Databases selected: Multiple databases... Law students offer free legal services Dodge, Amanda. Briar Patch. Regina: Jul/Aug 2001. Vol. 30, Iss. 6; pg. 11 Full Text (343 words) Copyright Briarpatch Inc. Jul/Aug 2001 Under-represented and disadvantaged communities are being helped by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). It is a program in law schools across the country which provides not-for-profit organizations with the free legal services of a law student volunteer. Pro bono is a Latin phrase meaning free; therefore the student's services are free. PBSC originated at the University of Toronto's College of Law in 1996 and has since spread rapidly from coast to coast. Law students have helped over 300 organizations nationwide. Now, the program is available at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Law. Although headquartered in Saskatoon, PBSC extends its services to the Regina community. How it works: The organizations specify their legal needs and projects are created. Law students are matched with organizations according to the student's experiences, skills and interests. Students donate two to three hours per week of their time to research legal questions, prepare briefs on legislation, evaluate legal aspects of proposed programs or work on a host of other legal activities. PBSC requires that a lawyer supervise the work of the student. This is usually a minimal time commitment on the part of a lawyer who is already working pro bono for the organization. If the organization does not have an existing relationship with a lawyer who can supervise, the PBSC Student Coordinators can arrange for legal supervision. "Pro Bono Students Canada is win-win-win," explains Pam Shime, the National Director of the program. "The students get practical experience, an opportunity to apply newly-learned skills for communities in need, and contacts in the public interest and legal spheres; the under-served public interest organizations receive volunteer legal assistance; and the universities and law schools enhance their relationships with the communities in their areas." [Graph Not Transcribed] Can we help you? The PBSC Student Coordinators are eager to know how law student volunteers can help your organization with legal work on public interest issues. E-mail us at: [email protected] PBSC has a Student Coordinator working in Regina over the summer months. For more information, check out the national PBSC website at www.law.utoronto.ca/probono. Indexing (document details) Subjects: Legal services Classification Codes 9172 Companies: Pro Bono Students Canada Author(s): Dodge, Amanda Document features: Illustrations Publication title: Briar Patch. Regina: Jul/Aug 2001. Vol. 30, Iss. 6; pg. 11 Source ty pe: Periodical ISSN: 07038968 ProQuest document ID: 372362761 1 of 2 2 of 2 Text Word Count 343 Document URL: http://proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.torontopubliclibrary.ca/pqdweb?did=372362761&sid=1&Fmt=3&cli entId=1525&RQT=309&VName=PQD Copyright © 2010 ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved.