While volunteering with Southeastern Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), students have the opportunity to work for individual attorneys in the areas of family law, employment law, evictions, and social security/disability.
Interested in volunteering? Please email Rebecca Rubenstein, SLLS’ Volunteer Coordinator for Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these projects or if you need assistance applying. Please use THIS ONLINE FORM to apply. We look forward to having you on our team!
Current Pro-Bono Opportunities at SLLS: (Updated 9/20/19)
*Note: SLLS is in high need of a student volunteer in either the Baton Rouge or Hammond offices. Please contact Rebecca asap if you are available to volunteer!
Volunteer Opportunities for Law Students in the Baton Rouge Area
The Bar Exam- The upcoming Bar Exam is looking for volunteers! “Bar Exam” is a Pub Trivia Quiz we are very excited about! It is a fundraiser to benefit Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to continue the fight for fairness for vulnerable families in Louisiana. We are looking for volunteers prior to the event (October 16th) and on the day of. Day of the event tasks includes: greet visitors, help set up, help tally responses to questions and results. Prior tasks: looking for sponsors as well as donors for our silent auctions. I have attached the flyer as well with the general information on the event.
Open to: 1L, 2L, 3L are welcome to volunteer or participate!
SLLS’ Baton Rouge Office- Our Baton Rouge Office is divided into two units: Family Law and General Litigation Unit.
- Family Law Unit : This unit handles cases involving divorce, custody, and defending victims of domestic violence, including obtaining protective orders. As a volunteer law clerk in this unit you will have the opportunity to develop your interviewing skills by interviewing clients. You will have the opportunity to do legal research and writing, including drafting legal pleadings, memoranda, and petitions. Depending on education and experience level students may have the opportunity to handle divorce cases through completion. To volunteer with this project, you may need to complete a background check.
- General Litigation: This unit covers a wide range of legal issues such as:
Successions, Employment Law, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Food
Stamps, Consumer Law, Bankruptcies, Foreclosure, Title Clearing, Special
Education, landlord/tenant disputes and more.
- ***We are currently looking specifically for a volunteer who has an interest in bankruptcy law.
Open to: 2Ls and 3Ls
Hours: At least 8-12 hours per week.
Self Help Desks- We have SLLS Self Help Desks in Lafourche, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, and Washington Parish. Students would work with SLLS attorneys to help staff theses 4 Self-Help Desks. These self –help desks provide forms and general information to the public. Majority of the forms involve uncontested Family Law matters such as uncontested divorces, child custody, and child support. Here are the schedules for the Self-Help Desks:
- Lafourche: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 10am-2pm.
St. Tammany: 1st & 3rd Monday of each month from 9:00am-12:00pm
- Terrebonne: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00am-2:00pm
- Washington: 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Open to: 1Ls, 2L,and 3Ls
Hours: Varies by site
Remote Work for SLLS’ Covington, Hammond, Harvey, and Houma Offices- We are very excited about this project for this new School year! We will have a group of 2-3 students per office that will act as a team of law clerks that will work on legal research & writing assignments remotely. This work may include work involving Family Law and General Litigation matters.
Open to: 2Ls and 3Ls
Hours: Varies on projects
Live Help- Live Help is a messaging tool embedded in LouisianaLawHelp.org. LouisianaLawHelp.org is a free website with a range of resources such as Q&A, FAQ and other information guides about a wide range of civil legal issues. This is website also has links to other nonprofit organizations who can assist the public. Live Help is designed to help people find the information they are looking for on the site. Law students would act as Navigators. Navigators cannot give any legal advice and their goal is to steer people to information they are looking for on LouisianaLawHelp.org. Students would work remotely.
Open to 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls
Homeless One Stop Center Legal Clinic- This project helps end homelessness for marginalized people living with disabilities by increasing income, help improve access to healthcare by securing Social Security, Medicaid, and connection to medical providers, and increase access to justice. Many of the clients are Veterans or individuals with disabilities who are unable to work. Law Students would be able to practice their interviewing skills, help draft briefs that will be used in hearings, will do legal research and writing, and learn how to manage a caseload. The student will work closely with an SLLS attorney, medical providers, and Social Workers at the One Stop Homeless Services Center, in Baton Rouge, to help these individuals stabilize health and living environment. Students would go to the One Stop Homeless Shelter during majority of their volunteer
Open to: 2Ls, 3Ls
Hours: At least 8-12 hours (some of these hours may be remote research).
Next Steps: Please email Rebecca Rubenstein, SLLS’ Volunteer Coordinator for Students, at email@example.com for more information on these projects or if you need assistance applying. Please use THIS ONLINE FORM to apply. We look forward to having you on our team!
***If you live outside the Baton Rouge area but commute to Baton Rouge to attend law school
please let us know. We do have additional opportunities with our local offices (Covington,
Hammond, Harvey, Houma, New Orleans) besides the ones listed here.