Opportunities for those seeking to complete the required 50 hours of pro bono work are available between academic semesters. Those completing their 50 hours of pro bono with a VLA attorney as a supervisor must complete the work on-site during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm. It takes seven full business days to complete this work, which volunteers are required to complete over two consecutive weeks.
Volunteer duties include:
- Interviewing potential clients over the phone, and enabling VLA’s intake process by identifying key legal and factual issues to determine their suitability for VLA services
- Participating in client consultations and administering client case files in preparation for referral to pro bono counsel
- Conducting legal research, writing, and case management in support of ongoing intellectual property, contract, corporate, and dispute resolution matters
Volunteer essential skills:
- Demonstrated interest in the arts and public service
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail
- Ability to work well with a team in a fast-paced environment
- Multitasker with attention to detail
- Strong legal research and writing skills
- Prior course work and experience in intellectual property and/or the arts strongly preferred
To find out available volunteer dates, and to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter and indicate a general time-frame during which you seek to complete your volunteer hours.
Inquiries and materials should be submitted to the attention of Laura Levin-Dando at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “50 Hours Pro Bono” in the subject line.
You will be notified if you have been selected for an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those being considered will be contacted.