Legal Hand Wants You!



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


149-13 Jamaica Avenue
Borough of Queens
United States


The Problem:

Civil legal problems, if unresolved, can seriously harm low-income communities and can result in forcing people out of their homes, separating families, or impose devastating financial burdens. Legal Hand neighborhood storefront centers respond by equipping community members with information to try to resolve their problems and prevent them from turning into legal actions. Legal Hand centers are easily accessible, welcome walk-ins, and no appointments are necessary.

How it Works:

Legal Hand’s trained, non-lawyer volunteers operate out of neighborhood storefront centers in New York’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, providing free legal information, assistance, and referrals to residents. They provide information such as how to navigate the social services system, help people complete online legal forms, and draft form letters. Each Legal Hand center is managed by a volunteer coordinator and a legal services attorney is also on-site to train and assist volunteers.Legal Hand is run by the Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with three legal services providers: The Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC, and New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), and have storefront locations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and in Jamaica, Queens, where they are established in easy-to-find locations, have weekend and evening hours to accommodate community members’ work schedules, and are equipped with computers, internet access, and printers.

What Volunteers Do:

Volunteering at a Legal Hand site is a great way to give back to your community, learn about the law and legal services work, and make a real difference in the lives of people affected by civil legal problems. Legal Hand recruits new volunteers every six months. Volunteers commit to at least one three hour shift per eek for the following six month period. Training, which begins with a two-day workshop on the basics of legal information assistance, focuses on areas where emergencies commonly arise, such as housing, physical safety, immigration, family matters, and benefits. Volunteers also learn about cultural competency, interviewing skills, the limits on the advice non-lawyer volunteers are legally permitted to provide and the availability of referrals to other services, including full legal representation. Legal Hand volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life— from college students to retirees who have lived in the neighborhoods Legal Hand serves for decades, and no experience in legal work or representation is necessary.


Training Provided

We welcome



International Volunteers

How To Apply

If interested please email your resume :

or call 718.593.2198

College credit can be granted.