Law Student

Law Student Internships

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law offers additional programs for current law students through our Law Student Internship Program. Students may receive school credit and/or pro bono hours as permitted by their school.

Students work closely with Staff Attorneys in order to:

  • Gain valuable interviewing and writing skills
  • Learn a wide range of family law-related topics, including domestic violence, child support, custody and visitation
  • Help analyze legal issues in a wide variety of cases
  • Provide legal advice (at the direction of their supervisor) to low-income individuals about their legal remedies and available community resources

Opportunities include part-time school year positions and full-time summer positions. Interested students may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to lawstudent@hbcfl.org. Click here to see what our former law students have to say!

Pro Per Program

As our largest volunteer program, the Pro Per Program offers volunteers flexibility in both scheduling  and types of client appointments. The two appointment options are listed below.

  • COAS: In the Client Orientation and Assessment System (COAS) , volunteers interview and provide initial advice to prospective clients in consultation with staff. COAS days are held both in the Harriett Buhai Center offices and at various outreach sites across Los Angeles County.
  • Individual Appointments: Volunteers prepare pleadings, declarations and a variety of other assistance and instruction to help individuals prepare for court. This may include individual advice, meetings, and interviews with clients. Individual appointments take place at the Center.

Volunteers schedule themselves based on their availability using the Center’s online volunteer calendar and scheduling system. Completion of the Harriett Buhai Center’s New Volunteer Training and on-boarding process is required for this program. Click here to inquire.