LAFLA Volunteer Opportunities

Community Volunteers

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers a wide selection of community volunteer opportunities to assist us in delivering legal services to our clients in Los Angeles County. Our current volunteers range from undergraduates to retired executives. Please review these pages for information about the types of volunteer opportunities and how to apply. All of our opportunities are offered during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. We do not offer volunteer opportunities on evenings or weekends.

Volunteers are matched individually with openings in our projects. We do not use volunteers to screen phone calls or handle telephone intake. While a few projects may have trainings or orientations, most simply start new volunteers whenever there is a need.

Volunteer opportunities can be highly competitive; we typically place about 20% of those who apply to volunteer with us. It is advisable to apply for these opportunities, a couple of months before you are ready to start. We are unable to start someone within a few days of receiving an application.

While we require a minimum of 100 hours, the more time an applicant is able to commit, the more likely we can place that volunteer. Other factors include the applicant’s reasons for volunteering, fluency in speaking Spanish or an Asian language, and related experience or training.

Before submitting your information, please check your resume and all correspondence carefully for grammar, spelling, word usage, and syntax. As a law firm we need volunteers with strong communication skills and who pay attention to detail.

Paralegals and Paralegal Students
For paralegals, paralegal students and other community volunteers who wish to volunteer at  one of our Self Help Legal Access Centers located at the Inglewood, Santa Monica, Torrance or Long Beach courthouses, please submit a cover letter and résumé to communityvolunteer@lafla.org

High School Students
LAFLA does use high school volunteers from time to time in administrative and clerical positions. Students must be able to travel to our offices and must demonstrate strong academic accomplishments. LAFLA policies prohibit anyone under 18 from interacting with clients. Students must apply personally; LAFLA will not accept applications from parents or guardians.

Other Community Volunteers
In addition to the categories listed above, LAFLA does have opportunities form time to time for retired individuals and others who are not interested in pursuing a legal career.

 

Download an application for community volunteer here, and e-mail to communityvolunteer@lafla.org.

 

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