Tips for Individuals Seeking Legal Advice

Tips for Individuals Seeking Legal Advice

Unfortunately, PBSC does not work directly with clients to assist them with their legal needs, nor can PBSC arrange to have a law student work pro bono on a project of a personal nature or provide legal advice. PBSC does not provide student volunteers for for-profit endeavours or for projects where lawyers are billing clients for work. All student volunteers must be supervised by a qualified and insured lawyer at the partner organization. If you are seeking legal advice, you must contact a lawyer. The following organizations may be able to assist you with your legal problem: provides FREE legal information on 2,100 topics in 48 major areas of law. Those who need further help are referred to experts — lawyers, paralegals, government offices, and other professionals. Visit .

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO)

You may be able to receive free legal advice from a volunteer lawyer through Pro Bono Ontario (PBO). For more information about PBO, please call 1-855-255-7256 or visit

Law Society of Ontario (LSO)

You may wish to contact the Law Society of Ontario at 416-947-3300 or 1-800-668-7380. Visit for more information. The Law Society Referral Service crisis line may be reached by calling 416-947-5255 or 1-855-947-5255.

Downtown Legal Services (DLS)

DLS provides free legal assistance to people who cannot afford legal services in the following areas: Criminal law, Family law, Refugee law, Tenant Housing and University Affairs. The clinic is staffed by U of T students working under the close supervision of lawyers. To find out whether or not you meet the criteria for new clients, please contact DLS by phone at 416-934-4535 or visit

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

You may wish to contact Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258 (toll-free) to be connected with legal services, assistance and information. Visit for more information.


We hope that the above resources will be of assistance.