Welcome to another year with PBSC-UNB! With only a month left of summer, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend your time this year. Whether you are returning to Ludlow Hall as an upper year or this is your first year of law school, PBSC is an amazing opportunity to continue your legal education outside of the classroom. Our student volunteers get to work with local lawyers and community organizations to provide much-needed legal services to the community while also developing practical legal and networking skills. PBSC is an award-winning national organization, and placements with us are easily recognizable by employers across the country.
If you’re still on the fence about applying, check out these testimonials from some of our former volunteers. Last year we had an amazing 50 volunteers, who worked on 18 projects with 16 different organizations. Not only do PBSC students have a huge impact on the community, their experiences as volunteers are fundamental to their understanding of the professional responsibilities that all law students have upon graduation. When surveyed, 80% of our student volunteers plan on providing pro bono services after graduation. Of that 85%, 83% credit their time as a PBSC volunteer as the basis of that decision.
We are immensely proud of the work that our students do in improving access to justice across Canada. Whether it is drafting wills and powers of attorney for low-income individuals or drafting memos on trans-inclusiveness in transition houses, our student volunteers know that their work is invaluable to the organizations with which they are placed. You can check out a list of current organization partners here to see what we’ll be up to this year.
If you are interested in volunteering, applications can be found here. Hope to hear from you soon!