Volunteer Opportunities


Take A Case

VLS will work with you to find a case that meets your time constraints and comfort level. Use the opportunity to learn a new field or stick to what you know. Either way, we can give you a call when we get a case that meets your needs. Or, if you prefer, we can refer cases to you on a more routine basis.

Baker Botts Attorneys Tecuan Flores (L) & Sarah Coleman (R) with VLS clients Mr. & Mrs. Payton.

*NOTE: We especially need attorneys willing to take cases of Spanish-speaking clients. You do not have to speak Spanish to take one of these cases. VLS has resources and services available, such as interpreters and translated documents, to assist you should you agree to take a Spanish-speaker’s case. We have a large number of clients who have been waiting much longer than usual for help with their case, simply because attorneys have been more likely to take English-speaking cases. We want to make sure that attorneys are aware that we can help them with translation/interpretation services!

We also need volunteer mediators and volunteers willing to serve as the attorney ad litem in uncontested pro se cases involving a missing spouse or respondent.

If you are interested in taking a case with VLS, or would like more information, contact Associate Director Anna K. Meyers directly at 512-640-7745 or akmeyers@vlsoct.org.

Give Advice at the Evening Legal Clinics

Giving legal advice at one of the evening legal clinics is a great way to help our low-income neighbors without a huge time commitment. Travis County clinics are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at local middle schools, Bastrop and Hays clinics are held once per month on the first & second Tuesday (barring a few clinic closures for holidays). The clinics generally run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The need for help at the clinics is great. Typically, over 6,000 people per year come to get help. Click here to see our 2016 Fall Clinic Dates.

If you are interested in volunteering to give advice at our evening legal clinics, or would like more information, contact Associate Director Anna K. Meyers directly at 512-640-7745 or akmeyers@vlsoct.org.

Applicants line up for registration at one of our evening legal clinics.

Applicants line up for registration at one of our evening legal clinics.

Run an Assisted
Pro Se Clinic

In our assisted pro se clinics, attorney and paralegal volunteers help low-income people with their uncontested legal matters.  There is great satisfaction in helping small groups of people navigate the legal system and complete their case on their own.

If you are interested in volunteering to run an assisted pro se clinic, or would like more information, contact Associate Director Anna K. Meyers directly at 512-640-7745 or akmeyers@vlsoct.org.

Be a Mentor to Other Volunteers

Are you an experienced attorney with a desire to both give back to the community and help younger attorneys get started on their own path? Answering questions in your area of expertise is an excellent way to do both things at once! Mentors and consultants are invaluable sources of information and help make the volunteer experience more edifying for new attorneys. See the Mentor-Mentee Program for more information.

Assist With Our Outreach Program

We are currently in search of volunteer attorneys to help with our Attorney-on-Call Program!
ATX Poverty levels 2013 (final)

As Austin’s population grows by leaps and bounds, so too does the number of people living in poverty who cannot afford the services of an attorney but live too far from the city of Austin to access free legal help offered within its boundaries, like our Monday-Wednesday evening legal clinics. In response to this massive growth and population change, Volunteer Legal Services launched its Outreach Program in order to address the legal needs of people living in suburban and rural areas outside of Austin. This program is designed to give the community local access to our organization by  having our Outreach Coordinator set up a table at local community centers where the general public can inquire about and apply for our services, as well as hosting monthly legal clinics in these outlying areas.

Staff members from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, VLS, and volunteer attorneys at the Bastrop legal clinic.

Those interested in helping with the Outreach Program should contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lexie Cooper, directly at 512-640-7748 or via email at lcooper@vlsoct.org.

More Ways to Help

We are always in need of volunteer interpreters, paralegals, and extra hands in general. Call 512-476-5550 to learn how you can help!