Access to Justice
There are many pro bono opportunities available for law students in the Bloomington area.
Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocate
- Contact: Kristin Bishay, CASA Program Director, One City Centre, 120 W 7th Street, Suite 104, Bloomington, IN 47404.
- Type of Work: A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a concerned volunteer appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child. The appointment of CASA is governed by Indiana Law.
- What Law Students Will Do: Most CASA's will be assigned to only one case at a time. The amount of time required will depend on the individual case and the status of that case. A specific number of hours is not required. However, the CASA is expected to make the time commitment to provide the child with the necessary services.
- Time Commitment: This typically ranges from three to five hours per week. We do require a one to two year commitment to the program after the volunteer completes the CASA training program.
Shalom Community Center – HELP (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Clinic
- Contact: Blair Johnson, Clinic Coordinator; Jacob Atz, Admin Coordinator; 205 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, (812) 334-5728.
- Type of Work: Provides legal assistance to the homeless and low-income communities through an intake service designed to translate client matters into legal issues for resolution by licensed area attorneys. Approximately one-third of cases are handled on-site by volunteer attorneys, one-third off-site through pro bono referrals, and one-third by law student volunteers with guidance from licensed attorneys. Currently, the clinic is open Friday afternoons from 12 to 3 p.m., but a second clinic day on Tuesday afternoons is possible in the near future.
- What Law Students Will Do: Volunteer work consists of both intake during clinic hours and case management outside clinic hours. Law students will:
- Work in a variety of civil and administrative law areas, including public housing, disability benefits (SSDI/SSI), food stamps, Medicaid, and family law;
- Collaborate with local attorneys on resolution of client matters (e.g. draft documents and correspondence, make phone calls, perform legal research, assist with benefits applications); and
- Work with social services agencies/benefits administrators on resolution of client matters (e.g. housing authorities, homeless shelters, state/federal benefits employees).
- Time Commitment: Attend mandatory training session & volunteer a minimum of 3 clinic sessions per semester, including casework follow-up outside of clinic hours.
Law Firm Pro Bono Projects
We are also in the process of matching students with law firm pro bono projects.
Faegre Baker Daniels Pro Bono and Public Interest Externships
Get the details.
Opportunities with Professors
Many professors will also often need help from law school students. These opportunities will be listed on Symplicity. Please log into your Symplicity account and follow the instructions below to access this listing.
How to Access Pro Bono Listings on Symplicity
- Log into your Symplicity account.
- Click on the “Jobs & Scholarships” tab in Symplicity.
- Under “Position Type,” select “Pro Bono.”
- Click on “Search.”
- Scroll down to see the list of opportunities.