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.

Fall 2021 Abridged List

  • ACLU of Southern California—Economic Justice with focus on the Decriminalization of Poverty: The project will focus on supporting litigation and policy advocacy relating to the criminalization and push-out of unhoused community members in multiple Southern California regions, including developing a legal research memo on loitering ordinances.
  • ACLU of Southern California—Incarcerated Individual Letter Writing for Conditions MonitoringStudents 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 and their loved ones. 
  • Afghanistan Support ProjectsThe fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban in August 2021 has triggered a humanitarian crisis.  It is estimated that 550,000 Afghans have been displaced, and many are reaching out to organizations in the U.S. for help.  UCI Law students will assist with two organizations:
    • Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests: Law student volunteers will assist the Afghan Diaspora for Equality & Progress (ADEP) to prepare humanitarian parole requests. 
    • Screening Project: Students will assist PARS Equality Center to screen thousands of requests for assistance from those most afraid, including women’s rights activists, journalists, and individuals that have worked alongside the US during the war.  The project will evolve to Humanitarian Parole assistance. 
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights—Foster Care Benefits:  A student volunteer will assist with the foster care benefits team, helping to organize and close fair hearing cases, and also help with inquiries, which involves review a case file, obtaining records, and writing a response. 
  • 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.
  • Anticarceral Legal Organizing with Innovation Law Lab—Remote Immigration Advocacy: The goal of AcLO is to help detained immigrants get released through limited legal representation. Students will communicate with clients and their family members/sponsors to explain the release request process and obtain necessary documentation to prepare release requests for those detained at detention centers.
  • 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, Homelessness, Real Estate Fraud, Employment Rights, Family Caregivers, Conservatorship, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders, Public Benefits, Guardianship, Immigrant Family Preparedness, Advance Planning, Trans/LGBT team 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.
  • California Free Legal Answers Helpline: Students will work under the supervision of two UCI Law alums to research and draft legal memos in response to questions from California residents. The questions are varied and have previously involved employment, housing, family law, and Intellectual Property.
  • California Women’s Law Center Research Project: A student volunteer will assist CWLC in putting together a compendium of domestic violence policies, assist in ongoing evaluation of compliance with state laws regarding lactation accommodations, and other research relating to gender discrimination, pay equity, and sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Central California Legal Services—Eviction Help & Tenant Advocacy:  CCLS assists clients in six rural counties, many in legal desserts without anyone to help. Volunteers will work with clients on pretext/retaliation cases, doing discovery summaries and assisting with research and fact investigation. 
  • Children’s Law Center of California—Policy Research:  CLC is the largest law firm for foster youth in the nation. Volunteers are needed to assist with policy and advocacy work relating to issues affecting children and young adults in the foster care system.
  • Children’s Rights Project, Emancipation: Public Counsel’s Emancipation Project assists youth who are living independently from their parents and would like to file to be legally freed from their parents’ custody. Students will revise a volunteer guide on how to assist young people in an emancipation matter.
  • 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 aim to protect the region's water resources through a combination of litigation and advocacy efforts.  Projects may include support for investigation of industrial polluters, drafting comment letters and providing 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 Orange County residents with debt collection disputes, student loans and for-profit schools, bankruptcy and other civil litigation issues. Students will assist with intakes, drafting responsive pleadings, discovery and motions, and may spend some time working with older adults at risk of or recovering from elder financial abuse.
  • 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).
  • Court Watch--Mississippi Center for Justice: Students will virtually observe courtrooms in Mississippi and provide MCJ with observations, in order to keep courts accountable and makes the justice system more transparent, more rigorous, and more equitable. 
  • 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 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: Students will assist a Writs & Appeals attorney in the Dependency Unit helping parents who have had children removed from their care due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Volunteers may review reports and case plans with clients, communicate with social workers, draft motions, and perform legal research. 
  • 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.
  • Dolores Street Community Services—Research for Deportation Defense:  Volunteers will provide research assistance pertaining to individuals in ICE custody. Research may include: Withholding of Removal bars; the Rehabilitation Act and prolonged detention; or country conditions research and compilation of related filings. 
  • 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 and build policy responses grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Volunteers will assist with legal and policy research to support their advocacy efforts, including successful implementation of drug decriminalization and expansion of health services.
  • Education Advocacy for Youth (IEP’s):  Law students will work with Disability Rights California to provide education advocacy support for youth with disabilities and their families across the state. Work may include legal research and writing, intake, educational record reviews, drafting demand letters, preparing for and attending Individual Education Program meetings, and drafting and filing complaints.
