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The Pro Bono Students Canada Tax Advocacy Project is one of PBSC’s flagship programs and operates in partnership with Dentons LLP, Aird & Berlis LLP, and McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Students are selected to advocate on behalf of self-represented litigants before the Tax Court of Canada. Students will gain hands-on experience working on client files, have the opportunity to meet leading lawyers and judges in the area of tax law and, most importantly, get to advocate on behalf of individuals who are unable to afford legal services.

How Does the Tax Advocacy Project work?

Students will work in pairs and be matched to an unrepresented litigant. They will work under the supervision of lawyers from Dentons LLP, Aird & Berlis LLP, and McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

How Do I Get Involved in the Tax Advocacy Project?

If you are an upper year student and wish to get involved in the Tax Advocacy Project, please apply using the online Competitive PBSC Student Application Form, available here.

Students must have a demonstrated interest in tax law. Canadian Income Tax Law is a pre- OR co-requisite for participation in the project and advocacy experience is advantageous.

Please note that students must be available to attend a mandatory specialized training session, date TBA.

Want to Learn More?

Check out this article about our award winning program

Checkout the Dentons webpage and tax litigation blog where students can write about their experiences with the program.

Contact Information

Tax Advocacy Project Coordinator:

Elizabeth White


For general inquiries about the PBSC University of Toronto Chapter, please contact the Program Coordinators:

Greg Drozdzal
U of T Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Ellie Minchopoulos
U of T School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Email - probonostudents.utoronto@gmail.com