Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities
We welcome a full range of volunteers (of all educational and experience backgrounds) who are dedicated to helping us to achieve our mission of high quality legal services for the poor throughout the Bay Area; including: high school and college students, graduates, paralegal students and active paralegals, law school graduates and any civic minded individuals dedicated to helping.
QUESTIONS: Please contact BayLegal’s Pro Bono Counsel with any questions by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Us and Make a Difference!
Opportunities to work in a BayLegal Office or Clinic:
Examples of Projects:
- Volunteer in one of BayLegal’s Regional Offices – Volunteer opportunities are available during standard business hours (Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm). To assure a mutually beneficial opportunity, we generally seek a minimum of 8-12 hours/week and a three month minimum commitment. Depending on prior experience and time commitment, volunteers have the opportunity to work with front line staff to become familiar with the law firm and community needs, and work directly with staff and clients on ongoing cases and projects.
- Paralegal Internships – certified paralegals and paralegal students are encouraged to apply. Work directly with BayLegal staff and have the opportunity to work learn legal procedure and and draft legal pleadings. BayLegal commonly hosts paralegal students seeking to fulfill school required internship hours.Volunteers/Interns have an opportunity to learn a wide range of legal pleadings and practice.
- Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinics – Staff and volunteers assist self represented litigants with the paperwork needed to receive a Temporary Restraining Order. BayLegal conducts Clinics in Redwood City, throughout Contra Costa County, and is a partner in San Francisco’s Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC).
- Housing Law Clinics – BayLegal staff and volunteers assist low-income self-represented litigants in eviction matters.Through the Clinic, BayLegal aims to prevent of homelessness and illegal evictions and improve access to the courts for pro per litigants.
- Interpretation and Translation Volunteers – Volunteers who are fluent in a language other than English, can assist BayLegal in our mission to provide high quality legal services to low-income people regardless of their location, language or disability. Volunteers generally work along side of our staff or volunteer attorneys assisting clients with a range of civil legal needs. This volunteer position is flexible and volunteers are generally contacted on an as-needed basis to assist with particular cases or projects. Interpreter/Translator Application (return with resume)
- Expert/Forensic Assistance – Assist BayLegal attorneys and volunteers with expert assessments needed within a case (ex. business or property evaluation; computer forensics; etc). Please complete Volunteer Application and submit with a copy of your resume.