Pre-Approved Pro Bono Projects

The Pro Bono Department works diligently to offer pro bono opportunities each semester, and during school breaks. To view a list of the projects with additional details, log in at PB Track.

Students wishing to request projects must submit preferences via PB Track.

Spring 2022 Abridged List

  • ACLU of Southern California—First Amendment and Democracy Project: Students will support access to and meaningful participation in democracy, transparency in local governance, and free expression. Work will include legal & policy research, fact gathering, and Public Record Act monitoring.
  • ACLU of Southern California—FOIA Litigation--Private Detention Facility: Students will research and draft a memo regarding the legal standard of the government entities to provide information, and gather facts regarding inhumane detention conditions and treatment of individuals for the FOIA litigation.
  • ACLU of Southern California—Incarcerated Individual Letter Writing for Conditions Monitoring: Students will write letters to incarcerated individuals to discover conditions in local jails, collect narratives that may support ACLU litigation, and advocate on behalf of people in custody.
  • ACLU of Southern California—LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Research: Research on s cases involving intimate partner violence; employment rights of pregnant and lactating workers; sex work decriminalization; or other topics related to gender, reproductive justice, and LGBTQ rights.
  • Afghan Asylum Declarations & Country Conditions: Students will assist PARS Equality Center by interviewing Afghan clients to prepare declarations, and researching country conditions for asylum applications on behalf of those fearing persecution in their home country.
  • American Constitution Society – Federal Register Watchdog Project: Volunteers will take responsibility for a policy area and regularly review federal/state regulations in that area for comment opportunities. Volunteers are also welcome to draft comments on issues they are interested in.
  • Animal Rights Legal Advocacy: Students will support Animal Outlook’s work on behalf of farmed animals by researching a) mechanisms for bringing private prosecutions, b) state-specific drone laws for a designated state, or c) legislative history research for federal food safety and slaughter laws.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Orange County: Students will help clients of AAAJ- Orange County by advising, counseling, and preparing citizenship applications for clients, and other immigration cases which could include: adjustment of status, family-based petitions, DACA, and other related work.
  • Bankruptcy Applications: Students will work with local bankruptcy attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson LLP to assist low-income debtors complete and file their Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions. Students will work with the debtors to collect extensive financial information and complete the Chapter 7 paperwork.
  • Bankruptcy Courthouse Volunteer: Students will volunteer virtually at the Bankruptcy clinic for clients at the Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. Volunteers will meet with pro se litigants and provide advice on filing bankruptcy forms.
  • Bet Tzedek Law Clerk: Students may work in areas such as Holocaust survivors, small business development, low-income tax advocacy, housing, real estate fraud, employment rights, conservatorship, elder abuse restraining orders, public benefits, guardianships, immigration, trans/LGBT rights, and more.
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Intakes: Students are needed to assist with intakes, which involve interviewing clients over the phone regarding their legal issues. Volunteers will improve their client interview skills while also learning to issue-spot important and often varied legal needs.
  • Board of Immigration Appeals Caselaw Updates: Students will assist the Immigrant Defenders Law Center with caselaw research from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) with regards to the burden on defendants and eligibility standards in order to create a guide for immigration attorneys to use in practice.
  • California Free Legal Answers Helpline: Students will work under the supervision of two UCI Law alums, one of Ricketts Case LLP, to research and draft legal memos in response to questions from California residents. Questions typically involve employment, housing, family law, or intellectual property.
  • Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance Office (LAO): Under the supervision of legal assistance attorneys, students will provide legal assistance to military officers, enlisted service members, and their families in the areas of family law, consumer law, estate planning, and various other issues.
  • Central California Legal Services—Housing Habitability & Accommodations Claims: Students will help tenants prosecute claims under against landlords and request reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. Work may include interviewing clients, preparing demand letters, and advising clients.
