Law Students/Paralegals

Law students typically work in SDVLP's offices and clinics.  To date, more than 600 law students have volunteered with SDVLP.  In 2012 alone, 119 law students volunteered their time through SDVLP.  These law students touch approximately 4,000 cases each year.  SDVLP has limited positions for paralegals.  SDVLP has a particular need for Spanish speakers and Notary Publics.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below with your area of interest and availability, and you will be contacted if a position is available.

The more legal experience you obtain during your law school years, the more you will be in a position to market yourself to prospective employers. Participation in pro bono enables you to gain relevant legal experience, explore a variety of career paths, and network with practicing lawyers. While performing a much needed community service, you will enhance your professional development and ultimately become a better lawyer.

Melani Kushnir
Assistant Staff Counsel
ABA Center for Pro Bono


SDVLP offers law students an opportunity to gain practical legal skills while helping San Diego County’s low income community. SDVLP has in-office and clinic volunteer positions throughout the year. If working in-office, law students work closely with an SDVLP attorney in providing legal assistance to clients. Please note that space is limited for in-office volunteers. Law students are also encouraged to consider volunteering at SDVLP legal clinics to conduct legal intakes for individual SDVLP clients. SDVLP has a particular need for Spanish speakers.


If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form* below with your area(s) of interest, and availability, and send it to our office with a cover letter and resume.  You can address the cover letter to the Pro Bono Coordinator.

*Please save the PDF to your desktop before completing the form.

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