UPDATED: February 6, 2017

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, only those who are confirmed for clinics will be contacted. NYLAG will confirm volunteers within 2-3 business days. All other volunteers will automatically be added to our waitlist. Please wait for confirmation before making plans to go to a site. 

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:

Immigration Relief Screening Clinic

NYLAG will be conducting general immigration screenings for a variety of immigrant populations to determine eligibility for various forms of immigration relief, including family based petitions, deferred action, naturalization, T and U visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Clinic volunteers with immigration experience are needed to help conduct the screenings. Volunteer Spanish interpreters are also needed. NYLAG staff will be on site to provide direct supervision to volunteers.

Saturday, February 11** (NOTE CHANGED DATE)
Co-sponsored by The New York City Council and New York Immigration Coalition
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
J.H.S. 162 The Willoughby
1390 Willoughy Avenue
Bushwick, Brooklyn
Need 15-20 legal volunteers. Spanish speakers preferred. Spanish interpreters also needed.

Immigration Relief Training Resources:

  • NYLAG’s Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Training. This 2-hour webinar training provides information about SIJS, a form of immigration relief available to unmarried individuals under the age of 21 who are in the United States and have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by one or both parents. This training addresses both Family Law and Immigration Law issues necessary to SIJS applications. A portion of the training also addresses special issues involved in representing immigrant youth, including effective communication and how to establish a good rapport and create a trusting environment, as well as working with youth who have experienced trauma and how to identify and overcome communication barriers.
  • NYLAG’s Asylum Law Training.  This 1.5-hour webinar training will provide an overview of asylum law and other humanitarian relief, including how to prepare an effective asylum case; how to work with potential applicants for asylum; and recent developments in asylum law, including a discussion on the recent BIA ruling recognizing domestic violence as a basis for asylum.
  • NYLAG’s Naturalization & Citizenship Training.  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. This training will provide an overview of the Naturalization process and how to help low-income clients complete the application.

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.

Saturday, January 21 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
99-10 217th Lane
Queens Village, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Monday, January 23 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Patchogue-Medford Library
54-60 East Main Street
Patchogue, Long Island
Need 1 Volunteer.

Tuesday, January 24 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
250 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 1 Volunteer. Haitian-Creole speaker needed.

Wednesday, January 25 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Gibson
1377 Jerome Avenue
Concourse, Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed.

Wednesday, February 1 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Hamilton
1669 Bedford Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Monday, February 6 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Midtown Community Court
314 West 54th Street
Midtown, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. American Sign Language interpreter needed.

Tuesday, February 7 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Phillips
Mineola Memorial Library
195 Marcellus Road
Mineola, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers.

Thursday, February 9 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Rosenthal
Exact Location TBD
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers.

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

Tuesday, February 14 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
140-17 Guy Brewer Boulevard
Springfield Gardens, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, February 15 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Friday, February 17 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Education Alliance
25-29 Avenue D
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, February 22 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Felder
4623 16th Avenue
Parkville, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Tuesday, February 28 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
250 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers appreciated.

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.