Welcome to Pro Bono Students Canada at the University of Toronto

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) envisions a society with accessible legal systems, where the dignity and rights of every person are upheld. Our mission is to provide free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice. We do this by engaging 1,500 law students annually across 22 law schools to support community organizations, under the supervision of lawyersWe cultivate future leaders to tackle the most pressing social justice issues of our time.


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Our Values

Dignity. We believe that every person is entitled to respect, to have their voice heard, and to fully enjoy their rights.

Equity. We stand for substantive equality, inclusion, and diversity in all of its forms. We focus on impact, not just good intentions.

Humility. We prioritize listening, learning and self-reflection. We value the wisdom of the communities we serve, and their lived experiences inform our work.


National Funders

Leaders in the industry, our national funders and partners make PBSC's mission possible.

Principal Funder: The Law Foundation of Ontario

Law Firm Partner: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

National Legal Research Partners: Thomson Reuters Westlaw Edge Canada/La référence

Founding Partner: The University of Toronto Faculty of Law 

 Learn more about our work.


"One of the most visionary undertakings I've seen in 40 years at the bar."
-- The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada