OrganizationIllinois Legal Aid Online
LocationCan be done anywhere
Legal Answers, a virtual walk-in legal clinic, seeks volunteer attorneys to answer legal questions posted on a secure website.
This is how it works:
- Qualified client posts a question.
- Volunteer attorney logs in to site, previews questions, and selects question to answer.
- Client receives an email telling them to log back in to see answer.
Volunteer attorneys answer questions mainly in family law, housing, and consumer debt. No experience needed. Training and resources available.
- It’s virtual. You decide when to do your pro bono work during lunch at your desk, late at night on your tablet, or on the train.
- It’s low risk. You pick the question and decide whether to remain anonymous or you may interact with the clients and build your network. Malpractice insurance provided.
- It takes mere minutes. It’s a short-term engagement providing limited scope representation. No face-to-face or court hearings.
For more information, watch IL Free Legal Answers Overview.
About the organization
Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) puts the law within reach for all, regardless of income or location. As the statewide legal services technology center, ILAO streamlines the delivery of free and pro bono legal services to lower-income Illinois residents, and delivers easy-to-understand legal information and help to those who can't afford a lawyer.
ILAO's mission is: to increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.
Illinois Legal Aid Online's programs provide essential legal services and support 24/7 to legal aid and pro bono attorneys, pro se litigants and lower-income individuals and families through its website.