Pro Bono Opportunities
Gateway Legal Services
Gateway is a nonprofit legal aid law firm dedicated to helping the poor and disabled, focusing primarily on consumer and social security issues.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Provides legal and supportive services to improve the lives of its clients to assist them in obtaining social and economic justice.
Opportunities: serve as a legal intern in the senior citizens, home ownership, or domestic violence projects; interns typically interview clients, investigate cases, draft pleadings, and in some cases represent clients in administrative or court hearings
Qualifications/Requirements: prefer 2Ls and 3Ls, prefer students who can make a two semester commitment; interview, training provided by directing attorney; can take 2-4 weeks before an internship can start; requires 10 hours per week (Monday through Friday)
Dedicated to helping victims of abuse in times of crisis. LAAW works with legal system, law enforcement and the criminal and civil courts systems.
- Opportunities: serve as a volunteer lawyer and represent victims who qualify for free legal representation at Order of Protection hearings. Opportunities: volunteer lawyers needed for casework and fund-raising opportunities; law students not yet Rule 13 approved may work on the volunteer help line, if Rule 13 approved they may assist volunteer lawyers with casework.
- Qualifications/Requirements: volunteer lawyers contact Katie Wessling, the agency attorney, at 314-452-6492 if interested in volunteering and are required to attend a two-hour CLE-approved session.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
LSEM is a private, non-profit organization providing legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people in civil cases. Some of the areas addressed by the office include domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness (including homeless adolescents), homeowners' mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration, access for children to appropriate educational services, and the volunteer lawyer program.
Opportunities: legal interns needed for above departments; tasks include: client intake, drafting pleadings and motion, filing at courthouses, research, assisting with interviewing clients, setting court dates, case management, drafting financial agreements, investigation, and advocacy.
Qualifications/Requirements: positions for all level students, some positions have preference for Rule 13, immigration unit prefers students who have had immigration class(es) and speak a second language; initial screening and then interview with attorney in desired unit; hour long orientation required.
VLAA offers legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal and accounting problems.
- Opportunities: volunteer lawyers work one-on-one with clients regarding arts-related legal issues, recruit volunteer lawyers, accept speaking engagements for VLAA , write or edit VLAA publications or participate in the Arts Resolutions Services program as a mediator; law students may work on research projects, working independently or in small groups or assist with administrative tasks.
- Qualifications and Requirements: volunteer lawyers may work on one case per year which generally requires less than five hours of time spread over several weeks; law students must submit a letter of interest and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.