Legal Aid’s Social Work Department provides a variety of social services to help clients resolve critical issues in order to enhance the effectiveness of their legal representation. Graduate social work students work alongside staff social workers, and collaborate with legal advocates, to serve our clients. Social work students will maintain their own small case-loads. They will also design and complete a long-term research or advocacy project.
Social Work Field Placements are usually based in our Cleveland office. In-house volunteer positions typically open in January, May and August. Field placement hours and lengths of service are guided by the requirements of your educational institution.
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.