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Our vision

At People's Law School, our vision is a province where people have the knowledge, skills and confidence to resolve everyday legal matters.

What does this look like? It means that British Columbians have access to legal information and education that:

  • is in language they understand

  • helps them develop skills and confidence to seek solutions

  • empowers them to take action

Our mission 

At People's Law School our mission is to provide free education and information to help people effectively deal with the legal problems of daily life. Like signing a contract. Or getting hired for a job. Or making your will.

When we offered our first law classes in 1972, we became the first organization in Canada dedicated exclusively to educating the public about the law. 

Fifty years on, the role of educating people about the law has become even more vital. The law is more complex. Legal services are more expensive. Legal problems are prevalent in the daily lives of Canadians. People need information and tools to help them deal with the legal problems of daily life. 

Our values

At People's Law School:

  • We are proud to help people access quality and trustworthy legal information

  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion

  • We are responsive, resilient and agile to changes in the law and in the way people learn

Our strategic priorities

Over the last two years we have worked to transform our organization to meet the needs of British Columbians, now and in the future. Under each of our four strategic priorities, we are committed to the following objectives.

Respond to needs

  • Understand evolving public needs through research

  • Understand our user needs through testing and evaluation

  • Deliver quality content that meets demonstrated needs


  • Be open to new technologies and approaches

  • Foster a strong learning organizational culture

  • Enhance resilience by adapting constructively to change

Increase awareness

  • Make more people aware of us

  • Highlight the impact of what we do

  • Become recognized as leaders in public legal education

Strengthen the organization

  • Provide meaningful professional development opportunities to staff and contractors

  • Ensure sufficient core funding

  • Demonstrate excellent governance

  • Promote all forms of diversity throughout the organization

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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Contact us

You can reach us by phone at 604-331-5400. More contact info.

Also from People's Law School

Dial-A-Law: A starting point for information on the law in British Columbia in 190+ topic areas. Available online and by phone.

Unbundled Legal Services: Learn about a new service model for lower-cost legal help. 

Beagle: A chatbot that helps with common legal problems. Look in the bottom right corner :)

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We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.