UPDATED: November 29, 2016

NYLAG routinely offers one-day legal clinics in the community to address urgent and other large-scale needs. Participants undergo training in the legal issues addressed in the clinic and are supervised by NYLAG staff attorneys. NYLAG has several different one-day legal clinic volunteer opportunities available. Pro bono attorneys, law grads and law students and interpreters are welcome to participate.

All NYLAG One-Day Legal Clinics will count toward the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the New York State Bar.

To sign up for one or more of the One-Day Legal Clinics, please fill out this form. You may contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jaida Samuels at [email protected] for questions, but the only way to sign up for the clinics is via the online form.  

Due to the high volume of interested volunteers, please note it may take 2-3 business days to respond to your request to volunteer. Please wait for confirmation before making plans to go to a site. (Only volunteers who are confirmed for clinics will be contacted.)

Any questions about eligibility for participation in the legal clinics may be directed to Volunteer Coordinator, Jaida Samuels, at [email protected]

Current one-day clinic opportunities include:


Citizenship & Naturalization Clinic

According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service, only 40% of eligible immigrants in the New York City metro area have applied for naturalization. Citizenship provides immigrants with many benefits, including: voting rights, expanded opportunity to petition for foreign relatives within the United States and abroad, as well as access to medical and other benefits available to low-income individuals.

NYLAG is holding a community-based clinic to help qualified immigrants apply for naturalization and needs pro bono attorneys, legal volunteers (BIA representatives and paralegals) or general volunteers to help screen clients for eligibility for naturalization, review the necessary forms and documents, and draft naturalization petitions and fee waivers, if applicable. NYLAG staff will provide on-site supervision and guidance during all clinics.

Friday December 9, 2016 (FULL)
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Council Member Mathieu Eugene
900 Rogers Avenue
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 10 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers needed.

Citizenship and Naturalization Training Resources

  • Click here to view a recording of the webinar training on preparation of naturalization petitions and the logistics of NYLAG’s naturalization clinics
  • Click here to view/ download a printable PDF of the presentation handout


Mobile Legal Help Center Volunteer Opportunities

The Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC) is the country’s first-ever legal services office and courtroom on wheels. On the MLHC, NYLAG staff provide counseling, advice, and direct representation without leaving the vehicle. A video link with the courts enables access to judges for emergency hearings, including domestic violence and eviction cases.

NYLAG staff will be conducting legal clinics aboard the MLHC on the dates listed below. We invite participation from volunteer attorneys, law graduates and law students to help us provide legal services. Volunteers conduct intake interviews with MLHC visitors, and provide information and brief advice on a variety of legal issues. All volunteers are supervised by a NYLAG staff attorney who assists with evaluation of the legal issues raised during intake, and provides any guidance and support volunteers may need. Volunteers will have access to a recording of a webinar training on the MLHC intake process and will be sent training materials and intake guides.

Friday, November 18 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Council Member Levine
500 West 141st Street
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers

Monday, November 21 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Menchaca
4417 4th Avenue
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, November 22 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member King
950 East Gun Hill Road
Olinville, Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers

Monday, November 28 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Assembly Member Simanowitz
15906 71st Avenue
Flushing, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Wednesday, November 30 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
256 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers needed.

Friday, December 2 (FULL)
10:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nassau Family Court
1200 Old Country Road
Westbury, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed.

Tuesday, December 6 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Cumbo
55 Hanson Place
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Wednesday, December 7 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Williams
4517 Avenue D
East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Thursday, December 8 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Friday, December 9 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Serrano
Good Shepard Chapel
550 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers

Monday, December 12 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Greenfield
4424 16th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, December 13 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Council Member Eugene
900 Rogers Avenue
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers needed.

Wednesday, December 14 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Ulrich
9312 91st Avenue
Woodhaven, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, December 20 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
256 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers needed.

Wednesday, December 21 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
140-17 Guy Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Mobile Legal Help Center Training Resources:

  • Click here to view a recording of the webinar training on conducting intakes aboard the MLHC and clinic logistics.
  • Click here to view/ download a printable PDF of the presentation handout.