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 2021

  • 1994 Crime Bill—Repeal & Replace Project: Law 4 Black Lives is working as part of a Coalition to provide research on how the Crime Bill funds were used in cities with large Black populations, and the impact on those communities. Students will be assigned to research a specific city and investigate public records to understand how funds were used, and how incarceration rates were impacted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice Orange County: Students volunteering for this project will work remotely with API communities throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties on immigration matters, especially citizenship applications.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Domestic Violence work with SAFE: Work with clients and attorneys remotely to prepare domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) applications and other family law petitions, responses, requests and declarations.
  • 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 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 would significantly improve their client interview skills while also learning to issue-spot important and often varied legal needs.
  • Bond Project with PLC: PLC is looking for law student volunteers to assist with the following: conduct intakes by phone with individuals detained in the Adelanto Detention Facility; connect with families of detained individuals by phone; assist with collecting documents; and prepare and organize bond packets.
  • Border X Project—Remote Immigration Advocacy: The goal of Border X is to help detained immigrants to get released. Students will prepare motions for bond hearings or parole requests for those detained at regional detention centers. Students will use extensive documentation to prepare a motion.
  • California Free Legal Answers Helpline: Students will work under the supervision of two UCI Law alums, preparing answers for “Free Legal Answers” site for California residents with legal questions in the areas of employment, housing and family law.
  • California Women’s Law Center Research Project: Student volunteers will assist in evaluating California public schools, including colleges and universities, compliance with Title IX. Work may include researching lactation accommodation for pregnant and parenting students at universities, or Title IX implementation regarding athletics in K-12 schools.
  • Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance Office (LAO): Students will provide legal assistance to military officers, enlisted service members, and their families in the areas of family law, consumer law, estate planning, immigration, and various other issues.
  • Central California Legal Services—Tenant Advocacy: Central California Legal Services assists clients in six rural counties, many in legal desserts without anyone to help. Their clients are in need of legal assistance drafting demand letters to landlords due to deplorable living conditions.
  • Children’s Law Center of California #1—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 Law Center of California #2—Law Clerk: A volunteer will work a UCI Law alum on her caseload representing approximately 150 foster children, assisting with status check calls to caretakers and clients; calling social workers and/or therapists; investigating whether court orders have been followed; and possible trial preparation.
  • 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 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 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 two consumer law clients, drafting motions and assisting with filing instructions and preparation for their hearing under the supervision of an attorney from Community Legal Aid SoCal.
  • Civil Rights Litigation—Disability Rights Legal Center: DRLC Civil Rights Project needs volunteers to work on high impact litigation guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities, including fact gathering, development of legal theories, drafting pleadings, motions practice, trial preparation, settlement negotiations and community education.
  • Coastal Policy Research: One student will work be supervised by an alumni, who is doing independent pro bono work for Surfrider, researching policy issues that may include California Coastal Commission policies and beach erosion.
  • Coastkeeper/Waterkeeper Remote Volunteer - Water Quality Advocacy and Litigation: The organization focuses on protecting water quality in this area while Waterkeeper focuses on the Coachella Valley. A committed student volunteer is needed to work virtually, researching environmental permitting, reviewing upcoming legislation, and possibly drafting comment letters in response to permitting requests or local environmental regulations. Work will be for both Coastkeeper and Waterkeeper.
  • Common Cause—Fair Redistricting for Fair Elections: Volunteers will work with Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization seeking to defend democracy by fighting for a fair process in which every voice is heard and every vote counts. Volunteers will need to be available each week on an as-needed basis to assist in the against gerrymandering and for fair voting.
  • 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 of Missouri ACLU + Mississippi Center for Justice: Students will virtually observe courtrooms in both Mississippi (civil courts) and St. Louis, MO (criminal), noting issues on forms provided by partner organizations: ACLU of Missouri and Mississippi Center for Justice. Such observation helps keep courts accountable and keeps the system transparent.
  • 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 Colorado PD: Student volunteers are needed to research all levels of criminal cases, from pre-trial to appeal, for Colorado Public Defenders. Projects include everything from quick criminal procedure/evidence research to drafting appeals.
  • Criminal Law Projects in Orange County:
    • 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 in Santa Ana.
    • 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.
  • Criminal Law—White Collar Defense: Students will assist with a case on behalf of a disabled woman who may have had been used in a money-laundering scheme. Volunteers will help the pro bono attorney prepare and conduct an initial client interview, develop a case timeline, research applicable caselaw, organize all of the evidence and develop a strategy to protect her.
  • DACA Casework: Students will work with clients of the Public Law Center that wish to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status for the first time. Volunteers will work directly with clients to prepare forms and collect and organize supporting documents showing that the clients have lived in the U.S. and have completed the necessary educational.