  • Education Rights—Remote Volunteers:  The Learning Rights Law Center (LRLC) is a nonprofit legal services agency whose mission is to ensure equitable access to public education for all students.  Volunteers may be asked to do legal research and writing for a due process case. 
  • EEOC Sex Discrimination Research:  Students will research a recent decision by the 9th Circuit relying upon the Supreme Court’s Bostock v Clayton County decision, indicating that a “paramour preference” is not considered discrimination in the workplace.
  • 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 to follow when addressing mis and disinformation on social media. 
  • 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.
  • Environmental Justice Research, Public Comment & Advocacy on Beach Access:  A city recently passed laws preventing beach access in an effort to limit use by low-income residents and those with no homes.  Students will research potential environmental justice impacts and draft a comment to the Coastal Commission. 
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project #1 —Community Education Programs:  UCI student volunteers are needed to assist with remote work doing intakes, helping respondents fill out applications and motions, asylum workshops, and other tasks supporting the programs
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project #2 — Remote Asylum Research & Merits Filings for Released and Detained ClientsStudents will assist attorneys with either researching country conditions for asylum applications, research on complex immigration issues, or helping develop and assemble evidence for merits hearings for clients detained or recently released from Adelanto Detention Center.
  • Eviction/Unlawful Detainer Answer Clinic: Students will assist low-income tenants facing eviction by helping to prepare answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints in a weekly clinic. Students will draft pleadings, and may have the opportunity to observe hearings, motions, and trial.
  • Expungement Project—Orange County Clean Slate Clinic:  An expungement allows an individual that has completed their sentence to dismiss or reduce certain criminal convictions, allowing them to move on with their lives. Volunteers will assist clients by filling out petitions and fee waiver forms, interviewing clients, drafting declarations, and assisting clients in arrest record sealings.
  • Family Law at Public Law Center:  A volunteer will work with attorneys at PLC on a variety of issues for, including researching and writing pleadings for family law proceedings, domestic violence restraining orders, guardianships, custody and visitation and other family law matters.
  • Florida Rights Restoration Coalition—Returning Citizens Legal Fees Review: FRRC is reviewing applications seeking assistance with fines and fees to restore voting eligibility. An attorney and UCI Law Alum from Irell & Manella LLP will supervise students reviewing records and sentencing documents to vet which cases are eligible for modification requests or payment of fees with donations. 
  • Gun Safety Litigation & Legislation Research: Students will work with Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to update a 50-state review of laws pertaining to the temporary transfer of firearms to protect a person at risk of harm to himself/herself.
  • Haiti Human Rights Initiative: The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti needs research in areas such as the UN’s obligations to provide for cholera victims; Child support from UN peacekeepers; Reducing impunity for high-powered criminals; Promoting representative elections; or efforts against government crackdowns on political and civil rights in Haiti.
  • Harm Reduction/Drug Policy Research: A student will research state and federal laws that affect harm reduction organizations and people who use drugs for use in guidance and consultation to impacted parties, as well as non-partisan, evidence-based publications and trainings. 
  • 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.
  • Hotel/Food Service Worker Project—Union Labor Work: Students may represent union members in grievance proceedings; investigate, file and present unfair labor practice charges; research and formulate legal claims in support of organizing and contract campaigns; protect members' free speech at Union actions and picket lines; and assist laid-off workers in obtaining unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Housing Clinic and/or Research with NLSLA:  Students will assist with all manner of housing issues, from eviction, to habitability, to benefits/Sec 8.  Students may assist with weekly housing clinics, or they may choose to prepare answers and respond to discovery in housing cases to gain litigation experience.
  • Housing Element Investigationand Litigation Preparation:  In an effort to ensure that each OC jurisdiction is fulfilling its affordable and fair housing obligations, students will review housing element plans and identify areas for enforcement by investigating 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: Students will complete legal screenings at an emergency intake site for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children. Potential remote legal research opportunities on matters related to the detention of immigrant children and relief applications.
  • 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 Legal Aid: Students will have opportunities to work on a variety of work in Housing or Family law, and may prepare briefs, conduct legal research, edit motions, draft and edit declarations, and research various legal matters.
  • 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.
  • 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 and eLearning modules 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 supports member attorneys around the globe.  These attorneys operate in different countries, but their causes are the same – to support workers and their organizations by challenging repressive laws, regulations, and practices by governments or global corporations. 
