Franklin Lew Forum
Join Pro Bono Students Canada at their annual lunch launch event. JD students are invited to attend this session to learn about PBSC and hear from Kasari Govender, Executive Director of West Coast LEAF.
Pro Bono Students Canada (“PBSC”) is a national, multiple award-winning organization with chapters in 22 law schools across Canada. Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella has described PBSC as “one of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.” In partnership with public interest organizations and lawyer supervisors, students can make a difference in their communities by providing legal services free of charge to under-served groups while gaining invaluable practical legal experience. Our 32 partner organizations work with Indigenous folks, women and youth, the elderly, newcomers, prisoners, sex workers, and those who cannot afford legal services, to name a few.
Through PBSC, students have the opportunity to network with lawyers, firms, and community organizations. They also develop hands-on legal skills through working on legal research and writing, public legal education, client assistance, and internship projects. A PBSC placement is capped at 3-5 hours per week for the duration of the school year with blackout periods in December and April, making it a manageable time commitment.
Our application deadline is Friday, September 14th and you can find our application instructions on our website.