The function of the program is to match law student volunteers with community agencies requiring legal services. Typically agencies requiring the services of Pro Bono Students Canada include public interest and not-for-profit organizations, tribunals, legal clinics and lawyers working on a case pro bono. Law student volunteers complete legal research for the participating organizations under the supervision of a practicing lawyer.
Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national program existing in every law school across Canada. For information on the national office or other PBSC programs across the country, see the PBSC National website.
PBSC at Western endeavors to spread the pro bono ethic throughout the law school and the local legal community. PBSC was launched at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law in 1998. As of May 2007, 70 organizations have been involved in PBSC at Western with over 400 law students working together to complete over 100 pro bono projects for organizations in London and the surrounding community