Information for Student Volunteers

Student placements in the Pro Bono Students Canada Project provide you with the chance to do real legal work for individuals and organizations otherwise unable to afford the assistance of a lawyer. You can expect to practice and develop your legal research, writing  and analytical skills, as well as the “soft” skills of client interviewing, counselling and management. Placements are developed in partnership with organizations in the community, making much of the PBSC Project's work unique from year to year.

 

As a volunteer for a PBSC project, you can expect to work three to five hours a week doing legal research and writing, assisting duty counsel at the Courts, or casework advocacy, depending on your specific project. The PBSC Coordinator will also ensure, wherever possible, that other students will work with you on your project. 1L students are paired with upper-year students on PBSC projects wherever possible.

 

As a PBSC Project volunteer, you will be expected to:

  • Attend a mandatory WestLaw training session. 
  • Attend meetings as scheduled by the PBSC Coordinator and the leader of your project.
  • Meet with your organization and supervising lawyer for instructions and advice.
  • Submit your final research to your supervising lawyer for review.
  • Submit a final copy of your project's work to the PBSC Coordinator in March.

 

How do I get involved with PBSC?

  1. Fill out both a Student Legal Services Membership Application and a Pro Bono Students Canada Application. These will be available early in September once classes begin.
  2. Remember to check off the “Pro Bono” section. This will not preclude you from joining other divisions such as Criminal, Civil or Legal Education/ Legal Reform.
  3. Hand in, fax or email both applications to the PBSC Coordinator at Emily Murphy House on campus.
  4. The PBSC Coordinator will use the informaton outlined in your application to match you with an organization. Students will be contacted by the Coordinator by email  regarding their placements.
  5. Attend the mandatory training seminar in September to meet your student group and to receive the outline of your specific projects. 

 

Contact SLS

Administration Office

(780)-492-2226
(Mon. - Fri.: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Criminal Law Project

(780)-425-3356 (Downtown)

Civil/Family Law Project

(780)-492-8244

Legal Education / Reform Project

(780)-492-2227

Pro Bono Students Canada, U of A chapter

(780)-492-2226

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