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Pro Bono & Volunteer

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles seeks volunteers who wish to help provide free legal services on a variety of legal issues to our client population.

LAFLA regularly recruits volunteers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels to participate in our many legal projects, clinics, and cases. Every year more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys, law students, law school graduates, paralegals, undergraduate students, social workers, translators, and dedicated community members play a vital role in expanding LAFLA’s free legal services to vulnerable members of the community. LAFLA is committed to both providing quality services to the community while ensuring that volunteers gain meaningful experience.

Attorneys & Law Firms

Licensed attorneys in CA or outside of CA

Law Students & Law School Graduates

Students who have been or were enrolled in law school

Other Volunteers

Members of the community

Join LAFLA and make a difference today

Attorneys & Law Firms

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers a variety of pro bono opportunities for law firms and individual attorneys, including staffing legal clinics, providing limited advice on cases, conducting educational outreach and trainings, and handling short-term or major-impact litigation cases. For all pro bono opportunities, LAFLA will work directly with the pro bono attorney to ensure that adequate support on the project or case is provided.

Support includes:

  • Pre-screened cases: LAFLA carefully screens potential pro bono cases to ensure they are impactful and have strong legal merit.
  • Fee waivers: LAFLA’s clients are all low-income and qualify for court fee waivers. There is usually little to no out-of-pocket costs to the volunteer.
  • Support on cases: When volunteer attorneys take on individual cases, LAFLA provides substantive, procedural, and strategic support by serving as a resource to pro bono attorneys until final disposition of the case.
  • Malpractice insurance: All volunteers handling LAFLA cases are covered by LAFLA’s malpractice insurance as the primary coverage.
  • Training: LAFLA will provide substantive trainings to volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our projects, please fill out the online application.

LAFLA welcomes and will support provisionally licensed lawyers under California Rule of Court, Rule 9.49.

Interested law graduates are encouraged to apply as volunteers through LAFLA. Please contact probono@lafla.org with any questions or for more information see the State Bar’s information page here.

Law Students and Law School Graduates

Law students and recent law school graduates play a vital role in LAFLA’s mission to serve the legal needs of low-income clients. All LAFLA projects are structured to provide practical, hands-on legal experience that complements law school coursework. During the school year, students typically volunteer a minimum of 10-15 hours per week. Additionally, each summer, LAFLA hosts approximately 30-35 law students as part of the Summer Law Clerk Program. Law clerks volunteer on a full-time basis and participate in various events and programs aimed at introducing them to the legal community.

This summer, LAFLA will launch two initiatives to support the recruitment of law students for our 2021 Summer Law Clerk Program:

  • LAFLA Equity and Inclusion Fellowship (LEIF) Program
  • LAFLA 2021 Summer Law Clerk Stipend

LAFLA Equity and Inclusion Fellowship (LEIF) Program
LAFLA will award up to five $7,500 fellowships to eligible 2021 Summer Law Clerks. LAFLA recognizes the existence of racial inequity in the educational system and the lack of diversity in the legal community. LAFLA also acknowledges the importance of a legal community that represents our client community. The LEIF Program is designed to engage and empower law students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession in their pursuit of public interest legal careers.

To apply for the LEIF Program, please complete our volunteer application and select the checkbox at the end to indicate your interest in the program.

Eligibility criteria include: Student must identify as a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the practice of law (e.g., ethnically diverse persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBT persons); demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and inclusivity; be willing to join and remain a member of the LEIF Program community during and after the summer law clerk program, to connect with future fellows and support the continued growth of the LEIF Program.

LAFLA 2021 Summer Law Clerk Stipend
Each law clerk will receive a $500 stipend for participation in our full-time summer law clerk program. LAFLA recognizes that law student volunteers play a vital role in advancing LAFLA’s mission and encourages the development of future public interest lawyers and pro bono volunteers. Note: This does not apply to LEIF Program awardees who will each receive $7,500 for their service.

Law Clerk Work:

Under the supervision of an experienced attorney, volunteers have the opportunity to provide various levels of assistance to LAFLA clients including but not limited to:

  • Conduct client intake interviews
  • Provide information/advice to clients 
  • Analyze and assess client needs 
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda
  • Draft motions and trial briefs
  • Assist attorneys at court for motions and trials
  • Develop resource and educational materials for clients 
  • Support policy work addressing issues affecting LAFLA clients
  • Participate in Coalition meetings 
  • Attend administrative or court proceedings
  • Argue a motion in court (if certified)

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application here.

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps:

LAFLA’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach Project is currently seeking qualified law clerks for paid positions in the Crime Victims Justice Corps. Interested applicants, please apply here.

Other Volunteers

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that support the delivery of legal services to clients in Los Angeles County. These opportunities are extended to interpreters, undergraduate students, paralegals, paralegal and social work students, and other community members as needs arise. In particular, the following projects welcome community volunteer applications year-round, with ongoing needs for bilingual/multilingual staffing:

Some of our opportunities are offered during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. We generally do not offer community volunteer opportunities on evenings or weekends. Bilingual Spanish, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Khmer speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application here.

Careers

Make a change in the fight for equal justice. Join us at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest public interest law firms, providing comprehensive legal services to more than 100,000 people living in poverty each year.

The leadership of LAFLA is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation.

Fellowships

LAFLA invites recent law school graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career to submit fellowship applications. LAFLA has hosted fellows from various programs, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and school-based fellowships.