Start Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


17 N. State Street
United States


Would you like to help low-income families with their landlord/tenant, domestic relations, and consumer debt issues? CARPLS Legal Aid is looking for volunteer attorneys to counsel clients on Cook County's legal hotline in Chicago, Illinois.

ABOUT CARPLS: CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every-day legal problems confronting low-income families in Cook County. CARPLS' legal aid hotline and court-based advice desks give low-income clients direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. Clients with more complex needs are referred by CARPLS to a network of specialized legal and social service providers. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.

PROGRAMS: CARPLS seeks a volunteer commitment of 36 hours. We have flexible scheduling.

Evening shifts: we have evening shifts from 6:00pm - 8:00pm Monday and Wednesday evenings. The 36-hour commitment is met over one year (approximately two shifts per month).

Daily Shifts: Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 1:00pm or 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The 36-hour commitment is met by volunteering for one shift a week over a ten week period.


Our hotline training is a combination of online coursework and hands-on demonstrations.

Part 1: Online substantive law training in the areas of landlord/tenant; consumer debt; and family law. 1 hour CLE credit for each topic is available. This training must be completed by you before your first client consultation.

Part 2: Volunteer orientation and introduction to our case management software; hotline counseling techniques; and policies and procedures. NEXT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018:

10:00 – 12:00

2:00 -- 4:00 or

5:30 -- 7:30

Part 3: We provide personalized training and practice during the week of July 23. These are two-hour practice sessions which will be scheduled at your convenience.

You must complete all parts of the training in this time frame in order to volunteer in the July class. We have new volunteer classes regularly; the next volunteer orientation is September 12.


  • A CARPLS supervising attorney is always available to assist volunteers.
  • In-person training and volunteer shifts take place at the CARPLS main office, 17 N. State Street, Suite 1850, Chicago, IL.
  • Volunteers must be licensed attorneys. Retired, inactive, and lawyers licensed in other states are welcome.
  • All work performed for CARPLS is covered by CARPLS' malpractice insurance.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: As an attorney you have a valuable skill which can benefit a great many needy families. In addition to providing a service to your community, volunteering with CARPLS also gives you a chance to develop and deepen your legal skills, network with your peers, and round out your resume. Volunteer attorneys are invited to attend all CARPLS social and fundraising events, where you can network with other attorneys from around Chicago.


Send your resume to volunteers@carpls.org, or call Leslie Wallin at 312/421-4427.


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