VLA plays an important role in educating artists, professionals within arts and cultural institutions, attorneys, students, and the general public about legal and business issues that affect artistic and creative endeavors.

Each year, we reach more than 5,000 people through more than 150 courses and offerings, including the following:

  • In-house workshops
  • Speaking engagements in the five boroughs and around the state.
  • Appearances at national conferences
  • Online classes and talks
  • Our in-office resource library
  • Teaching engagements at local colleges and law schools
  • Partnership with international organizations similar to VLA
  • Art, music and film festivals


Our Department of Education offers a wide variety of discipline-specific and general educational programs, both at its office and privately on location for law firms and art, cultural and service organizations. VLA is also certified by the New York State Bar Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education courses and programs. Read the Guidelines and Regulations for CLE in New York State here.

To suggest a topic or to request for VLA to present educational programming to your constituents, members or employees, please contact us at or call 212.319.2787, ext. 12.


Financial aid is available for those qualified. Please note that your application does not guarantee a full or partial scholarship. Some classes are exempt. No fee is charged to apply for financial aid. To apply for a full or partial scholarship for one of our classes, applicants must provide VLA with a letter explaining which financial bracket they fall under (see below) and which class and date they would like to register via e-mail or mail to:

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Attn: Kathryn E. Wagner, Esq.
729 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

VLA generally applies the following guidelines:
Unemployed (no income): 75% scholarship
Income up to $35,000: 50% scholarship Income
$35,000 to $50,000: 25% scholarship
Income over $50,000: No Discount
No financial documents need to be submitted.


VLA strives to make its services, programs and facilities accessible to everyone. VLA offers assistance for the visual and hearing impaired, with prior notification. VLA’s offices also are wheel chair accessible via elevator. Please call us at 212-319-2787 ext 1 to request assistance with these or other reasonable accommodations.

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