All students are invited to apply for a volunteer placement with PBSC. Participation in PBSC serves as a rewarding and practical compliment to their academic studies. Each year, about one-third of the class at U of T Law work with one of our incredible community partners.  Our placements can provide you with an opportunity to improve your legal research and writing skills (LRW), and 1L participation is regarded favourably with regards to acceptance into one of PBSC’s competitive upper-year programs.


Applications for the Competitive PBSC placements are due of Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5PM and can be found here.

Applications for the General PBSC placements are due of Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5PM and can be found here.

Projects Exclusively for 1L Students

Every year, we offer three incredible opportunities that are only available to 1L students. Each project is overseen by a Volunteer Coordinator who will be accepting applications in September. Please visit the project pages for details about our competitive specialized application process.

  • Family Law Rotation
    Students participate in a series of lunch sessions and have the opportunity to work in the field and develop important networking contacts with leaders in Ontario family law.
  • Union-Side Labour Rotation
    Students attend lunch sessions where they are exposed to a variety of topics in labour and employment law, and produce public legal education materials with lawyers from leading union-side firms in Toronto.

Projects Exclusively for Upper-Year Students

Some PBSC placements require a greater degree of knowledge and experience, and are thus intended for students in their upper-years who have completed certain foundational courses during their 1L year. Last year, 61% of PBSC volunteers at U of T were upper-year students. Upper-Year placements tend to be more hands-on, and may provide students with the opportunity to appear before a court or tribunal, under the close supervision of lawyer supervisors.

  • Family Law Project
    Upper year students work hand-in-hand with in-court counsel at family law courts across the City to assist unrepresented litigants.
  • Wills Project
    Students assist low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS draft Wills and Power of Attorneys at the 519 Community Centre.
  • PBSC at Law Help Ontario
    Students gain hands-on civil litigation experience through working at Law Help Ontario, a court-based, self-help centre administered by Pro Bono Law Ontario that provides pro bono legal services to low-income litigants who need help with civil matters at the Superior Court of Justice and Small Claims Court.
  • PBSC Tax Advocacy Project
    In partnership with the tax departments of Dentons LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and McInnes Cooper LLP, students advocate on behalf of self-represented litigants at the Tax Court of Canada.
  • Deputy Judges Clerking Project
    Two 3L students have the incredible opportunity to work with Administrative Deputy Judge Ntoukas at the Small Claims Court located at 47 Sheppard Ave.
  • Homeless ID Project
    Joint program between PBSC, Pro Bono Ontario, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association that operates out of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program (food kitchen) at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Students are paired with volunteer lawyers to interview clients, provide information and assist the lawyers in filling out the appropriate paper work to obtain government identification.
  • Refugee Law Office Placement
    Students get the opportunity to work directly with RLO staff on files and clients to help them prepare their cases by gathering evidence and/or preparing testimony. Students will also have an opportunity to attend oral proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board or Federal Court.

Projects for All Students

Summer Employment

PBSC offers job opportunities that allow students to continue their commitment to public interest law.

  • Family Law Project
    Students who participated in the FLP during the school-year and would like to continue working at the Family Law Courthouses throughout the summer are encouraged to apply.
  • Family Law Project Coordinator
    PBSC hires one student to manage the FLP full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year. Previous experience with the FLP is preferred.
  • Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator
    PBSC hires one student to manage the University of Toronto Chapter full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year. Another student is hired for the school-year only. Previous PBSC volunteer experience is preferred but not required. Applications are received through the Faculty Unified Hiring Process in January. Click here for the job description (PDF).