the forms or pay the processing fees required, preventing them from accessing essential services and resources that we may take for granted every day.
 

Through this experience, I have had the pleasure of working alongside two local lawyers who dedicate their time to serving our community. Working with these lawyers to interview and advise our clients has allowed me to develop many of the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer. Most importantly, I have gained a better understanding of how to effectively assist and communicate with clients from vulnerable populations.
 

As a student, volunteering with PBSC has made me recognize the importance of promoting access to justice and providing quality legal services to all clients, a sentiment I will hold throughout my professional career.

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"At the heart of Pro Bono is access to justice. Pro Bono is about putting the keys to justice directly into the hands of people who need it the most. That's why I consider all of you guardians of justice in our country - and why I believe your work is happening at a critical time."

Marie-Claude Landry

Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

PBSC

STATISTICS

 

EACH YEAR

Meet The Team

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National

 

"There is something incredibly inspiring and hopeful about working with large numbers of law students who are committed to using their legal qualifications to try to make their world a better place."

Nikki Gershbain

PBSC National Director 2010-2018

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GET INVOLVED

THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS DUE ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Download the forms below and find out more at our launch event!

PBSC STUDENT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

DUE 18/09/20 AT MIDNIGHT

PBSC STUDENT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

DUE 18/09/20 AT MIDNIGHT (identical to above application, only fill out one)

Note: You can only fill out the online application if you have a gmail account. If you do not have a gmail account please download and fill out the General PBSC Student Volunteer Application Form. Submit the form by emailing it to probono@queensu.ca. You do not need to submit the online application and the application form.

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It is important for law students to recognize that they have a privilege and an obligation to give back to those who are disadvantaged.

PBSC work is both socially rewarding and professionally valuable.

Nick Bala 

Professor, Queen's Faculty of Law

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OUR

EVENTS

JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS

Sep 07, 2020

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Joint Volunteer Information Session

Join us to learn more about our program and other great volunteer opportunities at Queen's Law! Pizza will be served.

Who? All 1L's are welcome

Where? TBD

Sep 20, 2019

1:00pm - 2:30pm

2019 PBSC Launch Event

Who? All Queen's Law Students, PBSC Supervising Lawyers and Community Organizations

Where? TBD

Come out and help us launch a new year of PBSC! Join us in listening to keynote speaker Kent Roach, Professor of Law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Professor Roach has won awards for his pro bono work and contributions to civil liberties. He has represented Aboriginal and civil liberties groups on many influential Canadian cases you will read about throughout law school! All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

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Sep 16, 2019

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Legal Ethics & Professionalism Training Session

Who? PBSC student volunteers

Where? Macdonald Hall, Room 201

Speakers to be announced

NOTE: Student volunteers must attend one of two Legal Ethics and Professionalism training sessions.

Sep 23, 2019

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Legal Ethics & Professionalism Training Session

Who? PBSC student volunteers

Where? Macdonald Hall, Room 201

Speakers to be announced

NOTE: Student volunteers must attend one of two Legal Ethics and Professionalism training sessions.

Oct 18, 2019

10:30AM - 3:30PM

Team Lead Drop-In Session

Who? Team Leads of PBSC Projects

Where? Macdonald Hall, PBSC Office, Room 104

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OUR SPONSORS

PBSC's work is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors.

PRINCIPAL FUNDER

LAW FIRM PARTNER

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IN KIND FACULTY SUPPORT

NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH PARTNERS

GET IN TOUCH

We'd love to hear from you

613-533-6000 ext. 74635

Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Macdonald Hall, 128 Union Street

Kingston, ON

K7L 3N6

 

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