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Pro Bono Law Alberta

Volunteer Lawyer Services is a program aimed at providing eligible charitable organizations with pro bono (free) legal services and advice in a range of areas such as:

  • Labour and Employment law
  • Administrative/Human Rights law
  • Management/Board Responsibilities
  • Real Estate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trust and Estates

The services of VLS may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Addressing your staffing and employment issues
  • Assessing your board's exposure to legal risks
  • Exploring and addressing liability issues
  • Negotiating a property purchase or lease
  • Copyrighting or trademarking your intellectual property
  • Drafting a privacy statement for your brochures, websites, etc.
  • Reviewing by-laws
  • Reviewing waivers and contracts

In order to be eligible for these services your organization must:

  • Be registered as a charity or be an organization whose mission is for charitable purposes as defined under the Income Tax Act; or
  • Be registered as a non-profit society as defined under the Societies Act; or
  • Be in the process of applying for registration as a charitable organization or non-profit society;


  • Be able to demonstrate an inability to pay any amount for legal advice and services excluding acceptable disbursements.

Please note that an organization can complete the process of applying for charitable status without the help of a lawyer.

  • Click here or here for general information on how to begin registering your charity
  • For general information about registering charities, societies and non-profit organizations in Alberta, click here and here
To learn about the application process, click here.


  • Place volunteer lawyers on a Board of Directors or any other Board.
  • Act for any agency or organization whose mandate is politically partisan or activist in nature.
  • VLS lawyers cannot do any work that risks affecting the civil liberties or well-being of others.

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta

How PBSC Can Help Your Organization - Calgary

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national pro bono student organization with a mandate to provide legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need across Canada. The Calgary Chapter of PBSC is housed at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and is comprised of law students who are eager to employ the skills they learn in the classroom towards furthering the public interest. To this end, PBSC matches law student volunteers with community organizations, firms, courts and tribunals under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

Organizations can benefit from PBSC by having a volunteer law student from the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary assist them by doing legal or policy research and writing, producing educational materials, preparing workshops, or doing other work which utilizes the student's legal training. Through PBSC, many public interest organizations are able to gain access to highly motivated and committed law student volunteers. PBSC has access to a vast array of students with a multitude of different backgrounds and experiences, and matches students with organizations based on area of interest and expertise.

What Types of Organizations Qualify for PBSC Assistance - Calgary

To qualify for participation, an organization must be an incorporated, non-profit organization that offers public interest programs to the community or deals with issues of public interest in some other capacity. PBSC Students may also work with lawyers that are doing pro bono work. Students can also work with various government agencies that are doing public interest work. If you are unsure that you may meet these requirements, please contact the PBSC Program Coordinator who will be happy to assist in determining whether PBSC can help your organization.
Phone: 403-220-2690
Web Site:

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) at the University of Alberta - Edmonton

PBSC at the University of Alberta matches law students with eligible non-profit organizations to provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of a lawyer. PBSC does not provide legal assistance to individual cases. This project began as a chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada and became a project of Student Legal Services in 2001. The Pro Bono Students Canada Coordinator continues to consult regularly with the national PBSC office.

To be eligible for the services of PBSC, an organization must be
  • a non-profit organization,
  • substantially serving, directly or indirectly, the local low-income community, and
  • unable to afford the assistance of a lawyer.

If your organization has a need for any legal information or research, please contact

Phone: 780-492-8287
Email: (We cannot answer legal questions or open files via email.)
Hours: Irregular hours, please leave a message

PBLA Resource Bank

For lawyers, law students and pro bono clinic staff only

*The Resource Bank is not a public site

PBLA Sites

Other Sites for Pro Bono in Canada

Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

Volunteer In Profile

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