Free (pro bono) legal clinics

There are several pro bono (free) legal clinics in BC that provide lawyer services to people who aren't eligible for legal aid but can't afford to pay for a lawyer.

Access Pro Bono Society of BC

Access Pro Bono Society of BC promotes access to justice in BC by providing free (pro bono) legal services to people and non-profit organizations of limited means. Access Pro Bono provides:

  • summary legal advice clinics in community centres, social agencies, churches, and courthouses located throughout the province;
  • a province-wide roster program providing representation services to individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means;
  • a superior courts civil duty counsel project in Vancouver; and
  • a children's lawyer project in Nanaimo.

To apply for free advice and help to prepare for court (though they can't prepare typed legal documentation or go into court on your behalf), call 604-878-7400 (Lower Mainland) or 1-877-762-6664 (no charge, elsewhere in BC).

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, BC Division Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP), makes legal information and advocacy available by telephone, email, or in person to people living with multiple sclerosis in the Lower Mainland (including the Fraser Valley), Victoria, and Kamloops. To get help with a particular legal or advocacy issue, call 1-800-268-7582 (no charge) or 604-689-3144 and ask to speak with the VLAP co-ordinator. Or e-mail them at info.bc@mssociety.ca with "VLAP" in the subject line.