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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

  • Financial Literacy Project (FLP)

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Description

    Financial Literacy Project (FLP) operates as the Penn Law branch of the ABA-accredited Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and further cooperates with two major Philadelphia tax-assistance non-profits: The Campaign for Working Families (CWF), which manages numerous tax-assistance sites around the Philadelphia metropolitan region, and Ceiba, a Latino-community coalition providing tax services to minority groups in the North Philadelphia area.

    In partnership with both CWF and Ceiba, FLP members provide various services, all of which revolve around FLP’s central tenet of promulgating greater financial awareness and competency to Philadelphia residents.

    To Express Interest

    FLP is happy to take on new volunteers. All volunteers must go through a training program. For more information, contact Jenny Wang.

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  • CEIBA

    Who Can Participate
    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://ceibaphiladelphia.org/

    Description

    This opportunity is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

    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.

    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
  • 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 Express Interest

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

    Tags: Environment, earthjustice
  • Human Rights First

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

    Description

    This opportunity is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

    Refugee Representation welcomes law students to apply for our Spring 2016 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.

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

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.honoringthefuture.org/

    Description

    This opportunity is likely to be NY Bar eligible.

    Honoring the Future, a nonprofit climate education project, seeks a pro bono legal intern for spring 2016 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/.

    Tags: Honoring the Future, Education, NYBar
  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

    Who Can Participate

    PMC is looking for self-motivated interns who are interested in policy, have excellent research and writing abilities, and care about improving our courts. Students with a background in public policy and/or public interest law are encouraged to apply.

    Organization Website

    www.pmconline.org

    Description

    This opportunity is likely to be NY Bar eligible.

    Court Reform Internship Opportunity: PMC is a non-profit organization that works to improve Pennsylvania’s court system. PMC advocates for fairer courts by:

    • Campaigning for a better judicial selection system based on merit;
    • Promoting an improved judicial discipline system;
    • Working for the elimination of racial, gender and ethnic bias in the courts; and
    • Removing politics and money from the court system as much as possible.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Updating PMC’s website, blog, and Facebook/Twitter with real-time court reform developments
    • Observing the legislative process, first-hand, as PMC lobbies for court reform legislation
    • Accompanying staff to bar association meetings and other events, eventually representing PMC at meetings
    • Conducting legal research and writing on court reform issues in PA and nationally, such as judicial recusal guidelines and campaign spending reform

    Time Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours perweek.

    To Express Interest

    Please email info@pmconline.org with a cover letter, resume, and availability.

    Tags: Pro Bono, PMC, Courts, internship, NYBar
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://rendellcenter.org/

    Description

    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

    Skills/knowledge

    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