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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.)

Anaheim Office Volunteer (Anaheim)

The Anaheim office is a small satellite office serving Northeast Orange County located at 250 E. Center Street. We seek smart and dedicated volunteers to help us with our demanding workload. Casework includes divorce/family, civil, landlord/tenant and more.

Qualifications:

  • Current college undergraduate/masters/law student, or
  • Community members with office experience

To Apply:

  1. Send Resume/cover letter to volunteer@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Community Legal Services 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 Services 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 performing intake interviews on 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/a>
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Law Student Clerkship (Santa Ana)

Learn about family law, civil matters, housing law, immigration, tax law, government benefits, and more under the supervision of CLA SoCal’s Litigation Department. Clerks get an opportunity to get hands-on experience that they can apply in their careers.

Qualifications:

  • Current law student, or
  • Graduated law student awaiting Bar results

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Tony Lu at tlu@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
Summer Law Student Clerkship (Compton, Norwalk, Santa Ana)

Are you a law student who wants to see what it’s like to be a public interest lawyer? Come spend the summer with Community Legal Aid SoCal, where you can get hands-on experience working with clients in the areas of family law, housing, immigration, tax law, government benefits, expungement, and more, under the supervision of CLA SoCal’s attorneys.

We are accepting 2019 summer law clerk applicants for placement in our Orange County Office (Santa Ana), and our Southeast Los Angeles County Offices (Compton and Norwalk).

Summer law clerks will gain experience interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, researching legal issues, and providing assistance to litigants in clinics. Law clerks who choose to be placed in our Compton office will also spend time assisting unrepresented litigants in the Compton Courthouse Self-Help Center.

Qualifications:

  • Current law student, or
  • Graduated law student awaiting Bar results
  • Minimum 10-week commitment strongly preferred

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Tony Lu at tlu@clsocal.org
  2. Indicate in your cover letter where you would like to be placed (Compton, Norwalk, or Santa Ana)
  3. Fill out the general volunteer application below
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.

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Volunteer (Santa Ana)

The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Community Legal Aid SoCal is looking for a motivated volunteer to work in the tax unit. Ideal candidates would be retired tax attorneys or CPAs. However, a legal, tax or CPA background is not required so long as the individual has in interest in IRS tax issues and a commitment to assist the low income community. Under the supervision of the tax supervising attorney, the duties will include client intake, call backs, and general case work to help resolve the taxpayer problem before the IRS or Tax Court.

Qualifications:

  • Retired tax attorney or CPA (preferred), OR
  • Legal, tax, or CPA background with strong desire to assist the low-income community

To Apply:

  1. Send resume/cover letter to Renato Izquieta at rizqiueta@clsocal.org
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application below
OC Seniors Legal Advocacy Program Volunteer (Santa Ana)

The OC Seniors Legal Advocacy Program accepts aw 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
Fund Development Intern (Santa Ana)

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals in Orange County. CLA SoCal has a staff of 80 employees and operates on a $8 million-dollar budget. There are two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County.

CLA SoCal seeks an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate intern to assist and contribute to the fund development process. As a Fund Development Intern, you will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a non-profit organization functions by interacting with entire teams as well as the communication and cross functionally with other departments. This opportunity is especially beneficial, but not limited, to those pursuing a career in non-profit management, event planning, communications, marketing and/or the non-profit sector.

Assignments may include:

  • Assist with event coordination of the annual CLA SoCal Gala, and other fundraising events.
  • Provide general support to the Fund Development team by writing and editing CLA SoCal marketing materials, producing effective communications on the Legal Aid website, and developing outreach materials
  • Assist in maintaining CLA SoCal’s various social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Etc.
  • Conduct research on prospective donors and data entry
  • Sponsorship coordination, Guest list management, Volunteer and Committee organization
  • Assist in grant compliance procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate Degree
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Serviced minded skills to provide exceptional support
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week for an academic quarter, semester, or at least 3 months (start and end dates are flexible) at the CLA SoCal Santa Ana office.
  • Hours must be between normal business hours: M-F, 9a – 5p
  • Access to transportation

To apply: Complete the application below and submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to ymartinez@clsocal.org with the email subject line: Fund Development Internship Application.

This is an unpaid internship and can be applied towards school credit. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Law Clerk (Summer 2019)

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) will host two law clerks as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Law Clerks will work in our Santa Ana office under the supervision of the Equal Justice Works Fellow-Attorney primarily as a legal research assistant, but also will be expected to perform other tasks of varying complexity in delivering legal services to the victims of crime.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Law Clerks will each receive a summer stipend of $3200.

Examples of duties

  • Conduct legal research into all facets of civil law, including but not limited to immigration and consumer law.
  • Assist the Fellow in preparing pleadings and other writings in connection with, administrative procedures, settlements, and other legal proceedings.
  • Assist the Fellow in gathering information through direct client interaction. This includes screening and interviewing clients.
  • Provide support to the Fellow conducting outreach and educational activities.

Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients.
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors.
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors.
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2018 and work for a minimum 10 weeks, full-time, during the summer.
  • Must be attending an ABA-accredited law school.

Excellence in academic performance will be favored. Bi-lingual Spanish speakers preferred.

To Apply:
Send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@clsocal.org.

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