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CVLS Neighborhood Legal Clinics

Clinic volunteers meet with clients one evening or weekend day every few months to provide a full range of legal services on a wide variety of issues. Volunteers provide brief legal advice and may choose to handle cases that need representation. Volunteers can select a clinic by location, case type, or ethnic/cultural clientele. Each clinic is chaired by a veteran volunteer who will guide and mentor you.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then 4 hours every few months, longer if a volunteer accepts a case for representation.

Training and support

CVLS provides in-person and recorded training programs as well as manuals and other support to those volunteers who need it.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, negotiating, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

CVLS Neighborhood Legal Clinics

Clinic volunteers meet with clients one evening or weekend day every few months to provide a full range of legal services on a wide variety of issues. Volunteers provide brief legal advice and may choose to handle cases that need representation. Volunteers can select a clinic by location, case type, or ethnic/cultural clientele. Each clinic is chaired by a veteran volunteer who will guide and mentor you.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then 4 hours every few months, longer if a volunteer accepts a case for representation.

Training and support

CVLS provides in-person and recorded training programs as well as manuals and other support to those volunteers who need it.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, negotiating, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL