Volunteer Opportunities


Education Law Pro Bono Project




Can be done anywhere



LAF’s Education Law Pro Bono Project mobilizes volunteer attorneys to represent students in special education (e.g., seeking or modifying services, school placement) and school discipline matters. Volunteers receive valuable litigation and mini-trial experience in administrative proceedings and work under the direction of an experienced LAF attorney, who is available to answer questions and provide ongoing support.

Expulsions can be time-intensive for the duration of a mini-trial and may involve over 40 hours in a short time frame, such as 3 to 4 weeks. Special Education advocacy cases (not Due Process) typically require 5-20 hours over 2 to 4 months. Due process cases are more time-intensive and require a minimum of a 3 to 6 month time commitment. Volunteers must maintain a license to practice law, commit to taking at least one case per year, and have prior experience in education law or complete LAF's 3 hour annual training.

About the organization

LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help. 

We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.