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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. Volunteer duties range from simple clerical and support work to hands-on legal and organizational work.

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 2-3 months in advance of your desired start date.

The Process:

When your application is submitted, it is sent through our network of attorneys and department heads to see if your skills and availability match their needs.  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 try again in 30 days.

Applications are kept active for 30 days. If you are selected, you will either receive a call or email from one of our interested departments.  Please note that our Human Resources staff does not make selections on volunteers but rather serve only as custodians of volunteer records.

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

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

Community Legal Aid SoCal Volunteer (Compton)

Do you have a passion for justice? Are you established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career? Become a volunteer for justice in Southeast Los Angeles County, in our Compton office! Areas of law include family, domestic violence, housing issues, government benefits, and more!

Qualifications:

  • Established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career
  • Passion for justice

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Anthony Filer at afiler@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Volunteer (Compton Self-Help Center at Compton Courthouse)

We are seeking community members and law students who are interested in an unpaid volunteer opportunity or internship with CLA SoCal’s Compton Self-Help Center and Restraining Order Clinic. Learn about family law, restraining orders, unlawful detainers and civil matters.

Qualifications:

  • Community members, law student, or paralegal student
  • Passion for justice

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Christine Martin at cmartin@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Community Legal Aid SoCal Volunteer (Norwalk)

Do you have a passion for justice? Are you established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career? Become a volunteer for justice in Southeast Los Angeles County, in our Norwalk office! Areas of law include family, domestic violence, housing issues, government benefits, and more!

Qualifications:

  • Established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career
  • Passion for justice

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Anthony Filer at afiler@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Marketing & Communications Internship (Santa Ana)

Are you passionate about social justice? Are you looking for a meaningful experience that will allow you to make a difference in the lives of those who are voiceless? If so, then join our team at the Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) as a Marketing & Communications Intern in the Fund Development department.

Qualifications:

  • Current college undergraduate/masters student, OR
  • Community member with office experience
  • Experience in marketing, graphic design, blogging, digital photography and/or grant writing
  • Interest in assisting our local low-income community to gain access to justice
  • Non-profit experience a plus

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Mary Lou Czerner at mczerner@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Hotline Intake Representative (Santa Ana)

Hotline intake representatives perform a critical role to support the Community Legal Aid SoCal Mission. This is where the action begins. This is a call center environment. Hotline 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
  • And more

We offer flexible scheduling for students and professionals interested in transitioning into the legal field. Shifts are typically 3-4 hours, two to three days per week. The Hotline is open Monday-Thursday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Friday (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Because of the important role of this position, please serious inquiries only. This position requires a minimum of 3 months commitment due to heavy training component.  While this position is entry-level, it offers a fantastic learning opportunity for law and paralegal students looking to gain knowledge about diverse areas of law and serving a low-income community.

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Fatima Dadabhoy at fdadabhoy@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Summer Law Student Clerkship 2020 (Southeast Los Angeles or Santa Ana)

Summer law clerks will develop a broad understanding of the issues facing lowincome and underserved communities in and around Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Interns will have direct client contact and will be given the opportunity to work under staff attorneys in several legal practice areas.  A heavy emphasis will be placed on housing, family safety and domestic violence related case work. 

CLA SoCal seeks enthusiastic, analytical, and compassionate law students who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm.  We are committed to creating and cultivating an exceptional and diverse cohort of summer law students. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, lived experiences and competencies.  

CLA SoCal hosts two summer law clerk programs for students to choose from; Southeast Los Angeles and Santa Ana.  Both programs are 10-week full-time (35 hours a week) and are currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Southeast Los Angeles Summer Program:  Under the supervision of CLA SoCal staff, summer law clerks will rotate though three placements over the course of our ten-week, full-time program:  (1) the Compton Court Self-Help Center, where students will assist large volumes of litigants seeking assistance primarily with their family law and housing cases; (2) the Restraining Order Clinic at the Compton Courthouse where students will assist survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse or harassment in seeking protection for themselves and their loved ones; and (3) a smaller portion of the summer will be spent in the Compton Office to prepare a memorandum which can be used by the student as a writing sample. 

Santa Ana Summer Program: Summer clerks will be placed in one of our legal units to work the entirety of the ten-week summer program.  The students will work under the direct supervision of one attorney and gain in-depth experience in a specific legal area and exposure to additional areas if desired.  Students will complete at least one assignment that can be used as a writing sample. Opportunities for placement in our legal units may include: housing, family law, assisting victims domestic violence, seniors, health access, immigration, consumer law, government benefits and anti-human trafficking. 

Qualifications:

  • Current law student (1L or 2L)

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Monica Mar at volunteer@clsocal.org
Volunteer Attorneys, Health Consumer Action Center (Santa Ana)

We are looking for volunteer attorneys who would like to help with Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) health cases and gain valuable legal experience. CCI is a cutting-edge demonstration program rolling out in Orange County that will integrate Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits into one health plan called Cal MediConnect (branded as OneCare Connect in Orange County).

Qualifications:

  • CA licensed attorney
  • Health law background a plus

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Sara Lee at slee@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below

Please note that all Health Consumer Action Center volunteers are required to submit to a Live Scan background check and complete security training requirements of the Department of Managed Health Care.  The costs of these requirements will be covered by CLA SoCal.

OC Seniors Legal Advocacy Program Volunteer (Santa Ana)

The OC Seniors Legal Advocacy Program accepts law student volunteers and retired attorneys to assist with the legal needs of Orange County’s senior citizen community. Duties include callbacks, legal research, advocacy, legal writing, and more. Learn elder law and help advocate for one of Orange County’s more vulnerable populations, helping senior citizens to maintain dignity, stability, and economic independence.

Qualifications:

  • Current law student or graduate awaiting Bar results, OR
  • Retired attorney

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Laura Luu at lluu@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Vietnamese Interpreter (Santa Ana)

Vietnamese-speaking interpreter needed for assisting the needs of our intake and clinic services. Job may require local travel. 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 Laura Luu at lluu@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Interested in volunteering? Apply Now
Interested in volunteering? Apply Now