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.

The average time it takes to complete this application is 10-15 minutes.

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 Fatima Dadabhoy at fdadabhoy@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
LASOC's Legal Corps J.D. law student will assist our staff attorneys and paralegals in providing high-quality, wraparound legal services to Orange County veterans, their families and/or caretakers, including veterans in the Orange County Veteran's Treatment Court and those in our homeless and domestic violence outreach programs.

Hands-on Opportunities:

Applicants must be enrolled in law school. Job duties for this position will include:

  1. Client interviews;
  2. Legal research;
  3. Preparation of legal pleadings;
  4. Assistance with Court hearings/trials; and
  5. Community engagement
Job duties:
  • Multitask in a fast paced environment;
  • Effectively write and communicate verbally;
  • Pay attention to detail; and
  • interact with clients in a trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive manner
Program Benefits:

The Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,222 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,644 in compensation. The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.

Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

To Apply:
  • Send resume/cover letter to Renato Izquieta at rizquieta@legal-aid.com
  • Fill out the general volunteer application above.
Fund Development Intern

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County & Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles (LASOC-CLS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals in Orange County. LASOC has a staff of 80 employees and operates on a $8 million-dollar budget. There are two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County.

LASOC-CLS seeks an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate intern to assist and contribute to the fund development process. As a Fund Development Intern, you will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a non-profit organization functions by interacting with entire teams as well as the communication and cross functionally with other departments. This opportunity is especially beneficial, but not limited, to those pursuing a career in non-profit management, event planning, communications, marketing and/or the non-profit sector.

Assignments may include:
  • Assist with event coordination of the annual LASOC-CLS Gala, and other fundraising events.
  • Provide general support to the Fund Development team by writing and editing LASOC marketing materials, producing effective communications on the Legal Aid website, and developing outreach materials
  • Assist in maintaining Legal Aid’s various social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Etc.
  • Conduct research on prospective donors and data entry
  • Sponsorship coordination, Guest list management, Volunteer and Committee organization
  • Assist in grant compliance procedures.
Qualifications:
  • Currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate Degree
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Serviced minded skills to provide exceptional support
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week for an academic quarter, semester, or at least 3 months (start and end dates are flexible) at the LASOC Santa Ana office.
  • Hours must be between normal business hours: M-F, 9a - 5p
  • Access to transportation
To apply: Complete the application above and submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to ymartinez@legal-aid.com with the email subject line: Fund Development Internship Application.

This is an unpaid internship and can be applied towards school credit. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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.