Fall law student volunteer at non-profit legal aid organization



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States


Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA), a 501(c)(3) legal aid organization is seeking candidates for volunteering for 2Ls and 3Ls, including 711 clerks. Law students will work with CALA Attorneys to provide legal services to low-income, immigrant, and other underserved communities throughout Chicago, IL. Volunteers will be expected to complete 10 hours per week for the duration of the semester. CALA volunteers may be eligible for credit through their law school. The exact start and finish dates will be determined between selected candidates and their supervisor.

The law student volunteer will work under a supervisory attorney and will provide general assistance to a variety of cases including those involving but not limited to domestic violence, employment, housing, family, immigration, criminal records, and education law.


1. Research case law and procedure for effective client representation;

2. Participate with attorneys in client interviews and negotiations with adverse parties;

3. Attend court hearings with supervising attorneys (candidates with a 711 license will be given opportunities to conduct hearings and assist with trials);

4. Communicate with clients;

5. Prepare and use legal documents including motions, discovery materials, and pleadings in connection with court proceedings and under the consultation of the supervisory attorney;

6. Work closely with CALA attorneys and assist with client representation, community outreach, and pro-bono attorney trainings;

7. Work effectively with diverse staff and service population.

Candidates will be allowed to complete many of their hours remotely, including research and writing assignments.

Native or fluent proficiency in a second language (including Spanish) is preferred, but not required.

Please send a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and cover letter to hanan@calachicago.org. 



How To Apply


Please send a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and cover letter to hanan@calachicago.org.