Students & Lawyers

Become a Lawyer Supervisor

PBSC student with lawyer supervisor.Lawyer Supervisors are an integral part of Pro Bono Students Canada. All work by student volunteers must be reviewed prior to submission to the organization to ensure its thoroughness and accuracy. If you are a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and work in the Toronto area, please consider becoming involved. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our  Lawyers' FAQ.  

                                                                                                          

Become a Law Student Volunteer

Students volunteers contribute to the 135,000+ hours per year of free legal support provided by PBSC while gaining valuable practical experience. Student pro bono work helps to alleviate barriers to justice by increasing or solidifying the capacity of our community partners who work tirelessly to meet the needs of their communities. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions from students, please visit our Students' FAQ page.

Wide Range of Opportunities

The University of Toronto Chapter has partnerships with close to 50 organizations. Whether you came to law school knowing exactly what area you want to pursue, or are hoping to be exposed to something new, you are sure to find something at PBSC -- just ask any of our volunteers, 95% of whom said that they would recommend PBSC to other law students.

Valuable Training

PBSC volunteers have many resources available to them. In addition to the general PBSC training, volunteers can also develop their legal research skills at a training session hosted by Thomson Reuters WestlawNext Canada. Not only does this ensure that students are comfortable accessing the resources available to them, but it complements the Legal Research and Writing course offered to 1Ls.

Personalized Guidance and Practical Experience

PBSC students with Justice Abella.Students benefit significantly from the personal nature of our projects. Each placement has lawyer supervision and most of our projects take on one to four students. This means that our volunteers have the unique experience of working very closely with both the organization and an experienced lawyer on a weekly basis, who are passionate about what they do and strive to ensure that each student has an excellent experience.

Be Part of Something Bigger

A volunteer experience with PBSC is a chance for students to learn from clients, communities and organizations they will be in close contact with. Pursuant to PBSC’s values, students will learn the importance of practicing law with humility, advancing equity in society, and recognizing the dignity of all participants in diverse legal systems within Canada. Through this experience, it is then our hope that students will feel part of a larger pro bono movement working to reduce barriers accessing justice, and that through advocacy, ally-ship and humility, students can remain close to this work as practicing lawyers.