Pro Bono Opportunities
Not finding what you're looking for? Here are other resources you can use to find pro bono opportunities.
Please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld to confirm that your opportunity satisfies our program requirements
UW-Based Pro Bono Projects
Center for Public Service Law Pro Bono Projects
Moderate Means Program
Many Washington families can’t get the legal help they need, simply because they can’t afford it. The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is here to help. The Moderate Means Program is a partnership between the Washington State Bar Association and Washington’s 3 law schools. MMP connects people within 200–400% of the Federal Poverty Level to lawyers who offer legal help at reduced fees. The program focuses on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer Law.
Law student volunteers get trained on family, housing and consumer law and conduct phone interviews/intakes with prospective clients and match them with program attorneys who agree to represent clients at reduced rates.
International Public Interest Law Projects
The Pro Bono Honors Program partners with UW Law faculty and student leaders to offer law students (especially 1Ls) the opportunity to do pro bono legal research and writing on select international public interest law topics to further the work of partner NGOs working for human rights and/or environmental protection.
For more information please contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld.
Student-Led Pro Bono Projects
Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP) assists immigrant victims of family violence as they petition for permanent residency in the United States. The organization works closely with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and pro bono attorneys from the community. Students gain valuable real-life legal experience working directly with clients and attorneys. Foreign language skills or immigration or domestic violence backgrounds are a plus.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project
The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project is a coalition of law students, social service providers, activists and formerly incarcerated women who seek to change the rights afforded incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in the State of Washington. Students engage in community legal education and self-help assistance.
For more information please contact email@example.com
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington & Record Sealing Clinic
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington is dedicated to addressing the legal needs of at-risk and homeless youth in Seattle. SYLAW-UW law student volunteers participate in training and orientation sessions conducted by local child advocacy attorneys. They then educate street youth through scheduled presentations and, under the supervision of pro bono attorneys, provide self-help legal information and referrals to youth at a drop-in clinic. More information about record sealing.
For more information please contact Eric Siebert, Ryan Thomas, or Kimberly Rae Schertz
Center for Human Rights & Justice: International Treaty Monitoring Project
The International Treaty Monitoring Project (formerly International Human Rights Project) is a project of Center for Human Rights & Justice. ITMP coordinates and partners with NGOs offering pro bono projects such as a human rights shadow report submitted to UN human rights bodies. It also collaborates with the Pro Bono Honors Program and human rights faculty to offer international public interest law pro bono opportunities to UW law students.
For more information please contact Erin Apte or Elysia Ruvinsky
GreenLaw Pro Bono Research Projects
Each year, GreenLaw collaborates with public interest lawyers in the field to work on an environmental law project on behalf of the public or economically disadvantaged clients. Participating 1Ls conduct legal research, work directly with attorneys at their partner organization, and have an impact on an issue of pressing regional significance.
For more information please contact Devra Cohen
Community-Based Pro Bono Programs
Unemployment Law Project
The Unemployment Law Project provides legal assistance and information to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is challenged. This is fantastic opportunity for law students (including 1Ls) to conduct client intake Interviews and possibly represent clients in administrative hearings.
Time Commitment: Minimum 5 hours per week; no maximum; the more hours available, the more likely one can move from doing intakes to doing hearings.
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Be curious and committed to helping people in need; Rule 9 not necessary, but not a disqualifier either.
Type of Supervision and Training: Direct supervision, mentoring, and training both for intakes and hearings.
Description: Law student volunteers are trained to do intake interviews with our potential clients; thereafter, volunteers observe two intakes, are observed doing two intakes, and then are increasingly on their own; these intakes may be presented daily at case review. If the volunteer continues and can invest more time, we train the volunteer to be a representative for clients at adversarial administrative hearings; in this process, there is a training and then the volunteer observes two hearings, is observed doing two or more hearings, and then is more independent; representation includes client prehearing conferences, client preparation, witness preparation, submitting evidence and exhibits, carrying out the representation, and working with the client after the hearing.
Location: Unemployment Law Project, 1904 Third Ave., Suite 604, Seattle, WA 98101
For more information please email Marc Lampson and include "UW law student volunteer" in the subject line.
Housing Justice Project: Legal Assistant
The Housing Justice Project (part of King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services, ) is a homelessness prevention program looking for volunteer legal assistants committed to social justice and interested in helping people in their community by providing legal assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction. Nationally recognized, HJP is the only court-based, housing-related legal services program in King County that provides direct, immediate and real-time client representation to low-income residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Legal assistants conduct client interviews/intake and assist pro bono attorneys and staff as needed. This is a great opportunity for all law students (including 1Ls).
Neighborhood Legal Clinics
The Neighborhood Legal Clinics (part of King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services, ) are looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping people in our community. The NLC program offers free, limited legal advice and referrals to King County residents and those Washington State residents with legal actions filed in King County who might otherwise have no access to the legal system. The goal of the program is to make clinics accessible regardless of a person’s disability or lack of fluency in spoken English.
The NLC welcomes law students to volunteer for the Phone Line Intake Volunteer Document or or volunteer as a Clinic Assistant
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)
The Eastside Legal Assistance Program provides free legal services to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County and domestic violence survivors from all over King County. Low-income families have, on average, at least one situation each year where they need legal advice. Volunteers help low-income individuals and families on the Eastside who need legal services but cannot afford them. Volunteers need to be committed to promoting access to equal justice, have ability to multitask, have excellent communication skills and have the ability to learn quickly and absorb new information.
For more information please see the Phone Intake Line Volunteer Document or the Legal Advice Intake Volunteer Document
To volunteer please download the Law Student Volunteer Form and email it and your resume to Brandy.
Bilingual Legal Clinic: Clinic Assistant & Interpreters
This clinic is sponsored and operated jointly by Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association. Law students are needed to assist pro bono attorneys by conducting client interviews, intakes and Spanish interpretation. Pro bono attorneys provide consultations in the following areas: Immigration, Family, Personal Injury, Landlord-Tenant, Criminal, Property and Consumer Finance.
The clinic is held at El Centro de La Raza every second Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm.
To volunteer please complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
QLAW Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic: Legal Assistant
The QLAW Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic (part of KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics) offers a free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney. Volunteer attorneys are specially trained to discuss civil legal issues commonly faced by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and we welcome all clients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Law students are needed to assist pro bono attorneys by conducting client interviews, intakes, and conduct research as needed.
The clinic is held every third Thursday of the month from 7-9pm.
For more information please contact the GBLT Legal Clinic
Open Door Legal Services
About: Open Door Legal Services serves Seattle’s homeless population along with those in danger of becoming homeless. We provide legal services with the goal of eliminating barriers that frequently prevent people from transitioning out of homelessness. Our typical casework involves quashing warrants, helping to reduce or replace court fines with community service, addressing child support and medical debts, as well as helping with family law issues such as divorce, parenting plans, and domestic violence protection orders.
Student Pro Bono Work: Student volunteers are not assigned to specific cases. Rather, they help with daily tasks associated with the case load. This includes conducting client interviews, writing letters on behalf of clients, researching legal issues, and advocating for clients generally in interactions with courts and agencies.
Time Commitment: Time commitment can range from a few hours per month to several hours per week. This volunteer opportunity is open to all law students.
ODLS is a ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization. All volunteers must be in agreement with the Mission’s statement of faith. The clinic provides legal services to all clients without regard to religion.
For more information please contact David Mace.