Tacoma Volunteer Legal Services – Legal Clinic Volunteers

Position: Legal Clinic Volunteer
Open to: All law students 
Time Commitment: 
2 hours/month to 10 hours/week, depending on availability. Minimum 3-month commitment requested.
Location: Downtown Tacoma
Type of Supervision/Training:
 Depending on involvement, students will have direct supervision from an attorney and paralegals, as well as mentorship from volunteer attorneys.
Application Process:
Send an email to darlenet@tacomaprobono.org with availability and areas of interest: family law, tenant rights, incarcerated clients, civil rights, general law, LGBTQ, tribal law, vacation of records, estates & probate, or bankruptcy. Click here to see when the clinics are scheduled and descriptions of each clinic.
Application Deadline: 
We are continually looking for high-quality volunteers, but students are encouraged to email us now through September.
Darlene Teafatiller, DarleneT@tacomaprobono.org, (253) 572-5134 ext. 103

The Volunteer Legal Services Program in Pierce County is a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association funded by local contributors to the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded to support the Bar’s volunteer attorney program, and IOLTA/LawFund as a grantee of the Legal Foundation of Washington. The mission of the Volunteer Legal Services Program is to facilitate access to volunteer attorney advice and representation, as well as self-help materials and general legal information, for low-income individuals who have civil legal needs in Pierce County, Washington.

The Volunteer Legal Services Program sponsors free legal advice clinics on civil legal issues for low-income clients. Appointments are approximately 1/2 hour in length. Examples of the types of issues people seek help for are family law, consumer problems, bankruptcy, housing, contracts, estate planning, etc.

Law student volunteers are needed to assist pro bono attorneys interview clients, conduct intakes, identify legal issues, and provide referrals to appropriate legal clinics and resources. Law student volunteers also facilitate legal advice clinics. Depending on experience, law student volunteers may have the opportunity to work directly with our staff attorney and gain courtroom experience.

This is a great opportunity to assist low-income clients address their legal problems, build legal and leadership skills, and network with attorneys.