Volunteer, Intern, Extern Opportunities

LASOC/CLS is proudly home to a vibrant volunteer and intern community! We host several volunteer positions year-round. Volunteer duties range from simple clerical and support work to hands-on legal and organizational work. Please review the following positions carefully, as requirements differ greatly between positions.

The Process:

When your application is submitted, it is sent through our network of attorneys and department heads to see if your skills and availability match their needs.  Please note that we receive several applications each day and are not always able to find a place for everyone.  If you are not selected, we encourage you to try again in 30 days.

Applications are kept active for 30 days. If you are selected, you will either receive a call or email from one of our interested departments.  Please note that our Human Resources staff does not make selections on volunteers but rather serve only as custodians of volunteer records.

Unpaid opportunities are below. (If you are looking for employment opportunities, click here.)

Orange County Volunteer Positions

The Anaheim office is a small satellite office serving Northeast Orange County located at 250 E. Center Street. We seek smart and dedicated volunteers to help us with our demanding workload. Casework includes divorce/family, civil, landlord/tenant and more.

Qualifications:
  • Current college undergraduate/masters/law student, or
  • Community members with office experience
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Elizabeth Aguilar at eaguilar@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Are you passionate about social justice? Are you looking for a meaningful experience that will allow you to make a difference in the lives of those who are voiceless? If so, then join our team at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) as a Marketing & Communications Intern in the Fund Development department.

Qualifications:
  • Current college undergraduate/masters student, OR
  • Community member with office experience
  • Experience in marketing, graphic design, blogging, digital photography and/or grant writing
  • Interest in assisting our local low-income community to gain access to justice
  • Non-profit experience a plus
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Mary Lou Czerner at mczerner@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Hotline intake representatives perform a critical role to support the LASOC/CLS mission. This is where the action begins. This is a call center environment. Hotline volunteers performing intake interviews on applicants seeking to qualify for legal services.

Duties Include:
  • Answering phones
  • Critical thinking
  • Establishing a legal fact pattern
  • Effective note-taking
  • Communicating effectively and efficiently with attorneys, co-workers, and clients
  • Maintaining confidential client records
  • Practicing patient and respectful communication with LASOC's diverse, low-income clientele; performing conflict checks
  • Attending clinics and workshops and other trainings to understand and better serve the client community
  • And more
We offer flexible scheduling for students and professionals interested in transitioning into the legal field. Shifts are typically 3-4 hours, two to three days per week. The Hotline is open Monday-Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) and Friday (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.). Because of the important role of this position, please serious inquiries only. This position requires a minimum of 3 months commitment due to heavy training component.  While this position is entry-level, it offers a fantastic learning opportunity for law and paralegal students looking to gain knowledge about diverse areas of law and serving a low-income community.

Qualifications:
  • Computer & typing skills are A MUST
  • Bilingual (Spanish) greatly desired
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to spend majority of time volunteering on phone with the public
  • Undergrad or professional with interest in the legal field, paralegal student, and/or law student
  • 3+ months commitment
  • ~12+ hours per week
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Ana Subias at asubias@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Learn about family law, civil matters, housing law, tax law, government benefits, and more under the supervision of LASOC's Litigation Department. Clerks get an opportunity to get hands-on experience that they can apply in their careers.

Qualifications:
  • Current law student, or
  • Graduated law student awaiting Bar results
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Renato Izquieta at rizquieta@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
We are looking for volunteer attorneys who would like to help with Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) health cases and gain valuable legal experience. CCI is a cutting-edge demonstration program rolling out in Orange County that will integrate Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits into one health plan called Cal MediConnect (branded as OneCare Connect in Orange County).

Qualifications:
  • CA licensed attorney
  • Health law background a plus
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Sara Lee at slee@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Please note that all Health Consumer Action Center volunteers are required to submit to a Live Scan background check and complete security training requirements of the Department of Managed Health Care.  The costs of these requirements will be covered by LASOC/CLS.
The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County is looking for a motivated volunteer to work in the tax unit. Ideal candidates would be retired tax attorneys or CPAs. However, a legal, tax or CPA background is not required so long as the individual has in interest in IRS tax issues and a commitment to assist the low income community. Under the supervision of the tax supervising attorney, the duties will include client intake, call backs, and general case work to help resolve the taxpayer problem before the IRS or Tax Court.

Qualifications:
  • Retired tax attorney or CPA (preferred), OR
  • Legal, tax, or CPA background with strong desire to assist the low-income community
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Renato Izquieta at rizqiueta@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
The OC Seniors Legal Advocacy Program accepts aw student volunteers and retired attorneys to assist with the legal needs of Orange County's senior citizen community. Duties include callbacks, legal research, advocacy, legal writing, and more. Learn elder law and help advocate for one of Orange County's more vulnerable populations, helping senior citizens to maintain dignity, stability, and economic independence.

Qualifications:
  • Current law student or graduate awaiting Bar results, OR
  • Retired attorney
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Laura Luu at lluu@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Vietnamese-speaking interpreter needed for assisting the needs of our intake and clinic services. Job may require local travel. Should be proficient in written and spoken Vietnamese and English.

Qualifications:
  • Proficient written and spoken Vietnamese and English
  • Legal background a plus
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Laura Luu at lluu@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above

Southeast Los Angeles County Volunteer Positions

Do you have a passion for justice? Are you established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career? Become a volunteer for justice in Southeast Los Angeles County, in our Compton office! Areas of law include family, domestic violence, housing issues, government benefits, and more!

Qualifications:
  • Established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career
  • Passion for justice
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Anthony Filer at afiler@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
We are seeking community members and law students who are interested in an unpaid volunteer opportunity or internship with LASOC's Compton Self-Help Center and Restraining Order Clinic. Learn about family law, restraining orders, unlawful detainers and civil matters.

Qualifications:
  • Community members, law student, or paralegal student
  • Passion for justice
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Christine Martin at cmartin@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above
Do you have a passion for justice? Are you established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career? Become a volunteer for justice in Southeast Los Angeles County, in our Norwalk office! Areas of law include family, domestic violence, housing issues, government benefits, and more!

Qualifications:
  • Established in, in the pursuit of, or interested in a legal career
  • Passion for justice
To Apply:
  1. Send resume/cover letter to Anthony Filer at afiler@legal-aid.com
  2. Fill out the general volunteer application above

Please be advised that all applicants for the Health unit and some long-term assignments must be willing to undergo a Live Scan background check to be considered for a position.  The background check process can be lengthy and, if offered a position, duties may be modified until background results have cleared.