At NYLAG, a commitment to providing volunteer and pro bono opportunities is a natural extension of its larger mission to deliver the highest quality civil legal services to the greatest number of people in need. Many NYLAG success stories come about through the collaborative effort of NYLAG staff attorneys, pro bono legal partners, and volunteers. By drawing from the talents of pro bono attorneys, law graduates, law students, and other volunteers, NYLAG can provide a greater number of life-changing solutions for low-income New Yorkers.
NYLAG’s clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
If you are interested in getting involved with NYLAG’s volunteer or pro bono program, you may also fill out a short online form so that we can determine which NYLAG volunteer or pro bono opportunities are the best fit for you. To fill out the form, click here.
NYLAG has a robust pro bono program, offering a wide range of meaningful opportunities for attorneys, law graduates and law students to engage in pro bono service. NYLAG partners with major law firms in New York City, in-house corporate counsel, and New York City area law schools to increase access to justice for low-income New Yorkers.
NYLAG’s pro bono program includes:
- Individual case referrals
- Consumer Debt Defense Project
- NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center
- Legal clinics to address urgent and other large-scale needs
To learn more about NYLAG’s pro bono opportunities, click here.
NYLAG volunteers commit to working a minimum of 15 hours or two days per week either at NYLAG’s Manhattan headquarters or at community offices across the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Rockland or Westchester. NYLAG volunteers have diverse backgrounds, from retired attorneys, to attorneys in transition, to law students, law graduates and other volunteers. All NYLAG volunteers share a desire to promote equal access to justice for those unable to afford representation.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at NYLAG and how to apply, click here.
NYLAG has a wide-range of volunteer opportunities for law graduates and law students who seek to fulfill the 50-hour pro bono requirement to be admitted to the New York State Bar. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of NYLAG staff attorneys on a variety of projects. Volunteers who are solely seeking to fulfill their 50 hours of pro bono service are encouraged to participate in NYLAG’s One-Day Legal Clinic Program.
To see the current one-day legal clinic schedule, click here.
NYLAG has available opportunities for semester-long internships. To see available opportunities, click here.
NYLAG has employment opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, and support staff who seek to join a dynamic, fast-paced environment where your colleagues are committed to increasing access to justice for New Yorkers.
To learn about specific positions available at NYLAG, click here.
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) sponsors third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis, and Open Society Institute fellowships. These positions would commence in the Fall of 2017.