"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.
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
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.
"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."
Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
"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."
PBSC National Director 2010-2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to submit the online application and the application form.
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.
Professor, Queen's Faculty of Law
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