UW Moderate Means Program

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

The UW Moderate Means Program is here to help. The UW Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

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 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?

  • MMP 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.

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;
  • Time volunteering for MMP qualifies for Pro Bono Honors Program credit.

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 MMP runs year-round, so students 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 an MMP intern by submitting a cover letter and resume care of Ann Spangler at . Please include "Moderate Means Program" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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