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Law Students, Paralegals, and Law Graduates


Law student, paralegal, law graduate, and paralegal student volunteers bring valuable support to attorney volunteers and to Legal Aid as a whole. Working in partnership with local law schools and universities, the Volunteer Lawyers Program offers valuable experience to law and paralegal students while in the service of low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

In-house volunteer opportunities exist for people in any of the 5 counties served by Legal Aid: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain. In-house volunteer positions typically open in January, May and August, and require a minimum 12 hour a week, 12-week commitment.

Requirements for volunteering with Legal Aid include a commitment to helping low-income persons; excellent communication skills; an ability to work independently and with a team; and respect for people of diverse cultures and communities. Additional requirements include a proficiency in MS Office 365; attention to detail; and the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Law students interested in Summer Associate positions, click here to visit Legal Aid's career page.  Typically, the application process is announced for the summer associate program in November each year.  Applications are due in January with interviews/offers made in February and March.  By March, the summer associate class is selected.