Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Toronto Chapter

Who We Are

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national multiple award-winning pro bono organization, with chapters in 21 law schools across the country. Founded in 1996 at the University of Toronto, PBSC is the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. Our mandate is threefold: (1) to provide early, practical learning experience for law students; (2) to provide high-quality legal services for our partners and their clients; and (3) to promote the value of pro bono among the next generation of lawyers.

What We Do

Each year, PBSC places over 170 volunteer law students at the University of Toronto with public interest organizations, legal clinics, and lawyers, working on pro bono files. Students perform a variety of law-related tasks, including legal research, providing legal information to organizations, performing client-intake and in some cases working on files for unrepresented litigants and appearing before courts and tribunals (under significant lawyer supervision). 

Across Canada, about 1,600 PBSC volunteers provide approximately 127,000 hours of free legal services to between 400-500 organizations, courts and tribunals across the country. That’s equivalent to 62 people working full-time for a year!

PBSC regularly creates projects in the following areas of the law: administrative, civil, constitutional, corporate non-profit, criminal, environmental, family, human rights, immigration and refugee,union side labour, and all areas of poverty law. We proudly serve diverse populations of Canadians including artists, First Nations, Francophone Canadians, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) Canadians, immigrants and refugees, low-income Canadians, seniors, women, youth and others.

Our Programs

See our Programs at the University of Toronto page for detailed information about some of the PBSC programs offered at the University of Toronto Chapter.

For More Information

For more information about our mandate, history, and structure, or for information about other PBSC programs across the country, please visit the national website at:

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Contact Us

Pro Bono Students Canada does not assist individuals seeking legal advice. If you require assistance with a specific legal problem, see the Seeking Legal Advice page for services that may be of assistance.

For all inquiries relating to the Pro Bono Students Canada Chapter at the University of Toronto, please contact:

Debbie Wang and Olivia Lifman
U of T Program Coordinators
Pro Bono Students Canada
(t):  416.946.0397
(f): 416.946.3744
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Principal Funder: The Law Foundation of Ontario

Law Foundation of Ontario

Principal Funder Ontario Family Law Project (FLP): Legal Aid Ontario

 Legal Aid Ontario

Law Firm Partner: McCarthy Tétrault LLP  

McCarthy Tétrault

National Legal Research Partners: Westlaw Canada, La référence


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