Not-for-Credit Opportunities

These opportunities fulfill your fifty-hour pro bono requirement through volunteering with one of these agencies.  You could also learn valuable skills to enhance your ability to become practice-ready.  These opportunities are not credit-bearing nor are they paid positions.  Some of these legal service offices have limitations on the number of law students they can accommodate and others require you to make a commitment of a certain amount of time.

The opportunities below are listed geographically starting with Erie County (Buffalo) and also include Monroe County (Rochester).

Any questions, please contact Vice Dean Melinda Saran.

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Inside Buffalo

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc.
438 Main St. 7th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14202
Contact: Gregory Stewart, Supervising Attorney - 716-847-0662 (Ext. 313),
Gayle Murphy, Esq.,  Coordinator Manager (Ext. 321),
Emma Buckthal, Esq., Supervising Immigration Attorney, (ext. 302),  Buffalo office,

  • In-house internships (divorce, bankruptcy, tort defense, low income taxpayer clinic, unemployment insurance benefits,DOH Positive Family Program)
    Date/Time:  Monday – Friday between 9 – 5

  • Attorney of the morning Eviction Defense Program
    Location: Buffalo City Court, Housing Court
    Date/Time: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

  • Immigration rights project assistance
    Location: Buffalo or Batavia VLP Office
    Date/Time: Date / Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
    Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits project representation

  • Family Court help desk
    Erie County Family Court
    Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
    * School year Pro Se Civil Litigation Support practicum students
    * January Bridge and summer months need interns to conduct intake and assist pro bono attorneys

  • Niagara County Family Court
    Niagara Falls Family Court Building
    Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Chautauqua County Family Court

  • Say Yes Legal Clinics
    located at various Buffalo Public School sites throughout the year
    Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., or 3:30 – 5:30 (depends on legal clinic location)
    Adult Learning Center: noon - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday

  • Federal Court Pro Se Assistance Program
    Room 203, Robert Jackson Federal Courthouse, Buffalo
    Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    * School year Pro Se Civil Litigation Support practicum students
    * January Bridge and summer months need interns to conduct intake and assist pro bono attorneys

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc. 
290 Main Street, Suite 450, Buffalo, NY 14202

  • Arraignment intake
    Public Defender Unit
    Location: Buffalo City Court
    Contact: Kevin Stadelmaier, Chief Attorney - Public Defenders Unit,
    Pre-training required
  • Criminal appeal briefs
    Criminal Appeals Unit
  • Family Court in-court attorney assistance
    Attorney for the Child Unit
    Contact: Judith Gerber, Chief Attorney - Attorneys for Children Unit,
  • Civil Unit
    Reentry from incarceration
    Domestic Violence rapid response - family and financial issues
    Immigrant/refugee issues - working with settlement agencies
    Veteran’s issues - legal check-up
    LGBTQ issues
    Contact: Paul Curtin, Deputy Executive Director, or Lisa Strand, Chief Attorney for New Americans,

Center For Elder Law & Justice
438 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, NY 14202-3208
Contact: Nicole Komin, Esq. Pro Bono Coordinator

  • Housing (tax and mortgage foreclosure, eviction defense)
  • Elder Abuse Prevention, Consumer (fraud and scams that target the elderly)
  • Family (relative custody, grandparents rights, and kinship care issues)
  • Veteran’s Support
  • Substituted Decision-Making
  • Income Maintenance
  • Health Care

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS)
237 Main Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14203

  • Attorney of the morning
    Location: Buffalo City Court, Housing Court
    Date/Time: Tuesday and Thursday mornings
    Contact: Grace Andriette, Housing Unit Supervisor -
  • Housing, Public Benefits, Family Law and Disability Advocacy Project
    Location: Buffalo office
    Date/Time: Flexible
    Contact:  Christine McMenamin, Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Innovator –

WNY Law Center Inc.
37 Franklin St., 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Joseph Keleman, Esq., Executive Director

  • Foreclosures
  • Consumer advocacy assistance through CLARO project
    Contact: Paulette Campbell -

Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc., Legal Services & Advocacy
999 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Michael M. Kane, Director; 716-886-1242 Ext. 322;

Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.
2495 Main Street, Suite 530, Buffalo, NY 14214
882-4963, ext. 203
Contact: Sarah Bertozzi, Esq., Managing Attorney; 716-882-4963 x203;

  • Refugee services; one year commitment required

Outside Erie County

Niagara County

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS)
225 Old Falls Street, Suite 3A  Niagara Falls, New York 14302
Contact: Mary Ann Oliver, Managing Attorney -

Genesee County

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS)
5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, New York 14020
Contact: John Zonitch -

Rochester (Monroe County)

Empire Justice Center
Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14614
Volunteer Online Form

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester
One West Main Street, Suite 800, Rochester, New York 14614
Volunteer information can be found at their website under Volunteer/Intern.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Monroe County Legal Assistance Center (MCLAC)
One West Main Street, 4th Floor, Rochester, NY 14614
Volunteer Online Form

Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
1 West Main Street, Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14614
Danielle Nelson, VLSP Pro Bono Coordinator, or 585-295-5717
Pro bono opportunities:  Program can only handle one law student at a time.  Prefer Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in summer.  Winter break or one day each during the semester will also be acceptable.

Worker Justice Center of New York (formerly Farmworkers Legal Services Project)
1187 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609
585-325-3050 (Ext. 12)
Student will obtain hands on experience working with worker advocacy primarily with migrant and immigrant populations throughout Western New York. Areas include employment and wage issues and representing migrant workers in domestic violence and human trafficking cases.
Contact: Lewis Papenfuse, Co-Executive Director –

Jamestown (Chautauqua County)

Southern Tier Legal Services (formerly Chautauqua County Legal Aid)
111 West Second Street, Suite 250, Jamestown NY 14701