PBSC at Law Help Ontario provides 20 U of T law students with an intensive exposure to the practice of law and offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in civil litigation.

How does PBSC at Law Help Ontario work?

Each day, four civil litigation lawyers and six law students volunteer at Law Help Ontario centers in Toronto:  two lawyers and four students at the Superior Court of Justice location, 393 University Avenue; and two lawyers and two students at the Small Claims Court location 47 Sheppard Ave. East.

A typical day for a law student at LHO may include the following responsibilities:

  • Attending client meetings with lawyers
  • Interviewing clients and helping to identify legal issues
  • Researching case law
  • Assisting clients at the computer kiosks
  • Drafting court documents and correspondence to opposing counsel, under the guidance of a lawyer

Time Line for Students

DateEvents

September 

Submit Applications
Attend PBSC General Training
Attend PBSC @ Law Help Ontario Specialized Training

October Attend Community Building Event
DecemberBreak for exams and holiday break
JanuaryRecommence Volunteering
MarchSubmit Evaluations
Attend Final Appreciation Event
AprilBreak for exams and summer break

How do I get involved in PBSC at Law Help Ontario?

If you are an upper year student and wish to get involved in PBSC at Law Help Ontario, please apply using the online Competitive PBSC Student Application Form, available here, being sure to fill in the PBSC at Law Help Ontario section.

Please note that students must be available to attend a mandatory specialized training session in September.

Contact Information

PBSC at Law Help Ontario Coordinator: TBD

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