  • Children of Incarcerated Caregivers: State-by-state research into legislation on alternatives to incarceration for parents of young children, interviews with current stakeholders, and the creation of a report summarizing alternatives to incarceration and the perspectives of different stakeholders.
  • Children’s Law Center of California—Law Clerk: CLC is the largest law firm for foster youth in the nation. Volunteers will assist with status checks; hearing preparation; investigating whether court orders have been followed; and possible trial preparation to include witness interviews.
  • Christian Legal Aid—Clinics & Calls: Students may support volunteer attorneys; conduct interviews or remote intake and follow-up calls with potential clients; or attend clinics with clients to assist them in the areas of evictions, expungements, immigration, family law and other poverty law issues.
  • City Council, Brown Act & Public Comments—Housing, & Civil Rights: Student volunteers will work with an attorney from the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center to research and prepare public comments for local city council meetings, and investigate Brown Act violations.
  • Civil Litigation Law & Motion Practice: Students will assist consumer law clients of Community Legal Aid SoCal by drafting motions, preparing discovery, and assisting with filing instructions and preparation for their hearing.
  • Civil Rights Litigation—Disability Rights Legal Center: DRLC Civil Rights Project volunteers will work on impact litigation guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities, including fact gathering, developing legal theories, drafting pleadings, discovery, motion practice, trial prep and appeals.
  • Coastal Policy Research: Students will be supervised by an alumnus who is doing independent pro bono work for Surfrider, researching policy issues that may include California Coastal Commission policies, beach erosion and emergency permitting.
  • Coastkeeper/Waterkeeper Remote Volunteer - Water Quality Advocacy and Litigation: These organizations protect the region's water resources. Projects may include support for investigation of industrial polluters, comment letters, oral testimony to regulatory agencies, and Clean Water Act litigation support.
  • Common Cause—Fair Redistricting for Fair Elections: Volunteers will work with Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization defending democracy by fighting for a fair process in which every vote counts. Volunteers will assist in efforts to fight against gerrymandering and for fair redistricting.
  • Consumer Law and Elder Justice at PLC: Public Law Center assists low-income residents with debt collection disputes, student loans and for-profit schools, bankruptcy and other civil litigation issues. Students will assist with intakes, drafting pleadings, discovery and motions.
  • Consumer Rights Research for Public Counsel: The Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project aids clients that have been taken advantage of, including victims of fraud. Students will help research issues including financial elder abuse law and debt related to the criminal justice system (e.g., bail).
  • Crime Victims Legal Assistance—Civil & Family Law: Students will work under the supervision of CLA SoCal, assisting with restraining orders, divorce, paternity, custody and visitation cases for survivors of abuse or violent crime; and assistance with civil cases for survivors of abuse or violent crime.
  • Criminal Appellate Defense Research for the Office of the Ohio Public Defender: Student volunteers will assist with research and drafting memoranda regarding legal questions related to active cases and/or recurring issues.
  • Criminal Defense Research for Louisiana PD: Students will assist Public Defender for The 22nd Judicial District in Covington, LA with research across all levels of criminal cases, from pre-trial to appeal. Work may include criminal procedure/evidence research and drafting motions.
  • Criminal Law Projects in OC:
    • District Attorney’s Office: Students may get significant exposure to issues of evidence and criminal procedure while observing in court, researching, writing, and assisting with preparation for in-court appearances by a Deputy District Attorney.
    • Federal Public Defender’s Office Research: Student volunteers will assist trial and/or habeas attorneys with the Federal Public Defender's Office-Santa Ana branch. Work will include researching and drafting memorandums regarding legal questions related to active cases and/or recurring issues.
    • Public Defender’s Office: Volunteers will help interview clients, assist with arraignments, help in the preparation of misdemeanor trials and expungement petitions, as well as assist trial attorneys and the Alternate Public Defenders Office.
