Pro Bono Opportunities for Law Students
Housing Court Lawyer for the Day
We need law students to help staff the Boston Housing Court Lawyer for the Day Project on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Law students help screen clients for eligibility and assist the volunteer attorneys with landlord-tenant cases. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Attorney Yugo Nakai at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-423-0648 x151. SIGN UP NOW
Probate and Family Court Limited Assistance Lawyer for the Day
Student volunteers are needed at the Suffolk Probate and Family Court Courtroom Lawyer for the Day Project run by VLP and Senior Partners for Justice on Friday mornings. At the Probate and Family Court, law students at the help the attorneys with cases, screen clients for eligibility for legal services, do brief initial client interviews to get basic information about their case, and help clients fill out guardianship petitions. This is also a good volunteer opportunity for law school graduates awaiting bar exam results. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Attorney Barbara Siegel at email@example.com or 617-423-0648 x123. We encourage students interested in helping with guardianship petitions to attend one of VLP's bi-monthly Introduction to Guardianship of Minors trainings. See www.vlpnet.org for a listing of upcoming trainings. SIGN UP NOW
VLP and Senior Partners operate additional Guardianship Clinics in the Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk County Probate and Family Courts. Law student volunteers are needed to assist unrepresented petitioners fill out the pleadings for and file guardianship of minor petitions. This is an interesting, time-limited pro bono opportunity for law students and law graduates awaiting bar results.
CLINIC LOCATIONS AND TIMES:
Suffolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse in the hallway outside the Register's office.
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Brooke Courthouse outside courtroom 2.
Middlesex County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the courthouse in East Cambridge.
Norfolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Register's office of the courthouse in Canton.
If you are interested or have questions please contact Attorney Barbara Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-423-0648 x123. We encourage students interested in helping with guardianship petitions to attend one of VLP's bi-monthly Introduction to Guardianship of Minors trainings. See www.vlpnet.org for a listing of upcoming trainings. SIGN UP NOW
Internship in the Probate and Family Court
Senior Partners for Justice Public Service Internship in the Probate & Family Courts. Interns are placed in the Suffolk, Middlesex, and Norfolk County Probate and Family Courts, working directly alongside courthouse staff. This is a great behind-the-scenes experience for law students interested in family law. The internship runs in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. It is possible to participate for more than one semester. Find out more. If you have questions, please contact Russell Rennie at email@example.com or 617-423-0648 x129. APPLY NOW
Other Ways for Law Students to Get Involved:
- legal research
- case intake
- obtaining documentation for bankruptcy filings
- obtaining medical and work records
- administrative advocacy
- work on special projects
- students who are fluent in foreign languages can assist with interpreting for clients or assist in the translation of VLP materials for clients
Consider volunteering over Winter or Spring break, like these students from Boston University Law School. Read more about their experience volunteering at VLP during their 2012 Spring break.
Joanne Oleksyk, Kristen Dooley and Kelly Soltis
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chief Counsel Lynn Girton at VLP.