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Volunteer

Community Legal Aid SoCal is home to a vibrant volunteer and intern community! We host several volunteer positions year-round. We currently host several remote volunteer opportunities and are working to develop more.

We welcome volunteers with varying expertise and experience to better serve our clients and support our efforts to deliver our mission. We make every effort to match individuals with opportunities based on their qualifications and indicated areas of interest, and strongly encourage individuals who are fluent in foreign languages to apply. Please review the following positions carefully, as requirements differ greatly between positions.

Please be advised that volunteer applicants for the Health unit positions must be willing to undergo a Live Scan background check to be considered for a position. This process can be lengthy so we recommend you apply for a volunteer position 1-2 months in advance of your desired start date.

The Process:

When your application is submitted, it is sent through to our pro bono coordinator.  Please note that we receive several applications each day and are not always able to find a place for everyone.  If you are not selected, we encourage you to check back again for new opportunities.

If you are selected, you will either receive a call or email from our pro bono coordinator.

The average time it takes to complete this application is 10-15 minutes.

Volunteer opportunities are below. (If you are looking for employment opportunities, click here.)

Paralegal Volunteers for Intake and Legal Clinics (Remote)

We have a limited number of remote positions available for paralegals and paralegal students. Currently, we are developing an interest list for our volunteer positions in our Intake and Assessment Unit. This is a call center environment. Intake volunteers perform intake interviews with applicants seeking to qualify for legal services.

Duties Include:

  • Answering phones
  • Critical thinking
  • Establishing a legal fact pattern
  • Effective note-taking
  • Communicating effectively and efficiently with attorneys, co-workers, and clients
  • Maintaining confidential client records
  • Practicing patient and respectful communication with CLA SoCal’s diverse, low-income clientele; performing conflict checks
  • Attending clinics and workshops and other trainings to understand and better serve the client community

Qualifications:

  • Computer & typing skills are A MUST
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese) greatly desired
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to spend majority of time volunteering on phone with the public
  • Paralegal or paralegal student
  • 3+ months commitment
  • ~12+ hours per week

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to our pro bono coordinator, Monica Mar, at volunteer@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
  3. Please note that we are currently keeping an interest list for these volunteer positions and will contact you as new opportunities become available.
Volunteer Attorney Opportunities (Remote)

We have a great need for experienced volunteer attorneys in several legal areas (listed below). For attorneys interested in volunteering in a new area of law, we offer training and supervision and are working to develop additional virtual trainings and volunteer opportunities in response to changing community needs.

Currently, we have a need for volunteer attorneys in the following areas:

  • Housing (unlawful detainer defense)
  • Seniors Legal Assistance
  • Public Benefits
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Conservatorship
  • Family Law
  • Health Access

Qualifications:

  • Currently licensed to practice law in California or awaiting bar exam results
  • Desire to assist CLA SoCal’s diverse, low-income clients
  • Ability to participate in training (if no prior experience in legal practice area selected)

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to our pro bono coordinator, Monica Mar, at volunteer@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Vietnamese Interpreter (Remote)

Vietnamese-speaking interpreter needed for assisting the needs of our intake and clinic services.  Volunteer should be proficient in written and spoken Vietnamese and English.

Qualifications:

  • Proficient written and spoken Vietnamese and English
  • Legal background a plus

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to our pro bono coordinator, Monica Mar, at volunteer@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Interested in volunteering? Apply Now
Interested in volunteering? Apply Now