Volunteer Opportunities for Law Students and Law School Graduates (JDs)

Volunteer law students and recent law school graduates play a vital role in LAFLA’s mission to serve the legal needs of low-income clients. At the same time, all LAFLA projects are structured to provide law students and graduates with practical, hands-on legal experience that complements their law school coursework.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our projects, please fill out the online application. Bilingual students and graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: LAFLA gives preference to students who can commit to at least one semester or who can commit 10 or more hours per week. Students are encouraged to apply for funding through their law school and other grant opportunities.

Volunteer 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)

Opportunities During the School Year: Law students may participate as an extern or volunteer during the fall, spring and summer semesters. LAFLA regularly seeks talented, enthusiastic law students who want to assist low-income clients with their many urgent needs. During the school year, students typically volunteer at least 10-15 hours per week.

LAFLA is currently accepting applications for fall 2017. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.

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

Summer Opportunities: Each summer, LAFLA hosts approximately 40 law students as part of its summer program. Law clerks volunteer on a full-time basis and participate in various team-building organized summer events and programs aimed to help introduce law students to the legal community.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application here.

AmeriCorps Fellowships for Volunteer Law Clerks: LAFLA encourages all volunteer law students to participate in the AmeriCorps Fellowship program, which provides a stipend to students who apply and complete 300 hours of service to LAFLA during the year. All applicants must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident and pass a criminal background check. AmeriCorps JD participants receive an Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,212 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be applied toward student loans or tuition, but please note that this award is not a cash stipend. Interested students may contact Pro Bono Director Phong Wong.

Office Locations

We also have three Domestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates four Self-Help Legal Access Centers located in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.