  • Defending Parents’ Rights in Dependency Proceedings: A volunteer student will assist an OCPD attorney helping parents who have children removed from their care by reviewing reports and case plans with clients, communicating with social workers, drafting motions, performing legal research, and observing proceedings.
  • Disability Rights California, Civil Rights Unit—Homelessness Research: Research homelessness, homelessness prevention and disability rights. Disability Rights California has prioritized asserting the rights of individuals with disabilities in eviction cases, housing preservation cases, or cases that deny accessibility to necessary programs based on disabilities.
  • 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 #1—U-Visa for Central American Woman: A volunteer will work under the supervision of an alum to assist in the preparation of an application for a U visa for an immigrant who was a victim of crime. The client fled her country with her child and is now facing deportation.
  • Dolores Street Community Services #2—Research for Deportation Defense: Volunteer will provide research assistance on a range of issues pertaining to detained individuals in ICE custody. It 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 virtually, 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 & Healthcare Expansion Research: DPA is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs and build policy response to drugs grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA seeks two volunteers to 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 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.
  • Elder Law and Disability Rights—In Office Volunteer: Volunteers will conduct intake interviews, and may assist with estate planning, limited conservatorships, or SSI applications. Student will also conduct research and drafting as needed.
  • Employment Rights Virtual Clinic—Los Angeles: Volunteers will conduct intakes for Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project 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—Housing Projects: Students will research potential environmental justice impacts of a project, and draft a memo for Elder Law and Disability Rights Center (ELDR). Volunteers will be provided confidential information regarding the project once assigned.
  • Environmental Law Research—Ensuring a Just and Clean Energy Transition to Combat the Climate Emergency: Students will work with the Center for Biological Diversity to support litigation fighting barriers to distributed solar and the just clean energy transition. This role requires extensive legal research into federal energy laws and policy research into federal and state laws governing renewable energy.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Project—Research Efficacy of Injunctive Remedies to Correct Discrimination: A student will draft a research memorandum regarding how courts differ in their interpretation of what constitutes reasonable steps taken to correct and respond to harassment in the case of Federal consent decrees, as well as the efficacy of those measures in correcting and preventing further harassment.
  • 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 pro se, assisting in workshops, along with other tasks supporting the programs. Students will participate in asylum workshops over the phone or Zoom.
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project #2 — Remote Asylum Research & Merits Filings for Released and Detained Clients: Students will assist attorneys with either researching country conditions for asylum applications, research on complex immigration issues, or help develop and assemble evidence for merits hearings for clients detained or recently released from Adelanto Detention Center.
  • 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. The Clean Slate clinic also assists with applications for Certificate of Rehabilitation, Responses to DA Opposition, Motions for Reconsideration, and Juvenile Sealing.
  • Family Law at Public Law Center: A volunteer will work with attorneys at PLC on a variety of family law issues for low-income clients, including researching and writing pleadings for family law proceedings, domestic violence restraining orders, guardianships, custody and visitation and other family law matters.
  • Freedom for Immigrants--Immigration Detention Policy Research: The volunteer will support the policy team in drafting outreach emails to target offices, preparing background material in advance of visits, and assisting with logistical prep in advance of in-person inspections. The goal of the project is to abolish immigration detention and ending the isolation and abuse of those held in detention.
  • Guardianships: Students will work with attorneys from Rutan & Tucker, LLP to assist caretakers seeking probate guardianships of minor children that are in their care. Students will interview caretakers, prepare guardianship forms, and may attend the hearing with the supervising attorney.
  • Gun Safety Litigation & Legislation Research: Students will assist with legal research under the supervision of Gifford’s Law Center, looking at the various scrutiny standards for Second Amendment cases, including caselaw in states that use strict scrutiny, and also draft a memo on legal arguments should states succeed in adding such a constitutional provision.
  • Haiti Human Rights Initiative: International law and human rights research projects for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Research topics may include: UN’s obligations to provide for cholera victims; Child support from UN peacekeepers; Accountability for detrimental foreign aid practices; Reducing impunity for high-powered criminals; Promoting representative and participatory elections; or efforts against government crackdowns on political and civil rights in Haiti.
  • Harm Reduction/Drug Policy Research: Research assignments into various 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: Volunteers will work in a specialized unit of Community Legal Aid SoCal focused on policy advocacy and assisting low-income clients in Orange County to access health care and solve serious issues clients may have with their medical insurance. Students will interview clients and strategize about the best outcomes on a case-by-case basis.
