Pro Bono

Legal Aid of North Carolina has volunteer opportunities for lawyers, law students, paralegals and others who want to donate their time and talents to serve North Carolinians in need.

Our status

Thank you for your interest in pro bono at Legal Aid! We are hiring and training new staff and redesigning our programming for a “post-pandemic” world.

Look for new pro bono opportunities starting August 1. In the meantime, if you have any questions about pro bono, please reach out to us!

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Our programs

Lawyer on the Line

Lawyer on the Line, our advice and brief service program, is a partnership of the North Carolina Bar Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina. It gives private attorneys an easy and rewarding ​way to provide basic legal advice and brief service to Legal Aid clients. Lawyer on the Line volunteers serve thousands of clients every year who have nowhere else to turn.

Facts about Lawyer on the Line

  • Volunteers provide one-hour telephone interviews with Legal Aid clients in need. Calls can be made from the volunteer's home or office.
  • Clients are pre-screened for eligibility and need advice or brief service in one of the following areas of law: consumer, landlord-tenant, child custody, employment, criminal record expunction, foreclosure, government benefits, government housing, and unemployment.
  • Training opportunities, malpractice insurance and mentoring support services are available.

Extended service

Our extended service program is a statewide pro bono program for volunteers who want to provide extended representation and litigation services to Legal Aid clients. Volunteers receive training for CLE credit, mentoring support throughout the duration of a case, and malpractice insurance. You can choose how often to take cases.

We need your help in these areas of law:

  • Consumer
  • Domestic violence
  • Expunctions
  • Immigration (experience required)
  • Private landlord-tenant
  • Medicaid Mediation and Hearings

You can make a real difference in someone's life! Necesitamos abogados que hablen español.

Self-help clinics

We host live, monthly self-help legal clinics virtually throughout the state via Zoom and Facebook Live. At the clinics, participants receive relevant legal documents and watch a live presentation from volunteer attorneys. Following the presentation, volunteer attorneys answer general questions from the audience moderated by a Legal Aid coordinator. No legal advice is given during the informative webinars. The webinar topics include criminal record expungement, child custody, employee rights, simple divorce, tenant rights, and wills and health care powers of attorney.

Other opportunities

We are always working on more volunteer opportunities for lawyers, paralegals, law students and non-legal personnel who want to donate their time and talents to serve North Carolinians in need.