  • International Refugee Assistance Project—Casework: IRAP assists refugees applying for resettlement from abroad and policy advocacy to improve the refugee crisis.  Students may work under the supervision of attorneys from law firms around the country. 
  • 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 to support the VAWA claim (related to intimate partner violence), police reports, and statements from family members and friends.
  • Kids In Need of Defense:  KIND seeks students interested in juvenile removal defense (unaccompanied children in deportation proceedings).  Volunteers will assist with Adjustment of Status petitions; Special Immigration Juvenile Status applications; and possibly drafting motions to dismiss immigration cases. 
  • Kill the Kill Zone (Formerly Innocence Rights of OC): Law Offices of Annee Della Donna and student volunteers successfully helped two clients get eleven counts of attempted murder under the kill zone theory reversed, and released from prison.  Students will help find new cases where the kill zone theory was unjustly used and work to appeal or reverse excessive convictions.
  • 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 work with various law school clinics, and 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 Assistance for Crime Victims—Civil & Family Law:  Volunteers will assist victims of domestic violence and other special crimes on civil cases. Clients are assisted by Community Legal Aid SoCal in a holistic manner in the areas of family law, civil, and immigration law.
  • 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):  The Space Systems Command legal office provides legal counsel supporting the acquisition branch of Space Force.  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.
  • Mandarin Speaking Bankruptcy Self-Help Program: Mandarin-speaking students will assist Chapter 7 debtors with their bankruptcy petitions, respond to adversary proceedings and related issues arising during the course of the bankruptcy case. 
  • 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—Mississippi ICE Raids Merits Representation Project:  Providing legal support to the victims of the 2019 massive ICE raids.  Volunteers will conduct client interviews, prepare applications for relief, and compile supporting evidence and client declarations. 
  • Mississippi Center for Justice #2—Mississippi ICE Raids Prosecutorial Discretion Project:  Students will support an attorney with requests to ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion (PD) in several of the cases of individuals arrested in ICE Raids in Mississippi. Work will require legal writing and research, direct client communication and document collection process management. 
  • 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.
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund Case Monitoring: Student volunteers will work with attorneys from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to prepare regular reports for LDF on newly filed cases. Student volunteers will review new case filings, identify cases of potential interest, and summarize cases for a memo.
  • National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles Mass Protest Defense:  Students will conduct intake interviews with arrestees, help people navigate the legal process, provide Know Your Rights trainings, conduct research on policing and criminalization issues, draft letters advocating for the non-filing of criminal charges, collect mitigating evidence, and other support to help decriminalize protest activity.
  • NLSLA—Worker’s Rights Clinic: Volunteers assist individuals with various workers' rights issues, including wage and hour, work health and safety issues related to COVID-19, leave related issues, and state disability insurance, with a focus on unemployment benefits issues.
  • Non-Profit General Counsel:  Students will help fine-tune Asian American Advancing Justice—LA’s grants and MOU contracting process internally.  Tasks include research and writing, but may also include helping to develop an internal training.
  • Pandemic Mitigation Project—Non-Proliferation Agreement: The Pandemic Mitigation Project (PMP) advocates for a Pandemic Non-Proliferation Agreement that would require countries to provide notification and grant of access in the event of a pandemic outbreak. Students will assist in researching laws and treaties that support adoption of the Pandemic Non-Proliferation Agreement.
  • People’s Clinic—Assisting Victims of Police Violence:  The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco helps empower people to take action and/or file suit after violent and unconstitutional interactions with law enforcement during protests. Students may assist with virtual clinics, preparation of government tort forms, or assisting qualifying clients with small claims actions in preparation of a hearing.
  • Permanency Applications (Green Cards) For Victims of Crime: Students will assist LAFLA clients of who are requesting legal permanency after securing a Visa as a victim of crime. The clients have legal status in the United States due to their victimization, and are now eligible for permanent legal residency (aka a "green card"). Work will be supervised by attorneys from Orrick, Herrington,& Sutcliffe LLP.
  • 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.
  • Pro Per Guardianship Clinic: Public Counsel’s Guardianship Clinic assists with applications for probate guardianship, petitions for termination of guardianship, petitions for visitation, and objections to guardianship petitions. Students will conduct client intake interviews, complete the required legal forms, and explain the relevant law and procedures to litigants.