  • Defending Parents’ Rights in Dependency Proceedings—Writs & Appeals: Volunteers may review reports and case plans with clients, communicate with social workers, draft motions, and perform legal research. Supervision by an attorney from the Writs & Appeals unit.
  • Disabled and Elderly Social Security Benefits (SSI) Clinic: Volunteers will help clients navigate the SSI appeals process, working to secure social security benefits for elderly and disabled clients and fight against benefits termination and/or overpayments.
  • Domestic Violence Declarations: Students will volunteer at Lamoreaux Justice Center, assisting self-represented clients to prepare declarations for their Temporary Restraining Orders. Students will conduct an interview and immediately prepare a declaration.
  • Drug Policy Alliance—Drug Decriminalization Research: DPA is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs. Volunteers assist with legal and policy research to support their efforts, including successful implementation of drug decriminalization and expansion of health services.
  • Education Advocacy for Youth (IEP’s): Disability Rights California supervises students supporting youth with disabilities and their families. Work includes legal research and writing, intakes, record reviews, demand letters, attending Individual Education Program meetings, and drafting complaints.
  • Education Rights—Remote Volunteers: The Learning Rights Law Center (LRLC) mission is to ensure equitable access to public education. Volunteers may be asked to do legal research and writing or assist with our TIGER Program (Teaching Individuals for Grassroots Education Reform).
  • EEOC Class Action Research: Under the supervision of EEOC Senior Trial Attorney, students will research specific procedural issues in class actions brought on behalf of the public interest.
  • Election Disinformation Litigation Monitoring: The California Voter Foundation is monitoring litigation regarding election disinformation on social media. Students will track litigation, review public information, provide Constitutional analysis, and help draft best practices for election officials.
  • Employment Rights Virtual Clinic—Los Angeles: Volunteers will conduct intakes for Bet Tzedek, which provides a range of legal services to workers employed in Los Angeles’ low-wage, underground economies, including garment, restaurant and agricultural workers, day laborers, janitors, and more.
  • End Plantation Prisons: Students will review prisoner records, identifying problematic disciplinary action which resulted in additional forced labor—often for minor infractions such as not picking enough cotton or “malingering.” Work supervised by the Promise of Justice Initiative.
  • Environmental Law Institute (ELI) – Empowering Native American Tribal governmental sovereignty to impact state- and local level environmental decision-making: Students will research the laws, regulations, policies, case law, and guidance governing Tribal consultation, and will provide a concise report, focusing on Tribal sovereignty and the health and wellness of Tribal communities.
  • Environmental Law Research—Ensuring a Just and Clean Energy Transition to Combat the Climate Emergency: Students will research federal energy laws and policy developments in support of advocacy concerning modernizing the grid to support distributed solar and the just clean energy transition.
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project #1 —Immigrant Intakes: Students will assist the Community Education for Unrepresented Immigrants unit of Esperanza with remote intakes.
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project #2 —Work Permit Clinic Feb. 18: During this virtual clinic, students will assist unrepresented immigrants with the Application for Employment Authorization form.
  • Eviction/Unlawful Detainer Answer Clinic #1—Community Legal Aid SoCal: Students will assist low-income tenants facing eviction by helping to prepare answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints. Students will interview clients, draft pleadings and provide advice under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Eviction/Unlawful Detainer Answer Clinic #2—Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles: Volunteers assist low-income tenants facing eviction by helping to prepare answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints, pleadings, and may have the opportunity to observe hearings, motions, and trial.
  • Expungement Project—Orange County Clean Slate Clinic: Expungements allow individuals to dismiss or reduce certain criminal convictions, allowing them to move on with their lives. Volunteers will fill out petitions and fee waivers, interview clients, draft declarations, and assist in sealing arrest records.
  • Family Law at Public Law Center: A volunteer will work with attorneys at PLC on a variety of issues, including researching and writing pleadings for family law proceedings, domestic violence restraining orders, guardianships, custody and visitation and other family law matters.
