PBSC's mandate is threefold:
- To train future lawyers by providing practical, supervised learning experiences for students;
- To increase access to justice for low-income individuals and non-profit organizations; and
- To promote a culture of pro bono in the profession
The University of Ottawa is unique in that there are two law faculties within one school. The Common Law section began its PBSC program in 1998 and the Civil Law section launched its PBSC program in 2004. Both programs experienced great success from the outset. Due to the program’s location in the capital, students have access to placements with an interesting range of non-governmental organizations and other not-for-profit organizations. To learn more about the Civil Law section, please visit their .
The University of Ottawa's PBSC program operates during the school year, from September - March.