  • Public Benefits and Consumer Defense Litigation Support: Volunteers will assist clients of Community Legal Aid SoCal who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits. Volunteers will also work with clients facing consumer defense litigation and/or fraudulent and unscrupulous lending practices.
  • Racial Justice--Small Business Assistance Project:  The Economic Justice project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco (LCCRSF) focuses on closing the racial wealth gap and increasing economic opportunity. Students will provide legal services to entrepreneurs in areas of leasing, contracts, entity formation, and a variety of other areas impacting small, minority-owned businesses.
  • 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.
  • Removal Defense Work for Low-Income Detained Immigrants: Students will help detained clients of the Public Law Center at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center to prepare for bond hearings. Students will also help prepare applications for release and gather supporting documents for people seeking release.
  • 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.
  • Right to Counsel in Eviction—Due Process Analysis Under State Constitutional Law: Students will help the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) to explore the possibility of litigating the right to counsel for tenants facing eviction based on state constitutional arguments. 
  • 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 Francisco Free Clinic:  LCCRSF manages the Unconditional Legal Clinic in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Students will assist with referrals and basic legal assistance such as reviewing pleadings, drafting habitability letters to landlords, small claims, and quality of life citations.
  • Saturday Academy of Law (SAL):  Law students work alongside certified teachers from Santa Ana, Anaheim and Garden Grove school districts 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 Igniting Hope, which seeks to end the criminalization of surviving gender-based violence within the State of Georgia. Students will work on post-conviction defense by helping re-negotiate sentences to time served and advocate for release of criminalized survivors.
  • Short Term Research—Older Adults, Poverty & Public Benefits: Justice in Aging focuses on combatting senior poverty through law. Students will conduct research on questions related to legal issues that affect low income seniors—health care, economic security, housing, other public benefits, and more.
  • Street Law: Students will work with Association of Corporate Counsel attorneys to educate high school students in Santa Ana on diverse legal topics and demystify the legal profession. Students and ACC attorneys will work together on the curriculum and teach virtual 60-90 minute Street Law sessions.
  • Tenant Defense Project: This project of CLA SoCal provides direct services to tenants who are being evicted by landlords and/or by the by the Housing Authority. Students will assist clients with completing answers, providing information on procedure and trial preparation.
  • Tenants Law Firm—Research and Intakes: Tenants Law Firm is a non-profit legal services organization fighting for the rights of tenants in California. Students will perform research in areas most in need to the Tenants Law Firm attorneys, and will also assist with client intakes.
  • Tijuana Border Project: Volunteers with the Al Otro Lado (AOL) Tijuana Border Rights Project will have the choice to work on two different projects.
    • Option 1: Legal Research: AOL seeks volunteers to conduct legal research that will be utilized to defend the rights of underserved communities. Research topics will vary from criminal law to immigration law and will draw on the harms suffered by current AOL clients.
    • Option 2: FOIA Review:  AOL seeks volunteers to help prepare Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and review FOIA responses so individuals facing immigration proceedings can be better informed about their case posture and any defenses they may be able to raise or prepare based on the information in the FOIA response.
  • 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. 
  • Transition Age Youth Project:  Public Counsel’s Transition Age Youth (TAY) team works with youth age 16 to 24 who are currently or formerly involved in the dependency (aka foster care) and/or delinquency system(s).  The project works to ensure access to housing, education, benefits, health care, and fundamental rights without discrimination for system-involved young people.
  • Tribal Prosecutor Assistance—Fort Peck, Montana:  Students will work with Special Assistant US Attorney and Chief Tribal Prosecutor on the Fort Peck Reservation on warrant requests, recommendations for plea bargain offers, response memos to requests to lower bond, and other legal research and drafting. 
  • 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—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 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 and will be supervised by attorneys from Snell & Wilmer LLP in preparing U-Visa requests for victims of crime, who have cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation related to their victimization.  Most clients are women and children that have suffered physical or sexual abuse by a family member or intimate partner.   
  • Wage Justice Center Project:  WJC provides justice to exploited workers, collecting over $16,000,000 of back wages and penalties in cases where others had written off any possibility of collection. Volunteers are needed to conduct research remotely and assist with drafting discovery requests and motions.
  • 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 its 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 law intake 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, based in San Francisco, will have an attorney regularly travel to Orange County to provide training and supervision.
  • Young Adult Court: Students will work with Young Adult Court clients, who are 18-23 year olds charged with an eligible felony.  Law explain to potential clients what is involved with YAC, and if accepted law students will help monitor and support the YAC participants as they complete the program.