Find the right PBSC Project for you!

Choosing which PBSC Project to volunteer with can be overwhelming, especially since there are so many to choose from. Knowing your strengths, values, and interest, can help point you in the right direction. Take our quiz to find out which projects suit you best!
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Which of the following do you consider your strongest skill?
Are you more introverted or extroverted?
What is your learning style?
How would you describe your work style?
Which of the following subjects are you most interested in?
Can you, and would you like to, volunteer in French?
Court-based projects like: Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen's Bench Amicus
You love to learn by hands-on experience. You want some courthouse exposure and the chance to connect with other lawyers while assisting clients.

Note - At present, these two projects are suspended in light of COVID-19 public health restrictions. PBLA is working on a relaunch plan that will see the CCDC and QBA Projects move to a virtual service in the short-term and a planned return to in-person service at the Calgary Courthouse when the Courts provide approval for same. PBLA and PBSC will work together to coordinate the resumption of PBSC student volunteers as the courts re-open in accordance with public health mandates and University policy.

Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project: The CCDC project provides summary legal assistance to self-represented litigants (SRLs) engaged in civil claims in Provincial Court. Students on this project assist volunteer lawyers with triage, client intake, and administering client evaluation forms. Students also provide research support, legal and referral information, and assist with the completion of required project documentation.

Queen's Bench Amicus: The QB Amicus program provides summary legal assistance to self-represented litigants (SRLs) engaged in civil claims in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Students on this project assist volunteer lawyers with triage, client intake, and administering client evaluation forms. Students also provide research support, legal and referral information, and assist with the completion of required project documentation.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
Direct legal assistance projects like: the Human Rights Project and the Trans ID Clinic
You love to learn by hands-on experience. You have a soft spot in your heart for people who have faced discrimination or are fighting to affirm their identity and worth. You are comfortable talking about sensitive issues such as gender identity, systemic oppression, sexual orientation and harassment. You like to work closely under lawyer supervision so that you can learn how to best help clients while affirming their humanity.

Human Rights Project: The Human Rights Project provides legal assistance to unrepresented claimants who have carriage of their complaint before the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal. PBSC student volunteers and the supervising lawyer may work on files that are proceeding to Tribunal Dispute Resolution (TDR) or to a Hearing. In order to respond to client questions, students will conduct legal research and provide the clients with legal information pertaining to their human rights matter. Student volunteers will also act as agents with the supervising lawyer to represent the clients during the hearing and advocate on the client’s behalf. The project will run from October 2020 to March 2021 with project-specific training commencing in September 2020.

Trans ID Clinic: PBSC’s Trans ID Clinic is run in partnership with the Skipping Stone Foundation. The Clinic provides free legal information, form-filling services, and referrals in a learning space that strives to be trans-positive, non-judgemental, anti-oppressive and inclusive. PBSC law student volunteers and lawyers from Blakes work collaboratively to assist trans and gender diverse individuals with obtaining new pieces of government-issued identification. One lawyer will be set up with a laptop/computer for pre-booked Zoom appointments for clients unable to physically attend the clinic. A PBSC student is invited to join these Zoom meetings and provide assistance if required, however due to the format, their involvement will primarily be observing. Skipping Stone and Blakes is introducing two new research components to the project for student volunteers: updating an information booklet, and lobbying to have the fees for name and gender marker changes waived.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
Legal research and writing projects like: LEAF Case Monitoring, CCLA Rights Watch and Not In My City
You prefer to work semi-independently - receiving instructions and then completing assignments on your own. You love to dive into interesting topics and have a passion for research and writing. You are interested in human rights, the Constitution, and how they intersect in both the justice system and public policy.

LEAF Case Monitoring: With this project, students will identify and summarize cases and/or law reform initiatives concerning substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada, by regularly monitoring court websites, legal databases, legislative sites and media reports for their assigned topics (i.e. sexual violence). Students will summarize relevant cases and/or law reform projects in a shared spreadsheet, and may be asked to prepare comments or memos on cases/law reform issues as applicable.

