Pro Bono Students
Thompson rivers university Chapter
"One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.”
– Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella
"The most important issue facing the legal system"
– The Honourable Thomas Cromwell
public legal education.
Research and writing projects include the reviewing and monitoring of pending legislation, writing legal memos or analyzing current policy questions, and writing for media such as newsletters or blogs. These projects are often great for first years, though some more sophisticated writing projects could appeal to upper years. The CCLA Blog Project, or research on a pro bono appeal for a lawyer are all examples of a research and writing project.
These placements provide students with an opportunity to develop and deliver legal education materials (e.g., FAQs, info sheets, etc.), workshops and seminars to low and middle-income individuals, newcomers, survivors of violence, and other target audiences. Volunteers provide legal information in an accessible format about a particular area of law. These placements are most appropriate for upper years, and are carefully supervised by a lawyer to ensure the content is accurate.
These projects involve sitting down with clients of partner organizations or clinics to collect their personal information and the facts of their case, and in some cases providing them with legal information or helping them complete court forms or other documents. These projects are good for upper years, who love client contact. They are structured in such a way that the students are getting very close supervision from the lawyer supervisor wherever the intake is taking place, which is usually at a legal help centre or clinic setting.
PBSC TRU is grateful for the generous support we receive from our funders and partners.