  • Farmworker Legal Protections Inventory: Students will research existing laws and provisions protecting farmworkers in order to update the national inventory of farmworker legal protections. All work is supervised by an alum that provides legal services to the United Farm Workers.
  • Florida Rights Restoration Coalition—Returning Citizens Legal Fees Review: A UCI Law Alum of Irell & Manella will supervise students reviewing records and sentencing documents of returning citizens in Florida to vet which cases are eligible for modification requests or payment of fees with donations.
  • Guardianships: Students will worker under the supervision of Rutan & Tucker LLP attorneys to assist caretakers seeking probate guardianships of minors in their care. Students will interview the caretakers, prepare the guardianship forms, and may attend the hearing with the supervising attorney.
  • Gun Safety—Gifford’s Law Center State Survey on Citizen’s Arrests: Students will assist Gifford’s with compiling a 50-state survey defining the circumstances when a civilian can place another individual under arrest in each jurisdiction. Students will cite the statutory language and any relevant case law.
  • Harm Reduction/Drug Policy Research: Harm Reduction Legal Project works to address the barriers to the establishment and expansion of harm reduction measures such as naloxone distribution. An alum will supervise research of laws that affect harm reduction organizations and people who use drugs.
  • Health Care Access and Advocacy: Students will interview clients and strategize about the best outcomes on a case-by-case basis for a specialized unit of Community Legal Aid SoCal focused on access to health care and solving serious issues clients may have with their medical insurance.
  • Health Law Project with PLC: Public Law Center's Health Law unit assists low-income individuals living with AIDS or HIV through a medical-legal partnership with healthcare providers throughout Orange County. Students will have the opportunity to draft briefs for hearings and appeals.
  • HEART L.A. Pet Protection Project: Volunteers will provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to help families and their pets stay together by keeping animals out of shelters and protecting renters from eviction. Work includes intakes and legal research.
  • Homeboy Industries Legal advocacy for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Homeboy Industries is the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Students will assist in various levels of advocacy, from intake and client interview to court accompaniment and motion drafting.
  • Homelessness Prevention Project: Direct services to tenants who are being evicted by landlords and/or by the by the Housing Authority. Under the supervision of the CLA SoCal housing attorney, students will assist clients with completing answers, providing information on procedure and trial preparation.
  • Hotel/Food Service Worker Project—Union Labor Work: Students may assist union members in grievance proceedings; research claims in support of organizing campaigns; protect members' free speech at Union actions; and assist laid-off workers in obtaining unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Housing Element Investigation and Litigation Preparation: In an effort to ensure cities fulfill affordable and fair housing obligations, students will review housing plans and investigate compliance through Public Records Act requests, and researching remedies for low-income residents.
  • Housing Law at Public Law Center: Students will interview clients, conduct fact investigation and legal research, assist with clinics, and draft pleadings for landlord-tenant cases and fair housing complaints before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and HUD.
  • Housing Litigation Research & Discovery—San Clemente Eminent Domain: Volunteers will assist the Emergency Shelter Coalition (ESC) with an Eminent Domain case brought regarding land intended as affordable housing. Students will research potential defenses and options for discovery.
  • Human Trafficking Research—Thai Community Development Center: A law student volunteer will assist with researching and conducting legal referrals and also assist with the anti-trafficking program on T visa and T Visa adjustment packages.
  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center--Supporting Juvenile Immigration Removal Defense & Related Research: Volunteers assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in removal proceedings with legal screenings. Supervision will be provided by an alum, who is now a supervisor at ImmDef.
  • Immigration—Current Events Research for Catholic Charities: Students will conduct research on the latest immigration news/developments, and immigration-related current events such as VAWA, U-Visa, T-visa, asylum/refugee services, Child Protection Act and Convention Against Torture.
  • Immigration Screening Clinic--Monthly: Students will assist with a monthly immigration screening clinic, meeting with clients seeking assistance with their immigration status, gathering information so that Public Law Center can determine if the clients are eligible for any form of immigration relief.