CCLA Rights Watch: The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has written an interim report on the extent of civil liberty and human rights concerns that have emerged as a consequence of government responses to COVID-19 and the emergency measures passed in response to the health crisis. Over the course of the year, students will assist us to create a more complete assessment with enhanced input from jurisdictions across Canada. Students will be asked to research civil liberties incursions in their assigned jurisdictions using a range of research tools, and contribute clear, concise and nuanced descriptions in the shared document, supported by appropriate citations. Depending on how many external contributors sign up, it may also be possible for students to play an editorial role with respect to certain chapters of the report.

Not In My City: The volunteer organization Not In My City (NIMC) targets sexual exploitation and human trafficking in specific locations in Canada. One of the goals of the organization is to make it harder for individuals to use cyberspace for the illegal purposes of human trafficking, sharing child pornography, etc. NIMC recognizes that many jurisdictions are currently struggling to keep up with the ever-changing nature of technology, especially in regard to the internet and social media/hosting platforms. Students will research the role of telecommunications law regulations in deterring cyber communications leading to human trafficking, responsibilities or liabilities that might be imposed on service providers for dissemination of child pornography, and and Charter infringements that may apply.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
Legal research and public information projects like: Indigenous Legal Education Project, Discovery House, and French Legal Research Project
You are passionate about creating and sharing legal resources to increase access to justice. You are interested in communications, graphic design, and/or public speaking. You want to use your communication skills to bring about legal equity and to raise awareness about human rights, justice, and Indigenous issues.

CLG Indigenous Legal Education Project: Students on this project will create public legal education materials such as presentations, how-to guides, and research for Calgary Legal Guidance’s Dial-A-Law series on Indigenous legal issues and areas of law most often affecting Indigenous populations. Research topics include Indian Day Schools Class Action, Willls, Voting Off Reserve, and Applying for a Pardon. These materials will be reviewed and approved by the Supervising Lawyer and CLG, and subsequently provided to indigenous clients obtaining assistance from Calgary Legal Guidance. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from October 2020 – March 2021.

Discovery House: Students in this project will deliver legal education presentations to the Discovery House staff (approximately 30 people) and their clients on topics determined by the needs of the staff. This legal information will assist the staff in answering their clients’ questions. The presentations will be delivered to Discovery House staff and clients. After the presentations, the Student Volunteers will provide the staff/clients with a handout highlighting the key points of the presentation. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, from September 2020 – March 2021.

French Legal Research Project: In conjunction with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer, the student volunteer(s) on this project will assess and create an inventory of the legal information resources available in French and English in Alberta. The student(s) will also identify areas where there is little to no information available in French. Depending on the student’s command of French, they may also have the opportunity to work with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer to select a legal resource(s) that require French translation and produce a French legal information resource from it. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from October 2020 – March 2021.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
Public legal education projects like: Elementary Mock Trial, French Youth Law Project, the Consent Project, the Indigenous Youth Outreach Project
You enjoy public speaking and communicating in a way that is easily understandable. You love working with youths and/or vulnerable populations. You are interested in court processes and the inner workings of our justice system. You are a patient, enthusiastic, and fun-loving person. You love interacting with, and teaching, other people.

Elementary Mock Trial: Student volunteers on this project will deliver an educational program in 2-4 Calgary elementary schools. The workshops delivered will prepare elementary students to participate in an interactive civil mock trial where they will play the roles of clients, lawyers, witnesses, and jury members. The workshops will be taught to one classroom per school (approximately 25-35 students maximum per workshop). Actual program delivery in schools will take place in the Winter 2021 Term (January-March 2021). COVID-19 has necessitated that all PBSC student volunteers work on their projects remotely, via a web conferencing interface such as Zoom. As such, the Elementary Mock Trial program will be delivered remotely for the 2020-2021 year, either via live webinar using the Zoom Video Conferencing Interface, or pre-recorded presentations

French Youth Law Project: In collaboration with AJEFA, law student volunteers on this project will deliver legal education presentations in French to students at Francophone or French immersion schools throughout Calgary on cyber-bullying and youth and the law. Additionally, students will research legal information relevant to Francophone and French immersion students, including (but not limited to) driving in Alberta and workplace standards. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from October 2020 – March 2021.

