About Us

History, Vision, and Mission

The first PBSC chapter was established in 1996 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The mission was simple: to provide free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice. Twenty-five years later, this mission remains the same. PBSC, however, has evolved into a national, award-winning organization with a chapter in virtually each Canadian law school. Today about 1,700 PBSC law student volunteers provide over 135, 000 hours of free legal services to about 500 organizations, courts, and tribunals across Canada.

We envision a society with accessible legal systems, where the dignity and rights of every person are upheld.

Our mission is to provide free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice.


“One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.”

Justice Roaslie Abella

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