  • Inland Empire Virtual Clinics—Small Claims Court Prep & Emergency Rental Assistance: Students will assist Inland Counties Legal Services with remote clinics, helping with applications for emergency rental assistance and small claims hearings for COVID back rent. Students will receive training on document gathering, evidence, case presentation, notice, and jurisdiction.
  • Innocence Project Collaboration: Students will assist the California Innocence Project in reviewing requests for representation and writing recommendation memos under the supervision of attorneys from K&L Gates LLP.
  • Innocence Rights of OC--Kill the Kill Zone: Law Offices of Annee Della Donna and student volunteers successfully helped two clients that were unjustly convicted under the kill zone theory to be released from prison. Students will help find new cases and work to appeal or reverse excessive convictions.
  • Innovation Law Lab Getting People out of Immigration Detention: Students will communicate with clients and/or their family/sponsors in the U.S. to explain the release process and obtain necessary documentation and prepare the parole/bond request packet to seek clients’ release from detention.
  • International Criminal Justice Research for DefenseWiki: International Bridges to Justice aims to ensure the due process rights through increased access to information. Students will develop DefenseWiki pages to bring codes, treaties, case law and other resources to lawyers across the globe.
  • International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network: Students will choose topic areas and conduct research that helps member attorneys around the globe to support workers and their organizations by challenging repressive laws, regulations, and practices by governments or global corporations.
  • IRAP—Afghan Clinic Client Prep: As increasing numbers of Afghans have entered the United States and need help determining their immigration pathways. Students will assist the International Refugee Assistance Project with pre-clinic client calls to assist in collecting requisite documents and materials.
  • IRAP—Violence Against Women Act: Volunteers will assist a Mexican national woman by preparing and submitting a FOIA request and VAWA application, which includes completing forms, gathering evidence, police reports, and statements from family members and friends.
  • Jail Intake Interviews—Disability & Medical Access: Students will conduct intake interviews with incarcerated individuals to evaluate legal issues including access to medical care and other disability related claims. Supervised by alums at the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center.
  • Jim Crow Juries—Mitigation Letters: Despite being found unconstitutional, more than 1,500 people are in prison on non-unanimous jury convictions. Students will review records, conduct virtual interviews, and draft mitigation letters to be sent to the District Attorney.
  • Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives #1—Intersection of Race, Sexuality & Gender Identity: Students will work on a novel case being brought by families of victims of black, gay men that were murdered. Students may research the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender identity in a high-profile murder.
  • Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives #2—Black Alliance for Just Immigration: Students will assist BAJI with virtual workshops to provide critical fear determination prep and updates on US immigration laws for Black migrants trapped on the Mexican side of the border.
  • Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice and Foster Care “Dual Status” Research & Motion Writing: When foster youth are arrested it results in “dual status” of both dependency (foster care) and delinquency. Research and help draft motions for extended foster care eligibility and release from juvenile detention.
  • Know Your Rights YouTube Series: Central California Legal Services needs students to complete short term research projects for a Know Your Rights web series on substantive law topics like immigration relief, public benefits access, tenant’s rights, guardianship, domestic violence restraining orders, etc.
  • Last Prisoner Project—Cannabis Restorative Justice: LPP seeks to bring restorative justice to those serving prison sentences for cannabis related crimes, which are no longer illegal. Volunteers will work on legislation and ballot initiatives, a clemency initiative, and expungment and/or clemency petitions.
  • Law For Black Lives—Reparations Project: L4BL, a Black femme-led national network of 6,000 radical lawyers and legal workers, is looking for students to work on a reparations project. Students will be trained in the theory and practice of movement lawyering.
  • Legal Access Corps—LiveChat Legal Referrals: The Legal Aid Association of California hosts a public website with information about legal services. Law students will help “chat” online with those in need of legal services providing appropriate referrals using plain language and trauma informed methods.
