Access Pro Bono
Do you need legal advice, but a lawyer is too expensive? Need help filling out legal paper work but don’t know where to get assistance? The Students’ Union works with Access Pro Bono to bring FREE legal advising for students.
Whether you need help with understanding the immigration system, tenancy, or need advise on any other legal matter, Access Pro Bono volunteer lawyers will be able to provide you with the advise that you need and help you figure out your next step.
You can schedule a free 30 minute appointment with a lawyer by visiting www.accessprobono.com and following the 3 steps on the main page.
For students who live in Greater Vancouver call 604-878-7400 or toll free at 1-877-762-6664. Students will receive an appointment within 3 weeks of calling.
Additional Legal Support for those Students on the Student Health Plan
The British Columbia Federation of Students has arranged for Health Plan Members, through Prosum Health Benefits and Sykes Assistance Services to provide you with timely, cost-effective access to experienced lawyers to guide you through most major types of law, including:
Family, Criminal, Civil litigation, Landlord and tenant, Residential real estate, Wills and Estates, Tax, Employment, Condo/Strata, Immigration and Identity Theft Support.
As a member of the Health Plan you have access to unlimited free summary telephone legal advice and unlimited referrals to local lawyers at preferred rates.
Summary Telephonic Legal Advice
You can call on the toll-free number 1 877-333-3884 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak to a customer service representative who can put you in touch with a lawyer at no charge.
Advice lawyers are available to call clients from 8 am to Midnight daily. Please do not hesitate to request a call back after regular business hours, on weekends or holidays.
You can access the service as many times as reasonably required, you are not limited to one call per issue and telephonic advice sessions are not limited in duration. The advice lawyers will take the time necessary to ensure that your questions are answered.
Local Lawyer Referral
If you require the services of a lawyer, you can obtain a referral to a lawyer in your area through a customer services representative. Should you wish both a referral and legal advice, an advice lawyer will be able to give you a referral at the end of your advice session.
As a British Columba Federation of Students Health Network Plan Member you will receive a discount of 25% on fees charged by the lawyer in most situations (excluding real estate law) as long as the lawyer’s account is paid within 30 days of receipt. (note: most referral lawyers also provide a free initial 30 minute consultation)
The confidential services provided are bilingual. This includes the customer service representatives and advice lawyers. Bilingual referral lawyers are also available with some travel requested in certain provinces.