Law Student Volunteers

Last Modified: 08/18/2022

Community Legal Services offers a wide range of options for volunteer opportunities as well as externships for course credit or service learning.

Each school sets its own requirements for externships (academic credit), usually requiring a minimum number of hours per semester.  If you are interested, contact your school internship/externship or career services program to learn about their requirements for receiving academic credit including application deadlines, and required number of service hours before contacting us to arrange the opportunity that will best fit your needs.

Requirements for volunteering with CLS:

  • A commitment to helping low-income persons;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • An ability to work both independently and with a team;
  • Respect for people of diverse cultures, communities, and backgrounds;
  • Attention to detail;
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks. 

Email us at volunteer @clsmf to get started.

If you are interested in volunteering with us but are not in law school, visit our Other Volunteers page for opportunities.

List of law student opportunities.

Join our team of dedicated pro bono lawyers in serving the most vulnerable in our community! When you work with one our pro bono lawyers on a case, you have the opportunity to develop client interview, case management, and legal research and writing skills. You are able to directly apply your education in a practical learning environment with the mentorship of the pro bono lawyer handling the case.

Join CLS in your community! Gain valuable experience while supporting activities that help our communities.

Visit the CLS events calendar for upcoming legal clinics and events and sign-up to volunteer your time, talent, and energy to serve our communities.

You can help by:

  • Registering attendees using CLS iPads;
  • Working with applicants to help them complete an application online; or
  • Providing general information about CLS services.

Your understanding and involvement in the your community – the communities we serve – can help us in significant ways and give you a lot to feel proud of.

All volunteers must complete an application , background check, and orientation process before arriving at the event. 

Community Legal Services offers a wide range of options for volunteer opportunities as well as externships for course credit or service learning.

Each school sets its own requirements for externships (academic credit), usually requiring a minimum number of hours per semester.  Students should contact their school internship/externship or career services program to learn about the school’s requirements for receiving academic credit including application deadlines, minimum number of service hours, etc. before contacting us.