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children #1--Answering Letters from Incarcerated People: Students will provide legal information to correspondents in the following areas: criminal law and sentencing (including resentencing); prison conditions; or family-related matters.
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children #2 -- Visitation Rights (Legislation & Casework): Work on issues related to visiting rights for family members of incarcerated people, including legislative advocacy, individual advocacy for family members denied visiting access, and possible litigation.
  • Legislative Advocacy on Behalf of Low-Income Californians: Students will work with Public Law Center on bills the organization supports or opposes. A student will research laws in other states, prepare fact sheets, write support and opposition letters, and attend virtual meetings with legislative staff.
  • Limited Conservatorships Project: Students will work with Community Legal Aid SoCal to assist clients to file for an obtain conservatorships of adults with developmental disabilities who cannot fully care for themselves.
  • Litigation Assistance: Attorneys from Irell & Manella LLP are working on several pro bono litigation matters. One student will work on any of the following: Legal research and memo writing, discovery, drafting pleadings, or even observing a hearing.
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base (Space Systems Command): Volunteers will assist JAG’s with a variety of military professional and legal issues, which may include administrative law, and/or legal assistance work, including trusts and estates and family law.
  • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice – Immigration Services: Volunteers will support the immigration team with legal research, drafting applications and declarations, collecting evidence, preparing requests to law enforcement agencies, and drafting motions.
  • Mexican Indigenous Community and Home Health Care Outreach: Students will assist the EEOC with outreach, intakes, and Know Your Rights presentations in partnership with community groups that serve Mexican Indigenous communities, including the Mixteco, Triquis, and Zapoteco.
  • Mississippi Center for Justice #1—Research on Expungements, Language Access, or Federal Benefit Hoarding: Research and draft memoranda on the expansion of expungement eligible crimes under Mississippi law; emerging population of non-English speaking Mississippians and language access in local courts; and/or whether the state is hoarding federal benefits meant for low income families.
  • Mississippi Center for Justice #2—Immigration Assistance—Asylum: Students will assist the Immigration Campaign of the Mississippi Center for Justice in providing legal support to Mississippians seeking asylum due to persecution in their home country, either before the asylum office or on appeal.
  • Mobile Home Owner Advocacy: Mobile home ownership is one of the few ways for low-income individuals to acquire assets. Student volunteers will work with the Public Law Center to assist low-income mobile home owners with issues regarding park management/ownership and or other tenants.
  • Pandemic Mitigation Project—Non-Proliferation Agreement: The Project advocates for a Pandemic Non-Proliferation Agreement requiring countries to provide notice and access in the event of a pandemic outbreak. Students will assist in researching laws and treaties that support adoption of the Agreement.
  • Peace and Justice Law Center: PJLC was formed to address the concern that war-on-gangs and routine police misconduct is making communities less safe and less just. Students will assist with intakes, community outreach, collecting and organizing data, investigating complaints, and potential litigation.
  • Physicians for Justice— Intersection of Illness and Injustice: Volunteers interested in the intersection of illness and injustice will study the types of chronic mental and physical health issues encountered by public interest clients and brainstorming ways to address them through the legal profession.
  • Protections for Student Victims of Domestic/Family/Dating Violence: Students will conduct research on protections, accommodations, and/or supportive services available to student survivors of domestic abuse and other off-campus gender based violence under California and federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • Public Benefits and Consumer Defense Litigation Support: Volunteers will assist clients of Community Legal Aid SoCal who were denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential benefits; and also help clients facing consumer defense litigation or fraudulent and unscrupulous lending practices.
  • Public Benefits—Life Saving Help: Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles assists those having difficulty accessing or maintaining public benefits that they rely on to eat, maintain their housing, pay for medicine, and generally survive. Students will help with research, and drafting appeal letters and briefs.
