If you would like to provide pro bono legal services exclusively through an approved pro bono provider, you can apply for Active Member, Pro Bono Legal Services status. You must have an active status before you can apply for Pro Bono Legal Services status.
Active members of the Law Society of Alberta who are entitled to practise law may apply by submitting:
- An Application for Active Member, Pro Bono Legal Services
- Inactive membership fee (Fee Schedule) payable to the Law Society of Alberta (making a payment)
If you need to apply for reinstatement prior to becoming an active member for Pro Bono Legal Services status, you are exempt from paying the reinstatement application fee.
Approved Pro Bono Providers
The following organizations are approved pro bono providers:
- Volunteer Lawyers Services Program
- Calgary Legal Guidance
- Edmonton Community Legal Centre
- Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
- Lethbridge Legal Guidance
- Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre
- Grande Prairie Legal Guidance
Approved pro bono providers are also listed in Rules of the Law Society of Alberta (Rule 148).
The Active Member, Pro Bono Legal Services status requires an annual membership fee equivalent to the inactive member fee.
Pro bono services provided by approved pro bono providers are automatically covered under the group professional liability insurance policy (see Exemption from Insurance).
Active members providing pro bono legal services may not engage in the practice of law outside the scope of the pro bono provider.
Registration of a Professional Corporation or a Limited Liability Partnership is not available to lawyers in this category of membership.