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Welcome to Pro Bono Students Canada at Windsor Law

About Us

PBSC is a national, multiple award-winning organization with chapters in 22 of Canada’s 23 law schools. The first pro bono organization in the country, PBSC has been working with law schools and the bar to deliver high-quality legal services for over 20 years. We have extensive program expertise and experience designing access to justice placements that are recognized as having a significant impact on access to justice. Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella has described PBSC as “one of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.”

Our Community Placement Program matches law student volunteers with organizations that have a need for legal services but insufficient resources to retain legal counsel. These typically include public interest and non-profit organizations. Law students complete a project assigned by the organization under the supervision of a lawyer.

The Court and Tribunal Program places trained law students in courthouses and tribunals as part of the award winning Family Law Project. Students work alongside duty counsel and other lawyers to provide free legal information and support to self-represented litigants and complainants.

Our Mandate

PBSC has three key objectives:

  1. Provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills.
  2. Have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono service to the next generation of lawyers.
  3. Aim to increase access to justice across Canada.

How to Become Involved

Students: We are always in need of student volunteers who form the core of our projects. It's a great way to gain experience and give back to your community while you are in law school. Applications are accepted in September of every school year and can be found under "Applications & Forms" on this site. Please submit them to the Pro Bono mailbox in the General Office OR e-mail them to us at pbsc@uwindsor.ca.

Lawyers: Projects can only take place and be submitted to the organization if there is a lawyer supervisor to approve the work. Not only are you able to mentor law students, but you also get to help under-represented individuals access justice and earn credit towards CPD hours. Please contact us at pbsc@uwindsor.ca if you would like to volunteer or would like more information.

Organizations: If you have a project that is legal in nature and could benefit from the assistance of enthusiastic law students, please contact us at pbsc@uwindsor.ca or call us at (519) 253-3000 ext. 3966. There is no cost involved.

Acknowledgement From the Supreme Court of Canada

To learn more about PBSC, please read the following letter from The Right Honourable Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, P.C.:

Letter From The Supreme Court of Canada

Acknowledgement From Our Partner Organizations

PBSC volunteer Maya Kanani recently received an award for her work with our PBSC partner, the International Center for Academic Integrity. Read about Maya's achievement here.

Hear about The Hospice of Windsor-Essex County's experience with PBSC here.


At PBSC Windsor we are thankful for the generous funding from our sponsors:

                       

         

         

   

                   

 

 

           

          

           

Principle Funders: The Law Foundation of Ontario and Legal Aid Ontario

Law Firm Partner: McCarthy Tétrault

FLP Firm Partner: Epstein Cole LLP

Sponsor: WestlawNext Canada

FLP Sponsor: DivorceMate