Consent Project: The Consent Project is an interactive consent education program delivered by trained law student volunteers, which operates to inform young people about sexual activity, consent and sexual assault in both legal and social contexts. Each workshop is aimed to achieve three key learning objectives: 1. To help students understand the legislation and case law surrounding sexuality and consent; 2. To ensure students understand the nature of the legal consequences of engaging in certain sexuality centered activities, such as sexting; and 3. To help students recognize consent and identify strategies for obtaining consent prior to engaging in sexual relationships or activities. COVID-19 has necessitated that all PBSC student volunteers work on their projects remotely, via a web conferencing interface such as Zoom. Therefore, the presentation will be delivered remotely, either via live webinar using the Zoom Video Conferencing Interface, or pre-recorded presentations.

Indigenous Youth Outreach Project: IYOP is a justice education and mentorship program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth aged 11-14 where youth work with justice sector volunteers on fun and engaging activities that teach them about the Canadian criminal justice system, while incorporating Indigenous pedagogy including smudging, feasting, Elder teachings, and a focus on restorative justice. Justice education workshops prepare students to participate in an interactive Mock Trial activity where they take on various courtroom roles including lawyers, jurors, witnesses etc. Students assigned to this project will attend a remote cultural humility and empathy training session to prepare them for delivery of this project. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from September 2020 – March 2021.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
Creative public legal education projects like: CCLA Talk Rights and the Hearsay Podcast.
You are a creative thinker. You like to come up with interesting ideas and turn them into a finished project. You enjoy learning about the law and sharing information with the public in a way that they will understand. You have a wide variety of interests and are willing to learn something new about many different topics. You work well on your own, but you are also great at collaborating with other volunteers.

CCLA Talk Rights: Talk Rights is a CCLA initiative to create well-researched, accessible, and engaging public education materials on current civil liberties and human rights topics for the CCLA website. Students will research and develop subject expertise in one or more timely civil liberties issue(s) in Canada and develop accessible information for the public. Past subject areas have included national security, equality rights, privacy, free expression, protest rights and free assembly. Depending on the nature of the agreed-upon products (which may be in a wide range of formats, such as a short blog post or opinion piece, a resource list on a topic, an accessible case analysis on a topic of public interest, an infographic, a podcast or video on a rights issue or topic) students will be expected to produce from 3-5 pieces of work over the course of the year.

Hearsay Podcast: Law student volunteers on this project will create eight 30-minute legal education podcasts on current legal topics. Student on this project will spend their time conducting legal research on the topics, preparing interview questions for expert guests, and recording and editing the podcasts at the CJSW 90.9FM studio located on the University of Calgary campus. Episodes will be aired on CJSW 90.9FM, the University of Calgary’s student-run radio station, and will also be available online via the CJSW website, Google Play, iTunes, and Spotify. CJSW 90.9FM will provide audio recording and editing training. CJSW expressed that they have continued in-person recording at their studio with all of the proper precautions in place, and that that they are following provincial health guidelines to keep their space COVID-19 free. While the option for students to record remotely does exist, it is highly encouraged that only those students who possess high quality production equipment of their own volunteer on a remote basis.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/
French legal projects like: French Legal Research Project and French Youth Law Project
You are comfortable reading, writing, and speaking French. You are interested in improving your French language skills, expanding your legal knowledge, and serving the community all at the same. You like creating and updat ing legal information resources. You are comfortable working on your own or with one other student volunteer

French Legal Research Project: In conjunction with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer, the student volunteer(s) on this project will assess and create an inventory of the legal information resources available in French and English in Alberta. The student(s) will also identify areas where there is little to no information available in French. Depending on the student’s command of French, they may also have the opportunity to work with AJEFA and the supervising lawyer to select a legal resource(s) that require French translation and produce a French legal information resource from it. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from October 2020 – March 2021.

French Youth Law Project: In collaboration with AJEFA, law student volunteers on this project will deliver legal education presentations in French to students at Francophone or French immersion schools throughout Calgary on cyber-bullying and youth and the law. Additionally, students will research legal information relevant to Francophone and French immersion students, including (but not limited to) driving in Alberta and workplace standards. Student volunteer(s) on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project, which is from October 2020 – March 2021.

Check out our website for more information on all of our projects: https://pbsccalgary.ca/current-projects/