  • Health Law Project with PLC: Public Law Center's Health Law unit has a specialty project assisting low-income individuals living with AIDS or HIV, and medical-legal partnerships 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 and arbitration proceedings; investigate, file and present unfair labor practice charges; protect members' free speech rights at Union actions and picket lines; assist laid-off hospitality workers in obtaining vital unemployment insurance benefits, including representing workers in appeals hearings.
  • Housing Element Collaboration—Tracking Cities & Developing Litigation: One student will help in engaging cities regarding required housing element plans, which identify how each city will address low income housing, making public comments to cities, and preparing memos or letters to address any defects or issues.
  • Housing Element Investigation and Litigation Preparation: Students will assist with the pre-litigation process, including the review, investigating the jurisdictions' compliance through Public Records Act requests and other methods, and researching possible remedies for Orange County's low-income residents. Students will help monitor and provide advocacy.
  • Human Rights Initiative #1—Women & Children Fleeing Persecution—Asylum Applications: Thousands of asylum seekers are living in makeshift refugee camps right outside the U.S. border. Student volunteers will access brief banks and existing country conditions research to assemble legal briefs and collect evidence on behalf of women and their children in need of protection from persecution in their home countries.
  • Human Rights Initiative #2—Country Conditions Research for Ecuador and Cuba: Those seeking asylum in the U.S. must provide evidence of persecution. Research is needed for Cuba and Ecuador to prove persecution against women and children in those countries.
  • 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.
  • Immigration—Creating Community Legal Training Presentations: Students will work under the supervision of Catholic Charities to research one immigration topic such as DACA, U-Visa, Asylum, VAWA, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation on the topic, which will be used to train community partners so that they in turn can assist their community with immigration services.
  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center-Supporting Juvenile Immigration Removal Defense & Related Research: Students will perform remote legal research on a variety of matters related to the detention of immigrant children and relief applications. Remote client interaction possible depending on the project.
  • Immigration Removal Defense—Catholic Charities of OC: Providing legal assistance to clients in removal proceedings, either non-detained or detained dockets. Duties may include: (1) legal research for bond hearings and a variety of removal defenses; (2) research and drafting motions in state court seeking Special Juvenile Findings; (3) drafting declarations; (4) and researching country conditions.
  • Immigration Screening Clinic--Monthly: Students will assist with a monthly immigration screening clinic in Santa Ana, meeting one-on-one with clients who are 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.
  • Immigration Waivers for Hardship—Catholic Charities of OC: Students will research medical or financial hardships, conditions in the client’s home country, and obtain evidence of the waiver claims, including dozens of exhibits. The student will be responsible for finalizing the waiver application with oversight from a supervisor.
  • Inland Empire Legal Aid: Students will have opportunities to work on a variety of work, including the following: a) Record clearing (expungements, certificates of rehabilitation); b) Housing; and c) Family law.
  • 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 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 work under the supervision of attorneys from Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP; Payne & Fears LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Polsinelli LLP Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton LLP; Lara & Luna APC.
  • IRAP—Climate Migration Research: One student will summarize case studies involving climate displacement in the United States for a particular area to be decided in consultation between the student and IRAP.
  • Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives: JW4BL serves as shield and sword for Black liberation movements. Students will help prepare a presentation for international jurists for the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Killing of People of African Descent in the US. Students may research the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender identity in a high-profile murder.
  • Juvenile Delinquency + Foster Care “Dual Status” Research: Each month 90-120 foster youth in LA County are arrested, resulting in a “dual status” of both dependency (foster care) and delinquency. A student is needed to assist the Children’s Law Center of LA with research to assist dual status youth.
  • 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 with LPP teams on current and upcoming legislation and ballot initiatives, a clemency initiative, and direct services such as drafting expungement and/or clemency petitions.
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights—Claim Settlement for Homeless Individuals: Volunteers are needed to assist class members with the claim form for unhoused individuals whose property was taken and destroyed by Caltrans. All work is remote with law students calling class members and helping them complete a form over email and phone calls.
  • Legal Assistance for Crime Victims—Civil & Family Law: Volunteers will assist victims of domestic violence and crimes. Clients are assisted in a holistic manner in the areas of family law, civil law and immigration.
  • Legislative Advocacy on Behalf of Low-Income Californians: One student will work with Public Law Center on bills that PLC is sponsoring, supporting, and opposing in Sacramento in 2021. The subject matter areas will include consumer, housing, health, and other poverty law issues.
  • Limited Conservatorships for Families of Dependent Adults: Students will file for an obtain conservatorships for families 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 with Irell attorneys on any of the following: legal research and memo writing, discovery, drafting pleadings, or even observing a hearing.
