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Pro Bono Students Canada
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is the world’s only national pro bono student organization. Across Canada, at 21 chapters and their associated law schools, PBSC programs engage over 1,500 law students seeking to combine their legal education with public service. Supported by the PBSC National Office in Toronto and supervised by hundreds of volunteer lawyers, PBSC volunteers pursue greater access to justice through pro bono legal services. PBSC chapters assist public interest organizations, community groups, government agencies, legal clinics, lawyers and law firms working pro bono, and unrepresented litigants in legal matters in and out of Court.
The University of Alberta Chapter of PBSC was founded in 1999 and joined Student Legal Services in 2001. The chapter and its Coordinator, together with volunteer lawyers and organization partners, provide pro bono legal services according to both the missions of both SLS and PBSC. The chapter's current projects include:
- Short Term Research Projects: In partnership with a variety of local non-profit, public interest and community organizations, and under the supervision of volunteer lawyers, student volunteers provide pro bono legal research and writing on a wide range of areas of law.
- Civil Claims Duty Counsel: A drop-in legal clinic, located in the Provincial Court, organized in partnership with Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). Duty counsel provides summary legal advice and other assistance, free of charge, to litigants and the public on their small claims matters, assisting over one-hundred people every month.
- Alberta Human Rights Commission Project: The chapter's pilot casework project, created in partnership with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Under careful supervision by volunteer lawyers, students assist qualified applicants with their matters in Commission.