Pro Bono Opportunities
What is Pro Bono?
Generally, legal services that are provided without expectation of compensation to indigent individuals, or to not for-profit organizations with a primary purpose of providing services to the poor or on behalf of the poor qualify as pro bono work. Legal work on matters that have been screened and referred by a qualified legal services provider will qualify as pro bono under the State Bar’s Pro Bono Resolution.
Read more by downloading the PRO BONO FAQs or the State Bar of California Pro Bono Resolution
Where can I find pro bono volunteer opportunities?
See the Pro Bono Programs Guide at CaliforniaProBono.org, a joint project of OneJustice and Pro Bono Net, in collaboration with Pro Bono Legal Services Providers across California. Local legal services program are another source for volunteer opportunities
Where can I get training?
Find FREE MCLE training programs via Practising Law Institute (PLI) and Pro Bono Training Institute
Some local legal services organizations also provide training and support. To find out more about related pro bono trainings, please subscribe to our mailing list.
Join the Pro Bono Practice Program
The State Bar waives the active status membership fee for eligible attorneys who do pro bono work exclusively with a Qualified Legal Services Provider or a State Bar certified lawyer referral service, no-fee or pro-bono panel or a court-based self-help center that is in compliance with California Rule of Court 10.960.
Learn more or download application form
Apply to receive the Wiley W. Manuel Certificates for your pro bono work
The certificate recognizes lawyers, law students, paralegals, legal secretaries and other volunteers in California who contribute at leat 50 hours of pro bono service in a 12-month period.
Download the form and get it signed by the pro bono program coordinator.
Every year at the Annual Meeting the State Bar honors recipients showing exemplary pro bono work.
Learn more or see the past recipients at www.calbar.org/awards
Interested in helping Veterans?
Contact the State Bar at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send contact and case information for your geographical area.
How can I volunteer after a disaster strikes?
Learn how to provide legal assistance to disaster survivors by viewing the following free on-demand web programs via Practising Law Institute:
Sign-up to be an on-call volunteer at email@example.com
Where can I find pro bono opportunities in Federal Court?
Where can I find pro bono appellate opportunities?
Other Pro Bono Resource Links