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Current Pro Bono Opportunities for Students

All opportunities listed here meet Penn Law’s pro bono eligibility guidelines.

Opportunities that are expected to be eligible for the New York Bar pro bono requirement are marked as such. You may also use the tags to sort opportunities by type. This page is regularly updated as positions are filled and new ones become available.

Information about the New York bar pro bono requirement.

External Pro Bono Opportunities


    Who Can Participate
    All Students

    Organization Website


    Ceiba has several direct client and research projects available for Penn Law students. Ceiba is looking for students who have a significant interest in poverty law, specifically issues of immigration and/or housing.

    This opportunity is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

    Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week.

    To Express Interest

    Send your resume and brief letter of interest to Lillian Gardiner.

    Tags: Research, Direct Client Service, NYBar, CEIBA
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website


    The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement is a non- profit organization started by Judge Marjorie Rendell and Governor Edward Rendell to promote civics education and engagement.  The Rendell Center offers opportunities for educators and the broader community to develop the knowledge, practices and dispositions of engaged citizenship.  For educators, the Rendell Center creates curriculum content, pedagogical tools, and professional development experiences.  For students, the Rendell Center develops literacy-based programs and experiential learning exercises. 

    We are looking for dynamic, innovative and passionate individuals interested in joining our team to assist in the development of civics/literacy curriculum for students in grades k-6. The curriculum has a strong legal focus and includes the development of Literacy Based Mock trials. You will be contributing to the development of the vision and scope of new curriculum projects and ongoing development and publication of daily and weekly content materials.

    Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per week


    Pennsylvania law requires all volunteers in the Philadelphia School District to complete background checks. Contact TPIC for guidance in navigating this process.

    To Express Interest

    Send resume and letter of interest to Lillian Gardiner in TPIC.

    Tags: Civics, Rendell Center
  • Earthjustice

    Who Can Participate

    All students with a commitment to environmental protection or environmental justice and with strong research, analytic, and writing skills.

    Organization Website


    Earthjustice, the nation’s premier non profit law organization, seeks an unpaid legal intern for Fall 2015 to do research and writing in support of our litigation.  The intern will work under the direct supervision of attorneys in our Philadelphia office, which focuses on litigation involving the coal industry.  The intern will assist in case investigation, legal research and discovery.  A minimum of 8-10 hrs./week is required.

    To Express Interest

    Using the Jobvite application tool, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Click here to apply.

    Date Posted: August 21, 2015

    Tags: Environment, earthjustice
  • Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    This opportunity is likely to be NY Bar eligible.

    Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia is a legal aid  organization which works in cooperation with existing community-based ministries to provide legal and spiritual services with the love of God to low-income clients.

    We have started legal clinics in North, South, and West Philadelphia, as well as Chester. Our clinics are housed by ministries that have served the needs of their communities for many years. Clinic clients receive a free one-hour consultation where they meet with one of our licensed volunteer clinic attorneys. Where appropriate, the attorney will offer to pray with the client and address spiritual and family concerns which may be at the root of the legal problems. Where ongoing representation is indicated, we coordinate referrals to qualified counsel through our network of referral attorneys who accept cases on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis.

    We are seeking the assistance of 24 volunteer law students to assist with client intake and consultations. Volunteers are not required to be of a certain faith background to participate in this project. The project will last the duration of the Fall semester.

    Population serviced:

    Predominantly low income minority residents of the communities where the clinics are held.


    • Assist volunteer attorneys with client intake and consultations.

    • Input case data into online database

    • Review discharge form with clients and make sure followup appointments are scheduled when necessary.

    • Volunteers are asked to commit to assist at 1 clinic per month. Each clinic requires a 3 hour commitment.

    • Clinics are held on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings..

    • Need to bring laptop with wireless capabilities.

    • Volunteers will are asked, but not required, to help with special expungement and estate planning clinics.

    Volunteers can select from one of the following clinic sites:

    Salvation Army Legal Clinic (every 1st & 3rd Thursday)

    55th & Market


    Ayuda Legal Clinic (every 1st & 3rd Thursday)

    4455 N. 6th St, Ste 100


    South Philly Legal Clinic (every 1st Saturday)

    1832 S 11th St (Philadelphia Access Center)


    Carroll Park Legal Clinic (Every 4th Thursday)

    1536 N 59th St (Sweet Union Baptist Church)


    Germantown Legal Clinic (Every 2nd Thursday)

    5507 Germantown Ave (Impacting Your World Christian Center)


    Kensington Legal Clinic (Every 3rd Saturday)

    228 E Allegheny Ave (Bethel Temple Community Bible Church)


    Volunteers can also choose to participate in one of our special estate planning or expungement clinics. These clinics are typically held on Saturday mornings at partner locations throughout the city.

    To Express Interest

    Please submit resume and email of interest to:

    Jaimee Moore

    Date Posted: August 5, 2015

    Tags: Christian Legal Clinics, NYBar
  • Human Rights First






    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website


    Refugee Representation welcomes law students to apply for our Fall 2015 legal internship. This internship will provide qualified applicants with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. asylum system, as well as practical experience in interviewing, case preparation, and direct client service skills.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest and commitment to legal representation of asylum seekers, and wish to work directly with asylum seeking clients. Those selected for the internship will preferably be fluent in a relevant second language, but this is not a requirement for the position.


    • Assist staff in conducting intake interviews with potential asylum clients by taking notes, providing interpretation services (depending on foreign language ability), and writing interview-based reports with extensive country conditions research;
    • Assist staff with legal research on active cases, preparation for trainings, meetings, special projects, and other events;
    • Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed;
    • Respond to requests for assistance from potential asylum seekers in the DC metro area, as well as individuals in immigration detention nationwide;
    • Assist staff in identifying, analyzing, and responding to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions from federal courts or the Board of Immigration Appeals;
    • Other tasks as needed.


    • Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred but not required);
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Excellent research skills;
    • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish, French, Amharic/Tigrinya, Farsi or Arabic);
    • Ability to handle several tasks at once while working independently or as a member of a team;
    • Compassion, empathy, and a sense of humor.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Part Time (minimum commitment of 2 days/week)

    To Express Interest

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are asked to submit a writing sample along with their application, cover letter and resume.


    Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

    Date Posted: July 21, 2015

    Tags: Human Rights, Refugee, Direct Client Service
  • Honoring the Future

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website


    Honoring the Future, a nonprofit climate education project, seeks a pro bono legal intern for fall 2015 to research and write about domestic and international legal developments on climate change.

    Research and writing will be used to update educational materials published on project website, so ability to explain legal concepts succinctly and in language clearly understandable to the general public is essential.

    The intern will report directly to the Project Director in Washington DC via email and regularly scheduled conference calls; research and writing can be done from a remote location. A minimum of 8-10 hrs./week is required.

    To Express Interest

    Apply online at; no phone calls please! Include resume, writing sample, and an explanation of no more than 100 words on any pertinent legal development not already described at

    Date Posted: July 14, 2015

    Tags: Honoring the Future, Education