Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities

The Public Interest Institute offers a number of pro bono projects throughout the year and also helps students to find other volunteer opportunities that align with their interests. Below is a list of regular pro bono opportunities. If you are interested in other pro bono work, contact the Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law.In addition, the Public Interest Student Board regularly organizes community service projects. Contact the Student Board’s Community Service Chairs for more information. You can also find a list of local organizations that may be in need of volunteers here.

For more details about volunteer work, see the Pro Bono Handbook.

Free Legal Advice Clinic

  • Conduct intake interviews with clients to determine legal issues and financial eligibility for further pro bono representation.  Assist volunteer attorneys as needed.
  • Third Thursday of every month, 2:30 – 6:00 (two shifts) at the Tuscaloosa Public Library Main Branch
  • For more information, contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.

Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinic

  • Assist Habitat for Humanity homeowners with preparation of wills and other estate planning documents.  Conduct initial intake interviews, prepare documents, and participate in execution and signing of documents.
  • Clinic is typically held one day each semester.
  • For more information, contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.

Homeless Connect

  • Assist volunteer lawyers in advising people experiencing homelessness at a one-day event providing a variety of services
  • Held one Saturday in the fall semester in Tuscaloosa, and one Saturday in the spring semester in Birmingham.
  • For more information, contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.

 International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

  • Student organization that is part of a national network of lawyers and law students assisting refugees from Middle Eastern countries seeking to relocate to the U.S.
  • For more information, contact Chapter Directors Zaheeda Mohammed or Nic Nivison.

Moral Forum Debate Tournament

  • Serve as a judge during the preliminary rounds of an undergraduate debate tournament that is part of the Moral Forum course offered through the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility.
  • Debate rounds are held at the law school on three days in October.
  • For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Felecia Linton.

Reentry Assistance Project

  • Students will conduct intake at a walk-in clinic held at the Tuscaloosa Office of Probation and Parole, and will provide ex-offenders with basic information on legal issues and referrals to other agencies.
  • Held one to two days per month.
  • For more information, contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.

SaveFirst Tax Preparation

  • Assist low-income families with income tax preparation
  • Training required – 8-hour IRS certification; will be in January (dates TBD)
  • Runs from January – April, with various dates and times available
  • For more information, contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.

 Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic

  • Students will conduct initial client interviews with veterans in need of legal help, and will assist pro bono attorneys as needed at these walk-in clinics.
  • Clinics are held twice a semester.
  • For more information, contact Veterans Legal Assistance Fellow, Daneal Barnaby.

Volunteer Ombudsman

  • Assist in monitoring conditions at West Alabama long-term care facilities. Conduct regular visits and talk with residents at assigned facilities.
  • Time commitment is 2 to 4 hours per month for the academic year.
  • Training will be held in September.
  • For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Felecia Linton.