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Legal Services NYC - Manhattan Legal Services

Manhattan Legal Services is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) fights poverty and seeks justice for low-income New Yorkers. For more than 40 years, we have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, access to high-quality education, health care, family stability, and income and economic security. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country, with deep roots in all of the communities we serve. Our neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs help more than 70,000 New Yorkers annually. LSNYC leverages its limited resources with a range of pro bono partnerships across all of our practice areas.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: All NYC, NY (Manhattan)
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Environmental, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Prepare legal education materials, Transactional work, Translate legal documents
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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