UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program

Many Washington families can’t get the legal help they need, simply because they can’t afford it.

The UW Bridging the Gap Program is here to help. Our program is a partnership with the Washington State Bar Association and the other 2 law schools in this state.

We connect 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.

If you need legal help, apply now for the UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program.

If you are a lawyer interested in participating in the Program, sign up now.

If you are a law student, read on:

How does the program work?

  • Gap interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.
  • After a case has been evaluated and determined to be appropriate for the program, the student will contact one or more participating attorneys who will be offered the opportunity to work with the client at a reduced fee.
  • Once an attorney has agreed to take a case, the client will be directed to the attorney and the intake materials developed by the student will be sent to the attorney.
  • The attorney will then meet in person with the client to determine what services are appropriate.

What kind of commitment do I need to make to be involved?

  • We ask that student interns commit to a minimum of five hours a week.
  • The Bridging the Gap will run year-round, so students will have the opportunity to participate for more than one quarter.

How do I get involved or learn more ?

You can ask additional questions or apply to be a Gap intern by submitting a cover letter, resume and class schedule care of Ann Spangler at . Please include "Bridging the Gap" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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