Pro Bono Students Canada

Nationwide efforts.

 
 Photo taken by Sarah Gludish

Photo taken by Sarah Gludish

About this project

PBSC is a national pro bono organization with chapters at 22 law schools across the country. Each year, about 1,600 PBSC volunteers provide approximately 140,000 hours of free legal services to over 400 organizations, courts and tribunals across the country.

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.

     
     Photo taken by Laura Pedersen.

    Photo taken by Laura Pedersen.

    Current Projects

    If you are a law student interested in volunteering for a PBSC Project, application information can be found here:

    If you are a community organization:

    • If your organization would like to propose a project with our chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada, please contact the PBSC Coordinator. They can be reached by email at pbsc@ualberta.ca.

    Past Projects

    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. Past partners include Edmonton Community Legal Centre and Community Options.

    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. Student volunteers assist duty counsel and have the opportunity to observe client meetings.

    Queen's Bench Amicus

    A drop-in service, located in the Court of Queen's Bench, organized in partnership with Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). Lawyers act as Amicus Curae to assist self-represented litigants making applications in Masters and Justice Chambers. Student volunteers assist the Amicus Curae on Wednesday mornings.

    Immigration Project

    In partnership with ACT Alberta, law students assist victims of human trafficking in immigration matters. This can include filling out forms, drafting pleadings, and legal research. Law students assist with files that are managed by ACT Alberta and their advising lawyers.

    Human Rights Project

    This project was created in partnership with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Under careful supervision by volunteer lawyers, students assist qualified applicants with their matters in Commission.