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"...Over the past five years, PBSC has transformed both the profession and legal education, at the same time as significantly expanding access to justice in Ontario."

-Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Robert Armstrong on Pro Bono Students Canada.

Pro Bono Students Canada 

Pro Bono Students Canada, or PBSC, was launched in 1996 at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Law. Since its inception, it has expanded to include all 21 law schools in Canada, making PBSC the only nation-wide student organization in the world. Each year, hundreds of law students across Canada work with PBSC to make a difference in their community and beyond. PBSC is a unique national network, bringing together students across the country and giving them a chance to give back to their community and instilling the ethic of work for the public good in a new generation of legal professionals that they may continue their pro bono work as they embark on their legal careers.

Queen's Pro Bono

The Queen's University chapter of PBSC was launched in the winter of 1998. The program has been growing, and has now become a vital part of the Queen’s Law experience and the greater Kingston community. As it enters its fifteenth year, Queen's Pro Bono looks to continue growing and leaving an ever bigger mark on Queen's Law and on the City of Kingston.

Last year's program coordinators increased the reach of the Queen's Law pro bono program  by developing projects in Elgin and Napanee. They also improved program's diversity by offering placements in many different areas of the law. 

The focus at Queen’s in this coming year will be on ensuring that students are given meaningful assignments and perform quality work. We will also make an effort to improve the sense of community among pro bono volunteers. Throughout the year we will strive to raise awareness about access to justice as a legal issue and provide students with information about possible career opportunities in the public interest. The program is important not only to the students at Queen’s, but also to the entire faculty, the university, and to the community as a whole.