Volunteer Opportunities

Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Center for Pro BonoDivision for Legal Services


  Find a Pro Bono Opportunity

Do you want to volunteer to provide pro bono legal assistance? No matter your practice or practice setting, there are opportunities for you. Through the resources linked below, you will find the program, the case, the issue, the client and the location best suited for your needs and interests.


No matter where you live or work, there is a pro bono program that will be of interest to you and that needs your help. Visit The National Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities Guide or the National Directory of Pro Bono Programs.

  • Your state or local bar association has a pro bono committee or program that needs your assistance, and you can find more by clicking here. Your local and/or state bar association
  • There are legal aid and legal services providers in your community that have pro bono and other programs that will be of interest to you and enable you to serve the poor in your community. Find more information here. Your local legal aid/legal services office
  • The American Bar Association supports a plethora of pro bono programs and you can learn more about them here. ABA Sections, Divisions & Committees
  • The ABA Offers a Dues Waiver for Senior or Inactive Members Who Provide Pro Bono Service. More information about the Dues Waiver
  • The American Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Project ("VLP") was created in 1986 to assist the ABA's lawyer staff in fulfilling their professional obligation to perform pro bono service. Over the years, lawyers have provided legal services to numerous indigent clients in matters involving bankruptcy, divorce, custody, adoptions, guardianships, public benefits, wills and other matters. Read more about the VLP here. Volunteer Legal Project -- Pro Bono for Staff of the American Bar Association  If you are a lawyer employed by the ABA and wish to participate in this programemail Cheryl Zalenski cheryl.zalenski@americanbar.org
  • If you are a paralegal, or if you know a paralegal, who wants to volunteer to do pro bono, click here. Paralegals and Pro Bono


  • The ABA’s Immigrant Child Advocacy Network (ICAN) connects pro bono attorneys with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minor children in America who are scheduled for legal proceedings and have no right to appointed counsel or other adult representing the child’s interests.  Without legal help, these children are unsuccessful in pressing their rights in over 90% of cases; with the help of a lawyer, these children prevail most of the time. 
  • People, businesses and organizations affected by hurricanes and other disasters need legal assistance. You can help by volunteering here: Disaster Legal Aid
  • The Military Pro Bono Project, unlike several legal service programs that have surfaced to assist veterans, is uniquely focused on provision of pro bono services to active-duty service members, many of whom remain deployed to areas of conflict.
  • Do you want to help the children in your community who need legal representation? Go to the  Directory of Programs Serving Children.
  • Do you want to help victims of domestic violence in your community who need legal representation? The ABA Commission on Domestic Violence has set up The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory




Pro bono work has long been supported and encouraged by the ABA, and the association's Board of Governors approved a plan it hopes will further encourage lawyers to contribute to their community by making retired and inactive members who have provided 500 hours of pro bono service in the prior year eligible for a waiver of their ABA membership dues the following year.

Upon request, an ABA member who is no longer in the active practice of law who completes 500 hours of pro bono legal service within a calendar year may receive a dues waiver with appropriate documentation. The definition of pro bono legal services work is set forth in Model Rule 6.1. The applicant must show proof that at least 250 of the 500 hours of pro bono work involved direct representation of persons of limited means or organizations that provide services to those individuals, service on boards of organizations serving the poor, or serving as non-compensated legal staff for such organizations. To participate in this program, contact the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 or Service@abanet.org.

For more information on pro bono opportunities, you may email Center staff at abaprobono@americanbar.org .