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Attorneys provide invaluable pro bono services to our clients every day. Currently, LACLJ’s pro bono opportunities include limited scope representation of domestic violence survivors at their hearings and trials in restraining order cases. LACLJ staff attorneys are available for training and support of all pro bono attorneys.

To view LACLJ’s manual on representing clients pursuing domestic violence restraining orders, please click here.

LACLJ encourages all of its pro bono volunteers representing survivors at their restraining order hearings to visit the Pro Bono Training Institute and view their excellent on demand video trainings on Domestic Violence Restraining Order Requests.  These videos are free but you do have to create a login to access the training curriculum.  Once you’re logged in, click on Training and look for the course “Domestic Violence Restraining Order Requests”. CLE credit available! Contact:

Corporate Volunteers

LACLJ’s Justice Plus volunteer initiative is an innovative program that leverages corporate partnerships to provide critical services, information, and goods to LACLJ clients.  Through this program, corporate volunteers serve one of the most disadvantaged populations in Los Angeles – low income and immigrant women who are experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.   LACLJ trains volunteers who in turn provide essential instruction and materials to survivors through short workshops. To learn more about Justice Plus, please click here.

Law Students

Every summer, LACLJ hosts law students who receive hands-on experience in the practice of public interest law serving low-income families in Los Angeles. LACLJ’s Summer Clerk Program lasts 10 weeks and is designed to introduce each student to the areas of law that LACLJ practices, including immigration and family law. Law clerks work under the direct supervision of staff attorneys on intake as well as on assigned projects, and have an opportunity to:

  • Analyze and assess individual clients’ needs
  • Participate in direct communication with clients
  • Review each case with a staff attorney to determine what assistance is needed
  • Prepare pleadings, applications, memoranda and other written materials
  • Attend and participate in legal and community trainings
  • Assist in the development of resource materials for clients
  • Conduct legal research
  • Assist in representation of clients at hearings and trial

MSW Students

LACLJ provides exceptional MSW students from nationally-recognized programs with 2nd year field placements as Community Care Advocates (CCAs).  Within their role as CCAs, MSW interns work alongside attorneys and advocates to provide holistic services within a legal setting.  Our MSW interns serve our diverse clientele through provision of resource referral and client support services, positively impacting immediate and long-term outcomes. CCA Summer Internship Program  As part of our CCA program, LACLJ will offer full-time summer internships in 2018 for both: (1) MSW concentration–year students; and (2) recent MSW graduates interested in worked in a non-traditional social work setting. In addition to trainings on trauma-informed services and best practices for working with survivors of interpersonal violence, interns may earn their 40-hour Domestic Violence Counselor certificate. Recent MSW graduates registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences would be eligible to receive supervised hours toward licensure. For more information or to apply for the CCA Summer Internship Program, click here.


Implement a new project through an Equal Justice Works, Skadden or school-sponsored fellowship program! Fellowships provide a great opportunity for new public interest attorneys to work on issues they care about and gain the skills they need to be strong, effective advocates. LACLJ has experience hosting many past fellows and is interested in developing fellowship projects that enhance and complement LACLJ’s existing practice areas. LACLJ will work with promising candidates to articulate a project proposal prior to the application process. Applicants who would like to partner with LACLJ as their host organization should contact LACLJ no later than two months before the fellowship application is due to discuss project ideas and feasibility. Please email Carmen McDonald at for more information.