  • Reentry Work with PLC (Human Trafficking/Prop. 47/ Dismissals): Students will work with PLC to assist residents with post-conviction relief cases. Students may work on vacatur cases of human trafficking survivors, and dismissal cases or reductions under Prop. 47.
  • Rental Assistance Clinic: Legal Services of Northern California hosts a virtual clinic to assist individuals with rental assistance qualifications, application assistance, and help clients with follow-up in order to keep qualifying renters housed by allowing them to pay off their COVID-19 rental debt.
  • Root & Rebound—Incarcerated Callers Hotline: Students will staff Root & Rebound’s hotline for currently incarcerated people to help prepare clients for reentry to the community by providing basic legal information and legal updates.
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program: Students will (1) research and draft one sample Motion for use by attorneys on a frequently litigated issue such as renewal of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order and (2) Research the issue of fee waiver expiration and assist in advocacy to relevant stake holders.
  • Saturday Academy of Law (SAL): Law students work alongside certified teachers in this pipeline program for ninth graders. Volunteers teach lessons on the First Amendment, briefing a case, the U.S. court system, and recent constitutional challenges that have made impacts on society.
  • Sentencing Mitigation for Criminalized Survivors of Gender Based Violence: Students will work with a survivor affirming cooperative on post-conviction defense by helping re-negotiate sentences to time served and advocate for release of criminalized survivors.
  • Transactional Law Project: Students will work in the Public Law Center’s Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project to provide legal assistance to youth nonprofits and small businesses. Cases tend to be transactional in nature, and include business formation, licenses and permits, and contract drafting.
  • Transgender Law Center Legal Information Helpdesk: Volunteers will respond to questions received by TLC’s Information Helpline in areas including employment, health care, housing, civil rights, immigration, and identity document changes. Volunteers will research and provide written responses.
  • Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic: This student-created project serves the legal needs of transgender and gender non-binary people in Southern California. Volunteers help self-represented litigants prepare a petition to change their legal name and/or gender marker.
  • Union Grievance Assistance Project: Students will assist with grievance investigation, processing, resolution, and handling on behalf of non-Law School employees at UCI.
  • Veterans Legal Institute #1—Client Interviews: Students will assist service members who received a less than honorable discharge due to sexual assaulted, discrimination, traumatic brain injury, or have an injury or illness that caused them to be wrongfully characterized upon separating from the military.
  • Veterans Legal Institute #2—Upgrade Discharge Briefs: Volunteers will work with veterans in preparing their discharge upgrade applications, including drafting client affidavits, developing evidence, requesting and reviewing military and medical records, and writing an advocacy brief.
  • Veterans Legal Institute #3—Comprehensive Housing Law Assistance: This project aims to prevent evictions and secure fair housing for military veterans and their families. Students will research, draft memos, interview clients, draft demand letters, and prepare motions and documents for court.
  • Veterans Policy Research & Proposal(s): Students will work with Public Law Center attorneys to review the various protections and benefits available to veterans throughout the U.S., and compare those to what is available in California in order to identify potential future legislative and/or regulatory changes.
  • Veterans Work: A student will work with the Public Law Center to provide civil legal services to low-income veterans and their families. Students will investigate veterans’ benefits and discharge upgrade cases, as well as disability rights and discrimination claims.
  • Victims of Crime Special Visas (U-Visa): Students will work in pairs, supervised by attorneys from Snell & Wilmer LLP to prepare Visa requests for victims of crime, who have cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation related to their victimization, often domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • Women and Girls’ Rights Research Project: Public Counsel’s Women and Girls’ Rights Project focuses on workplace justice and gender equity in education. A law student will support attorneys in research, litigation, materials development, and other important aspects of the Project’s work.
  • Workers’ Rights Clinic Orange County: Student volunteers will participate in employment clinics for low-income workers in a wide range of areas, including discrimination/harassment, wage and hour, unemployment benefits, and wrongful termination. Legal Aid at Work will provide training and supervision.