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Current Pro Bono Opportunities for Students

All opportunities listed here meet Penn Law’s pro bono eligibility guidelines.Those marked with an apple icon are expected to be eligible for the New York Bar pro bono requirement. 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

  • Citizenship Day 2015 (1 day only!)

    imageOn September 19, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will sponsor “Citizenship Day 2015,” a single-day workshop with sites around the country providing assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization.

    Join AILA Pro Bono Citizenship Day and Philadelphia’s Step Up to Citizenship initiative to welcome New Americans. The collaboration is seeking 100 pro bono attorneys and legal advocates. 
     
    Sign up here for a training session.
    Sign up here to volunteer.
     
    Go to the Step Up to Citizenship website at www.stepuptocitizenship.org to read more about the campaign.
    Tags: Immigration, citizenship, NYBar
  • 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

    www.earthjustice.org

    Description

    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 Apply

    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
  • Family Court Help Center

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://philalegal.org/

    Description

    imageLast semester, the long-anticipated Philadelphia Family Court Help Center finally opened, and has met with early success, helping more than 100 people each month. The Help Center provides self-represented litigants with critical legal information and assists them in preparing pleadings. The Help Center is open for three (3) hours daily, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is supervised by a rotating staff of public interest and pro bono attorneys.

    However, we cannot do this alone. The task force driving the Help Center, headed by PLA, is seeking up to three (3) local law students to staff the Help Center for pro bono hours.

    During the nine (9) hours per week the student(s) will commit to the Help Center, the student(s) will assist self-represented parties navigating the complexities of litigation by:

    • Helping them identify, prepare, and file needed pleadings.
    • Connecting them to additional external resources.
    • Educating them about the process of litigation, different options open to them, including alternative dispute resolution, and various possible outcomes that could contribute to increased family stability.

    To Express Interest

    Please contact PLA’s Family Law Supervising Attorney Susan Pearlstein (spearlstein@philalegal.org).

    Date Posted: August 20, 2015

    Tags: family court, PLA, NYBar
  • ADA Pro Bono Clinic

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.ada.gov/

    Description

    imageStudents will work directly with individuals with disabilities to provide legal information on prohibited discrimination and reasonable accommodation under the ADA, and how to maintain public benefits while working. Clinics will be held in the evening and/or Friday afternoons for approximately 2-3 hours.   Each clinic will be held at a different location in Philadelphia that is accessible by public transit.

    Students must commit to attending a minimum of 2 clinics per semester, and attend a training on Friday September 11, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Public Interest Law Center.  Students may attend the training remotely if necessary. This is a great opportunity to work directly with individuals who need legal help to access their rights under the law. 

    To Express Interest

    Email a resume and short statement of interest to Julie Foster at jfoster@pilcop.org by Friday, September 4, 2015. You may also call 267-546-1313 with questions about this opportunity. 

    Date Posted: August 7, 2015

    Tags: ADA, Disability Rights, NYBar
  • Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    clcphila.org

    Description

    imageChristian 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.

    Responsibilities:

    • 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

    5-8pm

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

    4455 N. 6th St, Ste 100

    4-7pm

    South Philly Legal Clinic (every 1st Saturday)

    1832 S 11th St (Philadelphia Access Center)

    9-12pm

    Carroll Park Legal Clinic (Every 4th Thursday)

    1536 N 59th St (Sweet Union Baptist Church)

    5-8pm

    Germantown Legal Clinic (Every 2nd Thursday)

    5507 Germantown Ave (Impacting Your World Christian Center)

    5-8pm

    Kensington Legal Clinic (Every 3rd Saturday)

    228 E Allegheny Ave (Bethel Temple Community Bible Church)

    9-12pm

    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

    jmoore@clcphila.org

    Date Posted: August 5, 2015

    Tags: Christian Legal Clinics, NYBar
  • Human Rights First

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    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

    Description

    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.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • 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.

    DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • 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.

    APPLICATIONS MATERIALS SHOULD BE EMAILED TO JOCELYN DYER, STAFF ATTORNEY AT: dyerj@humanrightsfirst.org

    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

    http://www.honoringthefuture.org/

    Description

    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 info@honoringthefuture.org; 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 http://www.honoringthefuture.org/climate-smarts/climate-resources/law/.

    Date Posted: July 14, 2015

    Tags: Honoring the Future, Education
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Who Can Participate

    One second or third year law student

    Organization Website

    www.chop.edu

    Description

    Legal interns support the eight lawyers in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Office of General Counsel and work on various projects under the guidance of the legal team. This work includes legal research, drafting and reviewing contracts, preparing legal memoranda, and drafting position statements in human resources matters. This internship is a great opportunity for students who are interested developing issues in health law such as health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, and scientific research. Students will work with the other lawyers and professional staff in the Office of General Counsel on health law related projects, and have exposure to what working in a hospital corporate legal department is like.

    We require eight hours per week during business hours, which may be scheduled over two days, with a preference for students who will work a structured schedule each week. These hours are eligible for the Penn Law Pro Bono Requirement.

    Start Date: September 8, 2015

    To Express Interest

    Submit resume and email of interest to:

    Annemarie Boyan, Esquire

    Associate General Counsel

    boyana@email.chop.edu

     

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    3615 Civic Center Blvd., Room 1331

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Date Posted: July 5, 2015

    Tags: CHOP
  • National Constitution Center

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://constitutioncenter.org/

    Description

    Legal Studies interns have the opportunity to engage with the National Constitution Center’s scholarly research and writing. This internship is a great opportunity for students who are enthusiastic about American history and constitutional theory. Students will assist with the production of our online Interactive Constitution; write posts for our Constitution Daily blog; and assist with collecting background research for the many debates, lectures, and other programming we have here at the Center. Students will work with the Center’s Digital, Content, and Executive teams to work on scholarly Constitutional work.

    We require a minimum of four hours per week during business hours here at the NCC. These hours are eligible for the Penn Law Pro Bono Requirement.

    To Express Interest

    Submit resume and email of interest to:

    Annie Monjar

    National Constitution Center

    amonjar@constitutioncenter.org

    Date Posted: June 23, 2015

    Tags: Research, National Constitution Center