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base: Volunteers will assist Judge Advocates with a variety of military professional and legal issues. Students may assist with military justice, military administrative law, and/or legal assistance work, including trusts and estates and family law.
  • Mississippi Center for Justice—Mississippi ICE Raids Representation Project: Providing legal support to the victims of last year's massive ICE raids. Volunteers will conduct client interviews, prepare applications for relief, and compile supporting evidence and client declarations.
  • Mobile Home Owner Advocacy: Mobile home ownership is one of the few ways for low-income individuals to acquire assets. Student volunteers are needed to assist low-income mobile home owners with issues they face with the 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 Center for Youth Law #1—Research on Education Law and English Learner Students: NCYL helps low income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them. This is a legal research project involving English Learner students, language access, and distance/remote learning.
  • National Center for Youth Law #2—Research on Disability Law & Disability Discrimination: Legal research project regarding the federal government's obligation to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities by recipients of federal financial assistance and/or federal contractors. The student will research federal law and potentially state law, then draft a memo .National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles Mass Protest Defense: Conducting intake interviews with arrestees, help people navigate the legal process post-arrest, provide Know Your Rights trainings, conduct research on protest related 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: The clinic is held virtually. 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.
  • Pet Protection Project—Virtual Housing Clinics in LA: Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART LA) focuses on protecting pets in their homes and helping keep animals out of shelters. Volunteers will virtually staff clinics, providing housing advice, intakes for possible representation by HEART LA, and preparing reply letters to eviction notices.
  • 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 in the Orange County community and brainstorming ways to address them through the legal profession.
  • Public Benefits Legal Assistance: Volunteers will assist individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits such as CalWoRKs, Food Stamps (or SNAP), SSI, OR other Social Security programs, CalFresh and General Relief or General Assistance (GR/GA). Students may have the opportunity to represent clients at an administrative hearing.
  • Reentry Work with PLC: Assist low-income Orange County residents with post-conviction relief cases. Students may work on vacatur cases (protections specifically for survivors of human trafficking) or dismissal cases (protections for individuals who meet certain criteria) or reductions under Prop. 47).
  • Right to Counsel—Involuntary Medical Treatment: The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) is in need of students to research a person’s right to counsel for involuntary medical treatment (separate from committing someone to a mental health facility), which can be for either mental illness or substance use.
  • Root & Rebound—Conditions of Parole & Probation Caselaw Review: Students will provide legal research on cases challenging various parole and probation conditions to develop an organized and searchable database of relevant caselaw covering the wide variety of fact-specific challenges.
  • 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.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Removal Defense Cases: This project assists young people who were abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents, and who are now facing deportation. Students help these youth apply for Special Immigrant Juveniles status (SIJS).
  • Tenant Defense Project: This project provides direct services to tenants who are being evicted by landlords and/or by the by the Housing Authority under the Section 8 Voucher and other HUD programs. Students will assist clients with completing answers, providing information on procedure and trial preparation.
  • Tijuana Border Project: Volunteers with the Al Otro Lado (AOL) Tijuana Border Rights Project will have the choice to work on two different projects. 1) Border Rights Clinic—assisting with asylum application and MPP clinics on Friday/Saturdays, once a month. 2) Deportee Project Case Research—assisting with research related to criminal law and immigration law, providing FOIA support and conducting pre-screening interviews for AOL's Deportee Clinics.
  • Transactional Law Project: One student 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 Helpline: 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 provide written responses and can engage in legal and web research to expand the scope of the legal database used to respond to Helpline inquiries.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Their Caregiver Benefit Advocacy—Short Term Research and Client Legal Guide Project: Student volunteer work on and revise a legal information guide for veterans, their families, or their caregivers to help them better understand and navigate the Veterans Caregiver Benefits System.
  • Veterans Discharge Upgrade Advocacy: 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: Students will work on bringing justice to former service members who received a less than honorable discharge because they were sexually assaulted, suffer from traumatic brain injury, or have an injury or illness like post-traumatic stress that caused them to be wrongfully characterized upon separating from the military.
  • Veterans Work: One student will work with a Public Law Center Attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income veterans and their families as well as individuals seeking post-conviction relief. 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.
  • Women and Girls’ Rights Research Project: Public Counsel’s Women and Girls’ Rights Project focuses on workplace justice and gender equity in education (Title IX). A law student will support its attorneys in research, litigation, materials development, and other important aspects of the Project’s work.
  • 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.
  • Young Adult Court: Students with Young Adult Court clients, who are 18 to 23-year-olds charged with an eligible felony. Law students work with potential YAC clients, explaining what is involved, and if accepted law students will help monitor and support the YAC participants as they complete the program.
  • 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 regularly travel to Orange County to provide training and supervision.